Do you want to support the Specsavers store development rollout in Northern Europe?

Posted in Support Office on August 11, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

A new career opportunity with Specsavers

Meet Ben Morris - Head of International Contracts Management who is currently looking for a new member to join his team 

Hi Ben, tell us a little bit about your role and journey with Specsavers so far?
I started Specsavers in 2011 as a Design Assistant, working for International Business Development and creating store plans for the Nordic market. Since then, I have received several promotions and now lead the team that designs and builds all of the Specsavers stores across Northern Europe.

What makes Specsavers a great place to work? 
Specsavers can be a high octane environment and there’s always an exciting project around the corner. Any two days are rarely the same.

I understand you have a vacancy in your team at the moment, what is the role about? 
I lead a team of Project Managers who live and work within the Northern European region. We are a small team but cover huge distances from the Netherlands to Finland, and deliver over 70 shop fit projects per year. The person we are looking for will be someone that can act as the glue that keeps the team together and running smoothly. They will be expected to place all contracts and orders for shop fit components and then monitor these to ensure that all parties meet their obligations. They will also be required to collate shop fit data and submit concise reports to the Senior Team. There may also be a requirement to occasionally provide administrative support to Business Development team leads. 

What top 5 skills do you think this person will need? 
The candidate won’t need prior experience of contracts or shop fitting as this can be learned along the way, however essential skills required are:

  1. To be highly organised and methodical with the ability to work to strict business-critical deadlines
  2. To possess strong numerical skills and an ability to deal with large volumes of data across several currencies
  3. To be able to work independently without the need for direct supervision
  4. To be a strong communicator at all levels of the business, across all media and across various cultures
  5. To be comfortable with independent travel throughout Europe to visit Specsavers support offices and stores.

What qualities do you look for in a candidate?
The ability to fit into a long-established and tight-knit team is critical, as is the ability to build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate would, therefore, need to have a friendly demeanour and be able to build strong relationships quickly, at all levels of the business and across multiple cultures and languages. To fit into the Business Development team, they will need to be self-motivated, pragmatic and a quick-thinker. They will be required to make sound decisions based on their own judgement and be able to deliver on their promises.

Describe your management style 
I may challenge when a decision or reason for action is not made clear but I’m somewhat relaxed as a manager. I like to trust the team and give them the freedom to make a lot of their own decisions, but will always be there to support them should they need it.

Why should someone join your team?
This is a rare opportunity to join an exciting and friendly department in a fast-paced but rewarding environment. There may be opportunities to expand the role or grow within the team/business, depending on the individual’s skills and abilities.

And finally, are there any exciting plans coming up that potential applicants may want to know?
Specsavers has aggressive expansion plans within Northern Europe and there is a constant stream of store development projects.