Specsavers was founded in the UK by optometrists Doug and Dame Mary Perkins in 1984 and today enjoys global success. With more than 1,700 stores across 10 countries, we are the world’s largest optical retailer and are fast establishing ourselves in the audiology market.
Each Specsavers business operates as a joint venture partnership, meaning the stores are part-owned and managed by its directors. They are supported by centralised teams of specialists within our Support Offices in areas such as marketing, accounting, IT and supply chain.
In 2007, we launched in the Australian market as a wholesale business. In 2008, we became a retailer, opening 100 stores in 100 days across Australia. In the same year we went on to open our first stores in New Zealand.
The Australian and New Zealand business has continued to grow, with more than 380 stores now operating across the Aus/NZ network – some with additional audiology clinics. We also have the largest optical manufacturing facility in the southern hemisphere, which opened in Port Melbourne in 2009.
Our vision and values
Our customers – the lifeblood of the business
By putting our customers first, we develop meaningful and respectful relationships. We go the extra mile because we believe we can make a difference to people’s lives. By providing the best eye care and hearing care service to our customers, we are living our vision and values supporting the Specsavers brand.
Our people – supporting our staff to be the best they can be
To make sure our people have the best possible support, we are continuing to invest in our training, our stores and our infrastructure. It’s an approach that has always supported our business model, bringing us more customers, more stores and a bigger market share year after year. By setting our people up for success, we believe we will continue to grow.
Partnership – at the heart of everything we do
Without partnership we would not be the business we are today. We are committed to providing store partners with clear strategic direction and first-class business support. That way, they can deliver the very best service to our customers. The Specsavers Joint Venture Partnership is based on mutual trust and understanding. These values also underpin the way we work with our colleagues and suppliers.
Communities – giving back
Specsavers is about more than just selling glasses, contact lenses and hearing aids. It’s about changing lives for the better. We make sure we give something back to the communities we work in, wherever we are in the world. Our offices, stores and manufacturing sites raise money as well as giving their time and support to a huge variety of causes, charities and community initiatives.
Your future with Specsavers
We have multiple opportunities available for all levels of experience.
We have graduate positions, full-time roles, locum opportunities, and we can even discuss the pathway to partnership if you believe you are ready to look at store ownership. We also support future optometrists who are still undertaking their studies.
With collective annual sales across Australia and New Zealand of more than $1 billion, and a customer base of more than 7.5 million individuals across the two countries, there has never been a better time to talk to our team about what roles are available now and what is in the pipeline for our award-winning business.