Maria Savva from the Specsavers Australia & New Zealand Partner Recruitment team explains how the team helps candidates develop into leaders and realise their business ownership aspirations.

What are the main functions of the Partner Recruitment team?
We are responsible for developing a pipeline of partnership-ready optometrists, dispensers and retailers across Australia and New Zealand via external recruitment solutions and our development programs, Pathway and Partner In Development (PID). We also manage succession planning for store partners and pipeline solutions which include engagement programs such as Pathway Plus and the Your Next Step career fair.

What development programs do you offer experienced optometrists and retailers seeking to own their own business?
We offer the Pathway Program to optometrists and retailers (store managers and supervisors). Pathway is a six-month development program that focuses on building the candidate’s leadership and business ownership capabilities. Once candidates graduate from Pathway, they enrol in Pathway Plus, an engagement and capability uplifted program to support candidates while they wait for the right partnership opportunity.

We also offer the PID program to high-level retailers who are already equipped with extensive leadership experience. The PID program focuses on educating the candidate on the optics industry and teaching them about the Specsavers business.

How does your team help guide potential candidates through the partner recruitment journey?
We adhere to a robust and well thought out end-to-end process, which gives candidates an understanding of our expectations and the requirements needed to be considered as a JVP or take part in our development programs. Once they are enrolled in one of the programs, we continue to provide extensive candidate management to ensure they are supported every step of the way.

For further information and to get in touch with a member of the Partner Recruitment team, email or browse the latest partnership opportunities.