Position: Lead Optometrist

Location: Shirley, Southampton

Salary: Up to £70,000 depending on experience + bonus

Working hours: Full time or part time – minimum 4 days

Experience level: You must be a GOC registered Optometrist with experience supervising or be willing to supervise pre-reg’s


A rare opportunity has become available for a Lead Optometrist to join Specsavers in Shirley, Southampton. We are looking for a Lead Optometrist, where alongside testing you’ll take on additional responsibilities.


Working with our Directors you will have an input into the making of key business decisions within the store, you will drive clinical and commercial excellence as well as supervising a pre-registration Optometrist.


We recognise that our people are the key to our success. That’s why, at Specsavers we do everything we can to ensure our team get the best from us too – from market-leading training, access to cutting-edge technology and a personal development plan built around you. Become our next Lead Optometrist at Specsavers in Shirley – a highly successful store with a great reputation for staff progression and unparalleled support.


What’s on offer?

  • An annual salary of up to £70,000 depending on experience
  • An uncapped performance-based bonus scheme up to £9,600
  • 33 days annual leave
  • Your Birthday off
  • Sick Pay
  • Enhanced Family leave
  • Professional fees paid
  • Supportive and experienced team with an excellent reputation for professional development
  • Support with CPD points
  • Tier 2 sponsorship in place 
  • Free on-site parking
  • Access to the latest clinical technology such as OCT
  • Specsavers Enhanced Perks – Perks is our discounted benefits scheme.

  • Subscription to the “Headspace” App

  • WeCare – UK confidential employee helpline


Our Optometrists are an integral part of our store management team, so we’re keen to get you up to speed outside the test room too. With ILM courses, Pre-Reg supervision and the Specsavers Partnership scheme (Pathway) all available to explore. Along with your clinical expertise – this will stand you in good stead if you choose to become a store director yourself one day.



Shirley is a former village located on the western side of Southampton with its focus of the area being retail and residential. Specsavers Shirley is a 10-minute drive from Southampton Central train station. There is also a direct bus link from Southampton station to Shirley Specsavers which takes 15 minutes.


About Specsavers:
Specsavers began 40 years ago with the vision of two optometrists, Doug, and Mary Perkins, who set out to provide best-value eyecare to everybody. Their passion for optometry has led Specsavers to become the largest privately-owned optical group in the world, delivering high-quality, affordable optical and hearing care. And it continues to shape the lives and experience of thousands of colleagues who are developing their careers with us across the globe. We are proud of how far we’ve come as a business, now we want to see you grow with us too.


Find out more!

If you like the sound of this opportunity, I’d love to tell you more about it.  Please get in touch at Jakki.Whitehouse@specsavers.com, call me on 01566 788 644 / 07526 507 195  or drop me a WhatsApp message. 




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