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Supervisor Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Supervisor. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Supervisor
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Supervisor Work Information

    Finding Suitable Work

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    Working Duties Expected

    Supervisors manage or organise a team of other workers in an organisation or department. The work involves planning workloads and rosters, delegating tasks to members of the team, and sorting out any problems that arise. The work often requires communication with other departments within the organisation, and most supervisors work as part of a team, so only part of the time is spent on supervisory jobs.

    Supervisors work in a wide range of industries and environments, for example leading a sales or advisory team, or a team or department in an office, factory, restaurant, hotel, shop or call centre.

    While much of the time will be spent on the actual work of their team, supervisors are also likely to have to complete regular paperwork, such as reports on the progress of the team, staff work and leave sheets and budgetary information. Other duties will depend on the organisation worked for but may include interviewing staff and carrying out appraisals, involvement in training and assessment, and in smaller organisations supervisors might be responsible for maintenance of the building and equipment.

    Supervisors will also need to have up-to-date knowledge of relevant laws and procedures, such as health and safety regulations, equal opportunities laws, and customer or sales policies of the organisation.

    In some jobs, staff team members will work at more than one location, so travel between different offices or sites may be necessary.

    Hours and Environment
    Supervisors work 37-40 hours a week, including shifts where the employing organisation's opening hours require it. Some jobs are seasonal, and there may be the opportunity for part-time hours or job-sharing.

    Supervisors normally work indoors, in different types of working conditions. A uniform or protective clothing may be worn.

    Skills and Interests
    To be a supervisor you should:

    • fully understand the products and procedures of the organisation
    • be approachable and communicate well with people
    • be able to motivate staff and provide leadership to a team
    • be able to build good relationships with colleagues at all levels
    • be good at planning
    • be calm, flexible and decisive when changes need to be made
    • be able to make quick, effective decisions
    • have good health and stamina
    • be able to keep accurate records and write clear reports, often including figurework
    • have IT skills for some jobs.

    Entry
    There are no set qualifications needed to be a supervisor. Many people become supervisors after having gained extensive experience in their job.

    Some employers may request specific qualifications depending on the type of business, but most employers look for a good general educational background. Some require two to four GCSEs (A-C)/three to five S grades (1-3).

    NVQ/SVQs in Administration Levels 1 to 3, Customer Service Levels 2 and 3, or other subjects relevant to the type of business, may also be useful in getting a job.

    Other specific courses and qualifications that could be useful include Institute of Leadership and Management certificates and awards, including Introductory Certificate and Diploma, World Class Team Leader and Call Centre Supervisor awards.

    Training
    Employers have their own in-house training programmes for supervisors. They may include study for relevant NVQs/SVQs such as Team Leading Level 2 and Management Levels 3 and 4.

    Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
    For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).

    Opportunities
    A wide range of organisations employ supervisors. There are many opportunities in retail, in accommodation and catering, offices, factories and warehouses, call centres, information and advisory centres.

    There may be the chance to apply for more senior or management positions, or to move into a different type of business to gain more responsibility or a higher salary.

    Annual Income

    Figures are intended as a guideline only.

    Inexperienced supervisors usually earn around £10,500.
    Experienced supervisors can earn £16,500 or more.
    Senior supervisors with wider responsibilities may earn around £20,500 or more.

    In certain organisations there may be the possibility of receiving overtime pay or commission on sales.

    Further information
    Institute of Leadership and Management
    Stowe House
    Netherstowe
    Lichfield
    Staffordshire
    WS13 6TJ
    Tel: 01543 251346
    www.i-l-m.com

    Most professions and industries carry a wide and varied selection of admin and secretarial jobs. Here are some examples of related job roles and positions which may be of interest:

    • Admin & Secretarial
    • Administrator
    • Data Entry Clerk
    • Facilities Manager
    • HR Administrator
    • Legal Secretary
    • Medical Secretary
    • Office Manager
    • PA
    • Receptionist
    • Secretary
    • Other Admin/Secretarial

  • Other Useful Supervisor Work Information

    We have a section available at this site on Supervisor job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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    Aberdeen, Berkshire, Aberdeen, Bath, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cambridgeshire, Cardiff, Central London, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Coventry, Derby, Devon, Docklands, Dorset, Dundee, Durham, East Midlands, East Sussex, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Gloucester, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leeds, Leicester, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Midlands and in various parts of the West Midlands

    Details of other Supervisor Jobs can also be found in other UK wide areas including:-
    Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Norfolk, North London, North Midlands, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Northern Ireland, Northumberland, Norwich, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Plymouth, Salisbury, Scotland, Sheffield, Shropshire, Somerset, South East, South London, South Midlands, Southampton, Staffordshire Surrey, Swansea, Swindon, Telford, Wales, Warwickshire, West End, West London, West Midlands, Worcestershire, York and throughout Yorkshire.

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