Optometrist - South Shields, Tyne & Wear

South Shields
Competitive plus benefits
Closing date
22 Dec 2021

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Job Role
Multiple Practice
Contract Type
Full Time
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Come and find out why South Shields have one of the best retention rates around, and become part of a team that Is continuing to grow!


Bryan opened the store around 27 years ago, with a staff of 9, of those 9, all are still working in the store. Shortly after opening Mel joined as the manager, and this year bought in as the second director, alongside Bryan. The store can rightfully brag about their amazing retention, having 19 of their 30 staff having been with them over 10 years.


The reason people stay is because the director's value their staff. There are weekly department meetings, and one of those is a meeting with the entire optom team to discuss new legislation, share knowledge and work out any kinks. Alongside this the team events to reward the staff are enough to make you want to join. Every staff member who reaches their 10 years gets not only a gift, but it is an excuse for a team outing.


What’s on Offer?

  • An annual package of up to £60,000 per annum
  • Private health and dental cover
  • Pension contribution
  • Outstanding clinical and professional development opportunities
  • Support with CET
  • Access to the latest clinical technology such as OCT
  • Regular Team events
  • Become part of an award-winning practice
  • Flexibility
  • On the Metro line from Sunderland and Newcastle

We are passionate about the clinical development of our team, and as our new Optometrist, we would support you with extra courses and specialisms that interest you. Whatever your ambitions, from WOPEC qualifications and independent prescribing to paediatric accreditations or enhanced optical services, we’ll do everything we can to help you be the best clinician you can be. 


With a focus on flexibility, we are open to full-time and part-time applicants and will consider any working pattern to suit you. So, whether you need condensed hours, alternate weekends or early finishes, we’re open to making it work – but let’s talk about that later.

Platinum employer

Our store is an accredited Platinum Employer – this means you can expect an exceptional employee experience every single day you work here. The Platinum Employer Scheme is part of the Specsavers drive to become a famous place to work. Stores with this accreditation have been verified on five key employer standards: Recruitment, Performance Management and Reward, Talent Management, Learning and Development and Employee Engagement.


What we’re looking for

Alongside being a qualified and GOC registered Optometrist, the right person for this position will be confident, possess a strong worth ethic and a willingness to succeed. You’ll be passionate about your job and enjoy a fast-paced environment. We are looking for an Optometrist who will go the extra mile for our customers and someone who encourages their colleagues to do the same. In summary, we’re looking for a high calibre resident Optometrist to join us and assist in driving this excellent practice forward.


Find out more

If you like the sound of this opportunity, get in touch, we’d love to tell you more about it. Contact Catherine Fairbanks on 01566 771 888 or email catherine.fairbanks@specsavers.com


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