Optical Assistant

When customers visit Specsavers, it’s our optical assistants who welcome them in to the store, listen to their individual needs and find a solution that’s right for them. Join us in this role and you’ll have a huge part to play in our success. 

Key information

In what is very much a frontline role, an optical assistant can make a real difference to our customers’ experience. You’ll also be perfectly placed to learn about the business and what makes Specsavers tick.

Putting customers first

We don’t always look for technical know-how or experience of optics. What we really want is people who care about the customer journey and getting it right.

Creating a buzz

Our stores are vibrant and busy retail environments, and anyone with a passion for outstanding customer service who enjoys a team environment would fit right in.

Every day is different

No two days are ever the same. One minute you could be helping a customer choose their perfect frames, and the next talking them through our clear price structure or answering a query about hearing services.

The face of Specsavers

Optical assistants are often the first people our customers meet when they walk through the door. As such, they have a key role to play in creating that all-important first impression.

Career progression

  • 1

    Specsavers Induction


    Optical Assistant Apprenticeship

  • 3

    Optical Assistant 1,2,3



  • 5

    Assistant Manager


    Retail Store Manager

  • 7

    Pathway - our partner development programme


    Joint Venture Partner

We’re committed to giving everyone at Specsavers all the learning and development opportunities they need to achieve their full potential. Everyone is different, which is why we'll draw up a personal development plan for you which aligns with your own talents and ambitions. Scroll through the roles above to see where your career could be headed.

Application process

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Your first step is simply to apply online for the store position you want

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Applicants go through initial pre-screen, which could include an online assessment exercise

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If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to a store-based interview (or a field based interview for domiciliary roles)

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If you're successful at interview, we could make you an offer or ask you to do a trial session to see how well you'd fit in

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At this point we'll make our final decisions and begin to offer roles to the people who really stood out

Training and development

Continuous learning

Throughout your time at Specsavers, we’ll give you all the on-the-job training you need to excel in your current role and prepare for the next steps on your chosen career path.

Professional qualifications

If you decide you want to develop your knowledge of optics further, we offer sponsored training leading to externally-accredited Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.

Latest vacancies

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