All sorts of people make their careers with Specsavers, and that diversity really is our strength – we’re all as different as the customers and communities we help every day.
That word ‘community’ is a big deal for us too – the way our stores and our business are structured is all about making sure that we have a happy, close-knit group of people who are working hard for their customers. A lot of that comes from the fact that although we’re one of the UK’s leading opticians – and a global business – we’re still family run. So, we think of ourselves as one big family that everyone feels they have a stake in.
Our system of Joint Venture Partnerships running our stores ensures this – every store is part-owned and managed by its own directors, who we support with marketing, accounting, IT and wholesaling services.
We also want you to get on – we’re all about career development here, and we’ll always try and be flexible in order to make sure that your work fits around your life too. One of the first things that we’ll do when you join us (after you’ve been properly inducted) is to create a personal development plan – we’ll talk it through with you and make sure that it fits with your strengths and gives you a clear idea of how you’re going to achieve your ambitions. And once you’re working with us, you’ll have access to a huge range of learning and development tools. We’ve really tried to make sure that there’s something for everyone here – we all learn in different ways, so whether it’s practical workshops or e-learning, you be able to find something to suit you.
You have the opportunity to run your own business as well as being a clinician
Benefits & Salary
Being an optometrist is a demanding role that requires a big commitment from you. But we’re also happy to invest in your talent in return – salaries for optometrists at Specsavers start from around £30,000, with the package increasing from there as your expertise and your role grows. That compares well to other graduate jobs, and when you consider that it’s a qualification that will guarantee you a salary throughout your career, then it’s an attractive career choice. We also make sure that there are plenty of other reasons for you to choose and then stay with Specsavers – from a pension scheme, paid health and dental schemes and health insurance through to a quarterly bonus scheme. Every store has a bespoke benefits package which may include eye care vouchers, a parking space, flexible working hours and a store discount tailored to suit your needs.
There are a huge amount of different opportunities for you within Specsavers, in both the optical and hearing care sides of our business. To find out more about the various roles you could take on, head to http://jobs.specsavers.co.uk/explore-careers
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Within the optometry side of our business, once you’ve been to university you will work as a graduate pre-registration optometrist, getting the practical experience you need and undertaking a period of continuous assessment before qualifying. Then once you’re qualified, you could be either an optometrist based in one of our stores or you could be out and about in the community as a Domiciliary Optometrist, supporting people in their own homes.
In hearing care, you could also join us a graduate audiologist, or in one of the many other audiology roles we have available – for example as a Hearing Care Assistant you’d work alongside our Hearing Aid Dispenser to look after your patients.
Front of store – You’re the first face our customers see as they walk through the door, so you need to be a great people person. As one of our key front of store people it’s up to you to look after our customers’ needs and use your expertise to deal directly with people to help them find their new look.
Optical assistants – You’ll carry out preliminary screening tests before the main eye exam, and you’ll also be responsible for dispensing, as well as giving advice and making any adjustments our customers need.
Dispensing opticians – You’ll fit and supply the best eye care products for our patients, depending on their needs.
Contact Lens opticians – This is a similar role to dispensing opticians, but you’ll specialise in dispensing contact lenses.
Supervisors and managers – It’s your role to look after the staff and make sure they’ve got all the support they need.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Specsavers isn’t just a great place to start your career – it’s also an ideal place to develop it and to grow your expertise. We’ll support you all the way throughout your career, whether you want to specialise in a particular area or develop your leadership skills in order to become a Joint Venture Partner. Take a look at our dedicated page to find out more