Meet Jerry Dunn - Specialist & Professional Recruitment Consultant
April 19, 2017
Author: Sam Reed
What was your background before joining Specsavers?
Retail Operations/International/Business Development. Well I started off as a Trainee Insurance Broker in London and soon realised this was not for me and in reality I am a Retail Operator. Over the last 36 years I have worked from the shop floor right up to board level leading times, developing new business concepts and opening new businesses around the world whether it be in grocery retail, entertainment retail, pharmaceuticals, self storage and for the last 9 years with Specsavers.
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I now support Professional and Partner Recruitment both within the UK and Australia/New Zealand. I understand what it takes to run a successful business and the importance of structure but more importantly it has and always has been about seeking out the right people that have the ability to take the business or indeed their business to the next level. In essence one of my key roles is to attract new talent, engage with that talent and enable that talent to release their full potential. Along with this I get involved with new concept development and supporting the business across the whole spectrum both within the UK and internationally.
What does your typical day look like?
Hmmm...there is not one typical day but it can include tutoring/mentoring/handling enquiries about partnership/dispelling myths/assessing/guiding and working with individuals to create a personal road map that will hopefully release individuals potential. Often I work with areas that will develop the business for the future so that relies on looking at the now seeing the future demands and trying to bring the two together whilst keeping all parties happy and engaged. They say variety is the spice of life and it certainly keeps you on the go.
What makes you most proud of your time at Specsavers so far?
It might be a cliche but Specsavers really can deliver dreams and delivering individuals into partnership has a huge positive impact on the business but also on them and their families. Having placed 100’s of candidates into partnerships around the world especially over 180 now located in Australia & New Zealand and seeing how they have grown and made the difference is a true buzz. Specsavers allows me to use my business skills to support others to achieve success and in reality as a true operator surely that should be the aim of every business. The values that underpin Specsavers are strong and if you live them and believe in them you really can make a difference. There is no other business like ours that can do what we do the way we do it.
How have you developed?
I brought with me when I joined Specsavers back in 2008 skills in developing people and businesses. I remember when I was interviewed by the board they asked me how would you describe yourself and I said "DYNAROD", they looked confused but I explained "I go down the pipes in front of the business and clear the way for others to do what they have been trained to do - this clears the way for success to follow”.
What do you love about your job?
The myriad of people that I work with at all levels and trying to make a difference to the candidates I work with. More importantly it is about dealing with assisting in small ways to secure the business for the future whether be with its people or business concepts..
Describe the Specsavers culture in three words
Passionate / Innovative / Family
What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers?
Join us and let us support you to reach your potential.