Developing my career in Finance – Emily’s story

What was your background before joining Specsavers?
I had a few different jobs like working in the Marks and Spencer bakery, working in the café in Waitrose and temping in a pension company before joining Specsavers. I was also doing some exams in basic accounting to increase my knowledge in that area.

In a nutshell, what do you do?
I am currently a tax accountant managing a team of four people. This is a new role that I have only been doing for a few months.

What does your typical day look like?
I run daily KPIs, do some training, attend meetings, do emails and assist the team with issues they face. I am also do ad-hoc projects when I have free time.

What makes you most proud of your time at Specsavers so far?
In my five years at Specsavers I have managed to complete an accounting qualification and have gone from an administrator in my first role to a manager in my current role.

How has Specsavers supported your development?
I was able to attend college courses that were paid for by Specsavers, and I was able to take time off to study and take exams. My managers were flexible with study days and supported me when I needed extra help whether that was giving advice or letting us take a longer lunch to go to college to sit with one of the tutors when something wasn’t making sense.

What do you love about your job? What is a challenge?
I have recently changed role because I wanted to take on a new challenge, I had been in my previous team for almost 5 years, so it was time to try something new. I am currently learning about the world of tax and even though it is very challenging to learn a whole new job I am enjoying it.

Describe the Specsavers culture in three words:
Energetic, ever-changing and engaging.

What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers?
If you work hard there are a lot of opportunities to develop and grow within the company. It is a really nice environment and the people are great.

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