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Salary notes: 
28 days holiday per year, inclusive of bank holidays  Pension Discount on glasses/contact lenses
Job/scheme locations: 
The position is located in Hexham, Northumberland
Type of opportunity: 
Immediate job
Application deadline: 

Geoff Steven and Sons Opticians are a group of 6 Opticians based in the north east of England.  We are currently run by the Steven brothers from our head office in Hexham.  We deal with all aspects of being a modern optician, from the retail of glasses and contact lenses to dealing with the NHS.  


Summary of Role:  

We are looking for a Business Manager to help oversee our group of 6 opticians.  The position is temporary for maternity cover, but you would be involved in all aspects of running a £1.7million+ turnover business.    

Working very closely with the owners, it is an ideal position for someone wanting to take their first steps into the business world and gain valuable experience.  The ideal candidate would have considerable latitude to suggest and implement ideas to improve the running and turnover of the business and so should be creative and very organised.  It would involve all aspects of business from dealing with staff, marketing, administration and anything else that helps in running the business.  For the first 3 months you would be working with our current Business Manager, before she goes on maternity leave, so full training will be given.  

  Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Creating and implementing ideas to improve the business and its profitability
  • Staff payroll 
  • Human Resources (staff discipline/sickness/recruitment etc) 
  • Ensuring NHS compliance/administration 
  • Marketing 
  • Invoice control 
  • Dealing with suppliers 
  • Dealing with debtors 
  • Liaising with the bank 

 Desirable Criteria:  

  • Business/marketing degree or related areas 
  • Superb organisational skills 
  • Ability and willingness to deal well with people and work within and lead a team 
  • Proficient in Word and Excel 


  • Salary £22,750  
  • 28 days holiday per year, inclusive of bank holidays
  • Pension 
  • Fixed term contract of one year for maternity cover with potential to stay on after  
  • Tremendous opportunity to take your first steps into the world of business and put what you have learned at university into practice in a friendly company 
  • Working hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday 
  • Based in Hexham, Northumberland. 

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