Hiring a production supervisor might feel like a daunting task, with the manufacturing and logistics industries continuing to see a large uptick in job opportunities overall. In fact, data from labor-insights provider Burning Glass shows there have been approximately 72,000 job postings for production supervisors in the past 12 months, with an average of 36 (very long) days to fill the role.
So how can you attract the best production supervisors to fill these positions in a quick and easy way? Here's a simple checklist that you can use when looking for a great production supervisor:1. make sure your hiring process is efficient and seamless 2. explore competitive compensation options for the role 3. identify the skills you need in a production supervisor 4. create a job description that gets the reader excited 5. stay on top of hiring trends for this role 6. select the best channels for finding the right candidates
Read on for simple approaches to putting this checklist into action to strengthen your recruitment strategy today.
1. speed up your hiring process
If it's been a while since you've had to hire a production supervisor, you're not alone. There are fewer openings for production supervisors in the manufacturing and logistics space than for roles like assemblers, forklift operators and warehouse laborers. This is due not only to the obvious need for fewer management roles, but also the greater need for experience and elevated skill sets in this critical supervisory role. And when you're foggy about your recruitment strategy for finding the best production supervisor out there, it's going to start slowing down your entire process.
If you're taking more than the average 36 days to bring on new production supervisors, start by looking for inefficiencies in your internal processes to keep you on track. Does it take too long to get the job description finalized with the hiring manager? Are you waiting too long to contact an interested candidate or delaying the decision-making process? Use this diagram to determine where you can add efficiency to your process.
2. develop a competitive compensation package
You may not know how competitive your current salary and compensation package is for production supervisors, both inside and outside your state. So head on over to Randstad's salary guide to determine where your organization stands in the national job market.
The national averages included in our salary guide make a great place to start. But since compensation for production supervisors can differ greatly from one organization to the next, use our salary calculator to see the latest data on pay rates for production supervisors and other similar roles in any of your operational markets.
As people move up in their careers, hourly wages and salaries aren't the only compensation they look for. With some organizations, production supervisors also are compensated based on efficiencies and profits goals. If your competitors offer bonuses for meeting these types of goals, look into whether or not your organization can compete in the same way.
3. identify the top skills for production supervisors
Even if you have a production supervisor job description in place, work with your team to define (or redefine) the skills, training and experience that are nonnegotiable in a successful candidate.
Qualifications can fall into two categories: the "must-haves" — necessary education level and years of experience, along with physical abilities, communication and planning skills, and a commitment to teamwork — and the "nice to haves" — like knowledge of lean manufacturing principles or specific experience in your industry.
To get you started, here are some of those specialized skills most often requested when looking for strong production supervisors:
Don't forget that production supervisors are team leaders, so also consider the intangibles, like if they're a good fit with your company culture or whether they possess the innate leadership abilities you need.
Ask the hiring manager and floor leaders for examples of people who demonstrate those characteristics so you all have an idea of how to identify those unique qualities during interviews.
4. write an eye-catching job description
It can be intimidating to write an effective and engaging job description — especially if you haven't had to hire a production supervisor in a while. Here are three things to focus on when writing a job description to draw in the best candidates:
For more in-depth assistance with the writing process, head on over to our guide to writing highly effective job descriptions and see those resumes for qualified applicants roll in.
5. stay on top of industry trends
Demand for manufacturing jobs is forecast to grow in the coming years due to increased digitalization and increased efficiency and output overall. The need for skilled managers in this fast-paced environment makes this a very competitive market, and will continue to push employers to find and retain the best management talent.
Here are some key hiring trends to keep in mind:
Rising demand from e-commerce means companies are growing their warehouse headcount. They will need the right leaders — the best production supervisors — to manage these warehouses and keep up with innovations alongside the company.
The tech boom will continue to drive growth, so employers need production supervisors who have mastered the more traditional trade skill sets and have the tech savvy and flexibility to stay competitive. Employers must act fast if they want to find the right people who will help them innovate quickly.
California, Michigan, Texas and Ohio regularly maintain the highest concentration of production supervisor job openings, likely due to traditional manufacturing activity and the explosion of interest tech companies have in these states.
6. determine which channels help you find your best candidates
You want to find the top production supervisors for your organization, which might mean looking outside of your traditional candidate pool, both geographically and otherwise.
Consider working with a staffing firm with expertise in the manufacturing and logistics industry to attract the top talent you're looking for in this highly competitive, tech-driven industry. Over the coming years, demand for this specialized people will continue to increase, so gaining access to a nationwide network of top talent — screened, vetted and available on demand — can make all the difference.
Get in touch with the manufacturing and logistics experts at Randstad today to get one step closer to finding your next great production supervisor. Or head on over to our Find Employees portal and get to know our large pool of screened and vetted production supervisors right away.