How to write a Supervisor 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.

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Supervisor 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 Supervisor job titles

    Department Supervisor
    Program Monitor
    Team Manager
    Site Supervisor (Remote)
    Area Coordinator

Supervisor 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 Supervisor job summary

Our growing company is looking for a talented and results-driven Supervisor to manage workflow at our facilities. The ideal candidate should have experience organizing work groups, coaching employees, monitoring progress, enforcing rules and ensuring quality compliance. You must possess strong communication and leaderships skills as well as the ability to resolve workplace issues effectively. The Supervisor will be excited about guiding, training and supporting their team members and is highly motivated to help our company fulfill its larger mission. The successful candidate will be people-centered, supportive and flexible in order to get the most of his/her team. You should also be a natural leader that’s focused on inspiring employees to own their work and deliver better results.

Supervisor 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 Supervisor responsibilities

    Set performance goals and project deadlines that align with the company’s larger plans
    Delegate work to employees, track progress and provide constructive feedback throughout projects
    Address problems with work quality, issues between employees and other concerns in an effective, timely manner
    Ensure employees adhere to company policies and legal regulations
    Serve as a link between subordinates and upper management
    Conduct performance reviews, motivate team members and create strategies to boost productivity

Supervisor 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 Supervisor skills

    Experience in a supervisory or managerial role
    Excellent communication and leadership skills
    Bachelor’s Degree in Management or related field required
    Experience using collaboration tools, such as SharePoint or Slack
    Great organizational skills and an eye for detail
    Ability to train employees when needed

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