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Working with such a well recognised brand and having the security and power that come with this, while having the freedom to lead my own team of people is what I love most – this is unique.

Dominie

Dispensing/Retail Joint Venture Partner

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What makes you most proud of your time so far at Specsavers?

Opening 100 stores in 100 days was amazing! The fastest retail expansion in Australia. It was an absolute privilege to work alongside so many different stores partners and their teams, supporting them but also learning from them.


What are the best things about your role?

Working with such a well recognised brand and having the security and power that come with this, while having the freedom to lead my own team of people is what I love most – this is unique.

But my absolute favourite part of being a Specsavers director is my ability to develop my team. I recruit people new to the industry and offer them the opportunity to build their own careers. All of my team have their own development plans and are on a journey themselves.

Having an optometry partner to work alongside is also great. We support each other, challenge each other and complement each other’s skill sets.


How have you developed?

I began as an optical assistant, in a country town called Berri on the Murray River in South Australia. I was 18 and had decided to take a gap year before commencing University, where I was enrolled to study Speech Pathology. I quickly landed the store manager role and after being in store for approximately 9 months, the practice was purchased by Specsavers.

I was then offered a position as a mobile manager with the group and relocated to Adelaide. I was there for literally a matter of weeks, when I was offered a position as a trainer. I (at the time reluctantly) deferred uni once more and jumped on a plane to commence a six-week intensive training program. I then became the SA/WA Regional Development Manager.

My role was to support stores in their opening or conversion to Specsavers; running store start up training and then follow up in store. We were opening 100 stores in 100 days at this stage; it was ridiculously exciting. I learnt so much from each of the stores I worked with and built relationships with so many wonderful people. Approximately 18 months in to this role, the opportunity to become a Joint Venture Partner in my new local store came up. I jumped at it!

I was the Retail Director of Specsavers Norwood for just over two years, when I chose to take up the challenge of the CBD store. I have been the Retail Director in Rundle Mall now for nearly three years.


Describe the culture?

You can't work for Specsavers and not be passionate. Every person I've encountered throughout my journey so far are passionate about the brand, what we do and our people. I love this.

One of our values is to treat others as you wish to be treated; and this shows in all we do. I love that we offer career progression for all of our people; junior optical assistants right through to those working in the corporate team. We encourage promotion from within and really look after our people.


Why would you recommend a career at Specsavers?

Working with Specsavers comes with the benefits of working for a large global brand with a huge support system but without a lot of the downfalls that can come with large companies. They are a company who are passionate about their people and customers. And being a store partner allows you to own and run your own business but with a lot more security and 30 years’ worth of brand awareness on your side.