How to write a HR Manager 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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What does an HR Manager do?

A HR Manager plays a pivotal role within employee relations. HR Managers work with employees throughout their entire time within a company, from new hires to employees who have quit, been fired, or laid off. An HR Manager handles employee benefits and compensation, as well as workplace disputes and legal situations.

HR Manager 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 HR Manager job titles

  • HR Manager
  • Senior HR Manager
  • HR Manager (with HRSmart proficiency)
  • Human Resources Manager

HR Manager 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 HR Manager job summary

We are looking for an HR Manager who can make our company a premier employment destination for the top talent in our industry. The HR Manager will be responsible for evaluating employee programs, recommending improvements to employee relations policies and making sure that all employee-related policies in each department align with our corporate goals and established regulations. The successful candidate will be charged with reducing employee turnover at our company and attracting top talent to fill open positions.

HR Manager 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 HR Manager responsibilities

  • Develop programs to enhance employee relations and offer employee support to each staff member
  • Ensure that the new hire orientation process properly introduces new employees to the corporate culture
  • Deliver compensation and benefit comparison reports to the executive team each month and make recommendations to improve the company’s current offerings
  • Come up with new ways to measure employee morale and determine methods for improving overall employee satisfaction
  • Act as liaison between the company and outside legal and professional resources to ensure that all employment policies follow current laws and regulations

HR Manager 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 HR Manager skills

  • Bachelor’ Degree in Human Resources or related business field
  • 3+ years’ experience in a human resources supervisory position
  • Demonstrated ability to improve employee morale
  • Comprehensive understanding of local, state and federal employment laws
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills
  • Strong understanding of HRSmart software preferred

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