Position: Optometrist
Location: Hempstead Valley

Financial Package: Up to £65,000 (depending on experience) + Benefits
Working hours: Full time or Part time
Experience level: You must be a GOC registered Optometrist


Specsavers in Hempstead Valley, a BRAND-NEW store opening in March 2023, are looking for a forward-thinking Optometrist 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. With an outstanding package on offer worth up to £65,000, including 33 days annual leave, uncapped bonus scheme, 100% financial support for additional courses, professional fees paid, 24/7 GP support and a healthcare cash plan – joining Specsavers in Hempstead Valley as our Optometrist truly is a fabulous opportunity.


What’s on Offer?

  • Financial Package up to £65,000 (depending on experience)
  • Hours to be worked over 4 weekdays, with no weekends required, except for a single additional Sunday every five weeks
  • Holiday allowance of 33 days per year
  • GOC and College fees paid for
  • Private health and dental cover
  • Perks Plus Level 2- Healthcare cash plans that pay out up to a maximum benefit to the employee on production of receipts/evidence of Health care services. There is also a comprehensive Travel plan. Employees can also top up these plans to include their partner and/or children.
  • Access for all store employees to our discounted benefits scheme
  • WeCare- WeCare looks after your wellbeing with a 24/7 UK-based online GP, mental health counselling, a get fit programme, legal and financial guidance, plus much more. Using your phone, tablet or desktop, you and your family have 24/7 access to thousands of experts, all from the comfort of your own home.
  • Annual subscription to the “Headspace” app
  • Death in Service
  • Free parking
  • Pension contribution
  • Outstanding clinical and professional development opportunities- we will support with 100% of the cost for Prof Certs in Glaucoma/Medical Retina & IP
  • Support with CPD points
  • Able to support those requiring Tier 2 sponsorship
  • Multi-site working available if preferred, across our Strood and Gillingham stores


Specsavers Hempstead Valley will have 7 test rooms and access to the very latest equipment, including Nidek OCT and Nidek auto-phoropters. The store is heavily involved with the local NHS schemes, and our Partners are passionate about helping their Optometrists to progress in their career.

We are passionate about the clinical & professional development of our team, and as our new Optometrist, we want to support you every step of the way. Through open conversations and regular 1-2-1’s, we will work together to tailor-make a career that suits you. There are so many areas to explore; from WOPEC qualifications and independent prescribing to paediatric accreditations or enhanced optical services, ILM courses, Pre-Reg supervision and the Specsavers Partnership scheme (Pathway). Along with your clinical expertise – this will stand you in good stead if you choose to become a store director yourself one day. Whatever your ambitions, we’ll do everything we can to help you be the best you can be.


Don’t just take our word for it:


“Making the decision to work for the Medway Directors has been the best career choice I’ve made!  From the my first interview , they made me feel welcomed and the support promised was more than delivered! From supporting me to pursue my medical retina exams to my pathway exams, they helped me develop both clinically and professionally. I never had the intentions to become a director of my own store till I witnessed the Medway Directors successfully run their stores and most importantly their team and Optometrists . It was and is evident they value their Optometrists and their successes and I wouldn’t be the Optometrist and Director I am today without owing a lot of that to the Medway Directors! Without a doubt would not hesitate to recommend anyone to work with them , in any of their stores. Thank you once again!”


Tresha Rajakumar, Ophthalmic Director – Specsavers Tenterden


What we’re looking for

Alongside being a qualified and GOC registered Optometrist, 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 resident Optometrist, to be part of the team and assist in driving our practice forward.


Find out more

For more information or to apply, please contact Luke Taylor at Specsavers Recruitment Service on 07375968147 or luke.taylor1@specsavers.com


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