Your career will take off with Specsavers

Posted in Support Office on August 23, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

Meet Laura Sharrott - Head of HR 

What was your background before joining Specsavers?
I graduated from university with a degree in languages but not really much of an idea of what I wanted to do with it! My Godmother was at that time working as HR Director for a Housing Trust in the Midlands and in the absence of knowing what else to do I went and did some work experience with her. I loved it and so began my career in HR. Prior to Specsavers, I worked for a number of manufacturing companies across chemicals, food (pork pies and sausage rolls – amazing staff shop!!) and cartons as well as a software house and a security company so pretty varied.

Tell us a bit about your career journey at Specsavers?
Looking back on my career with Specsavers (8.5 years and counting!) I can’t believe the time has gone so quickly but I put that down to the different opportunities and variety I’ve had. I started at Specsavers as an HR Business Partner working primarily with the Marketing team at the Support Office in Guernsey. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with most of the functions across the Company giving me a really broad view of the different bits of the Specsavers group. I also spent an amazing 18 months (across 2 different occasions) down in the Melbourne office in Australia where I really got to know a different region. Back in the UK, I worked my way up to Senior HR Business Partner working with the IT team and then to my current role of Head of HR working with the Newmedica organisation (an eyehealth organisation we went into Partnership with in 2017) and our own People & Organisation function. My role is about to change again where I’ll be handing over my responsibilities in Newmedica and working with the Specsavers global supply chain team moving forwards. More exciting times ahead!

How has Specsavers supported your development?
In short, I wouldn’t have progressed to where I am now without the support of Specsavers and the investment they’ve made in me and my career. Not only have I had great line manager coaching and support over the years, I have received investment to complete professional qualifications as well as additional personal development.

What makes you most proud of your time at Specsavers so far?
It’s hard to pick out one particular thing but probably the thing that springs to mind the most is how far I’ve come in the time I’ve worked here. That makes me feel not only proud of myself for having achieved that but proud to continue to be part of an organisation that creates the environment where people can really succeed.

Describe the Specsavers culture in three words
Driven, fun, supportive.

What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers?
Specsavers really is a genuinely fantastic company to be part of. If you’re looking for an organisation that’s fast paced, growing and values it’s people, and you’re willing to work hard and go the extra mile, join in and really want your career to take off, then Specsavers is the place for you.

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