How to write a Material Handler job description
Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.
Material Handler job title
A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.
Examples of Material Handler job titles
Material Handler job summary
A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.
Example of a Material Handler job summary
We are looking for a reliable Material Handler to help maintain warehouse stock and assist in fulfilling orders. Our Material Handler will be responsible for unloading product deliveries, staging products based on customer orders and assisting with organising and maintaining existing inventory. Preference will be given to candidates who are licensed to operate a forklift, available to work overtime hours during the busier times of the year and able to lift up to 45 kg at a time.
Material Handler responsibilities and duties
The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.
Examples of Material Handler responsibilities
Assist in reviewing pick sheets based on customer orders and then pulling the right products for each order
Work closely with the inventory group to monitor supply levels and submit purchasing recommendations on a regular basis
Load and unload delivery trucks and make sure that each incoming delivery matches the company purchase order
Collaborate with the inventory control and purchasing groups to determine when product is missing in a delivery
Material Handler qualifications and skills
Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.
Examples of Material Handler skills
School leaver’s certificate required
Ability to lift loads of 30-45 kg
Current and valid forklift licence
Able to work occasional weekends, holidays and evenings
1+ years’ inventory management experience
Strong attention to detail
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