How to write a Production 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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Production Supervisor job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize 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 specialized, consider including the specialization 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 Production Supervisor job titles

    Production Supervisor
    Senior Production Supervisor
    Manufacturing Production Supervisor
    Production Supervisor (2nd Shift)
    Production Manager

Production 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 Production Supervisor job summary

Our manufacturing plant hopes to find a qualified and cost-conscious professional to fill the open position of Production Supervisor. The successful candidate will take the initiative to increase our production stats while reducing our total cost outlay. We’re looking for a creative thinker who doesn’t mind sharing his or her ideas and implementing new strategies to benefit the business. If you’re a hard worker with excellent managerial skills and superior time management skills, we want to talk to you. We offer a competitive salary, a high-energy work environment, excellent benefits and the opportunity to build your resume.

Production 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 organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Production Supervisor responsibilities

    Create and oversee an employee training schedule that emphasizes productivity and resource conservation
    Evaluate each station of the manufacturing process to ensure maximum efficiency
    Enforce safety policies and procedures (both in-house and regulatory) to decrease the potential for employee injuries on the job
    Assume responsibility for manufacturing and shipping processes in the plant
    Inspect products prior to shipment to ensure accurate labeling and record keeping
    Maintain open lines of communication between employees, management and executives
    Ensure all resources and assets are used efficiently and correctly

Production 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 Production Supervisor skills

    Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field required
    Previous experience in a supervisory capacity
    4+ years’ manufacturing plant experience
    Ability to create and follow schedules
    Organization skills and willingness to assume accountability for plant practices required
    Ability to stand for long periods of time and carry loads of 50+ lbs necessary

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