It’s all change in the team at the Specsavers store in Northfield, as Sarah Morris steps up to the role of store manager.
Long-standing career in optics
Sarah began her career at Specsavers in 1999 as an optical assistant, covering various areas within the store including dispensing at all levels and as contact lens supervisor.
She joined the Northfield store in 2012, where her high performance gained her a promotion to in-store trainer after just six months.
She continued in this role until 2016, when she underwent the Cert 3 optical examinations. With her success on the course came progression to the role of supervisor in the same year.
Sarah went on to complete the next stage of her qualifications, passing Cert 4 and deciding to do a course to fast-track her to the role of dispensing optician. She was promoted to assistant manager the same year, then in early 2017 had the opportunity to begin training for the store manager position when the previous manager announced her retirement. Sarah passed her dispensing optician course through the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) in February this year.
'Excited to get stuck in'
‘I am excited to get stuck into the role, supporting the directors to drive the store forward and working closely with my team to help them progress,’ said Sarah.
‘There will be challenges to the role, mostly around ensuring my team is happy with the developments I’m hoping to introduce. However, I believe that the key to good management is ensuring that everyone in the team is involved in what’s happening and has a sense of ownership about the business.’
A word from the store director
Store director, Declan Casserly, commented: ‘We’re delighted to have Sarah’s support as store manager. She has been with Specsavers for nearly two decades and has experience in all sides of the business, so she has a huge wealth of knowledge which she can share with the team. She is a fantastic example of the career progression open for dedicated staff at Specsavers.’