Position: Dispensing Optician

Location: Hempstead Valley, Kent

Salary: Up to £30,000 per annum depending on experience + performance related bonus

Working hours: Full time, 4-day working week with alternate weekends (36 hours)

Experience level: This role is open to both newly qualified and experienced Dispensing Opticians who are registered with the GOC


Opening in May 2023, Specsavers in Hempstead Valley has become one of the leading opticians in the area and we are looking for a driven Dispensing Optician to join them on a full-time basis. The focus at this store is about pulling together and working as a team to ensure that our valued patients have an excellent experience.


As the store only opened last year you will be joining a state-of-the-art practice that is modern, bright, and new. Boasting 9 test rooms over 2 floors you will be impressed with the latest clinical technology and equipment you would have access to. The store is busy with 5 optical clinics running per day which includes daily Enhanced Optical Services (EOS), as well as 4 audiology and 4 contact lens clinics running per week.


Dispensing Opticians are the face of the clinic on the shop floor and usually an integral part of the store management team, so Hempstead Valley are keen to get you up to speed with management responsibilities. With ILM courses, pre-reg supervision and the opportunity to own your own Specsavers business, the store directors can guide you on your way to becoming a great leader. This, along with your clinical expertise will stand you in good stead if you choose to become a store director yourself one day.


Hempstead Valley has 3 sister stores – Chatham, Gillingham and Strood. All stores are owned by the same group of 4 directors who have a huge wealth of experience and would be able to offer incredible professional and clinical support and development. Collectively, they have developed 5 members of the team who are now directors of their own stores. Could you be the next? 


What’s on offer?

  • Up to £30,000 per annum depending on experience
  • A strong performance related bonus scheme
  • Full time, 4-day working week with alternate weekends
  • Professional fees paid
  • Specsavers Perks Plus
  • Annual subscription to the “Headspace” app
  • WeCare – UK confidential employee helpline
  • Pension contribution
  • Outstanding clinical and professional development opportunities
  • Access to the latest clinical technology and equipment
  • Free parking
  • Tier 2 licensed sponsor

What we’re looking for

Alongside being a qualified and GOC registered Dispensing Optician, we are searching for someone who shares our store’s ethos. Someone who wants to grow, develop, and offer exceptional customer care along the way. We want a practitioner who prides themselves on their clinical judgment, that isn’t afraid of a hands-on approach and who is keen to get involved and build rapport with the rest of the team. In summary, we’re looking for a skilled Dispensing Optician to join us, be part of the team and assist in driving our practice forward. We value and put our staff first and their development is key to us.


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.


Find out more

If you like the sound of this opportunity, get in touch, we’d love to tell you more about it. Contact Lauren Singh on 07549 210919 or email lauren.singh@specsavers.com


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