How to write a Shift 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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Shift 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 Shift Manager job titles

  • Shift Manager
  • Senior Shift Manager
  • Night Shift Manager
  • Shift Manager (Part-Time)
  • Shift Supervisor

Shift 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 Shift Manager job summary

Our manufacturing company requires the services of an experienced Shift Manager who can assume the management role for one of our more advanced production teams working on a rotating schedule that changes each month. The successful applicant will be responsible for developing efficient work methods, and collaborating with employees to increase productivity while maintaining our strong safety record. If you have experience leading a team in the manufacturing industry, please get in touch with us.

Shift 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 Shift Manager responsibilities

  • Assign each member of the team tasks based on their competencies and the needs of the group to meet production goals
  • Utilize the backgrounds and talents of crew supervisors to enhance their abilities and groom them for future management roles
  • Develop a work environment that encourages compliance with company, state and federal safety and employment guidelines
  • Set performance metrics for each team member and then work with team members to make sure that all metrics are met
  • Meet with management once each week to discuss the company’s production goals and how the team is working to meet those goals

Shift 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 Shift Manager skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related field preferred
  • 5+ years’ production experience
  • 3+ years’ managerial or supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of database and productivity software required
  • Six Sigma or LEAN certification preferred, but not required
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills

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