Starting my career in Specsavers Finance

Posted in Support Office on September 22, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

Meet Richard Barton - Financial Administrator 

What was your background before joining Specsavers?
Originally from Nottingham, I wanted to move back to my home city after finishing my Economics degree at the University of Warwick last year. I have a keen eye for numbers and when I happened to come across the job at Specsavers through an agency, it seemed like a great fit. This proved to be case as I quickly progressed from Temp to FTC to Perm in a matter of weeks.

In a nutshell, what do you do?
Officially, I am a Financial Administrator in the Private Hearcare Sales team. We as a team reconcile the accounts for the ever increasing number of UK and Irish stores providing hearing services as well as eye care.

What does your typical day look like?
This is actually a really difficult question to answer as no day is the same now I am fully trained. One day, I could find myself delving through the accounts of a store which needs that little bit of extra support. Another day, I could find myself in Ireland talking to Partners about their processes and what we can do as a company to improve their online systems.

What makes you most proud of your time at Specsavers so far?
I like making my colleagues’ jobs easier, so when I spotted an issue with our month end process I dedicated a couple of days to try and improve it. It is really satisfying seeing how that work has actually helped to save everyone time in the subsequent months.

How have you developed?
Despite my Economics background, I had a fairly basic knowledge of Excel and although I am hesitant to admit it, within 1 week I had discovered that I have a real interest in it. As time passed, the formulas became more complicated and I began to see areas of my job where manual work could be replaced by automation. I have now started teaching myself VBA coding so that I can further develop my skills.

What do you love about your job? What is a challenge?
The best thing about this particular job is the opportunity to take on a number of different projects. This type of work is really suited to me as it allows me to think creatively in order to solve complex issues. Juggling these projects with our other work can be challenging, so it is important to have good time management skills.

Describe the Specsavers culture in three words
Flexible, fun and rewarding.

What advice would you give someone looking to join Specsavers?
You need to be able to think on your feet. With all the system changes at Specsavers, the job is constantly changing. Being adaptable and forward thinking is absolutely key.

Check out what opportunities we currently have in our Finance Shared Service Centre here.