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Manager Optical Branch

Primary Location Walnut Creek, California Job Number 1037543 Date posted 03/10/2022
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Job Summary:

Plans, organizes and directs the operations of one or two Optical Services branch offices. Responsible for the management of all branch activities, ensuring the timely and courteous delivery of high-quality optical care while meeting sales and service objectives. Fosters goal alignment between Optometry, Opthalmology, and Optical Services. Leads a local team of dispensing opticians, contact lens fitters, and receptionist personnel in a union envrionment. Typically reports to a Senior Mgr Optical Branch.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manages patient sales and service activities performed by dispensing opticians, contact lens fitters, and receptionist personnel in an optical branch that leads to meeting clear revenue and service targets.

  • Leads team employees to deliver the required Kaiser Permannente member experience through performance management. Establishes clear team objectives.

  • Ensures all branch employees are appropriately trained to consistently deliver excellent member service.

  • Responisble for resolving patient complaints, including service recovery and refunds.

  • Manages personnel issues, including interviewing, on-boarding, and orientation. Also provides training, evaluations, counseling, discipline, and terminations.

  • Manages daily staffing requirements and accounts for time cards; approves and schedules vacation and other absences for all branch employees.

  • Analyzes financial data and develops action plans accordingly.

  • Coordinates branch activities such as marketing events, meetings and education for the branch.

  • Administers Optical Services policies and procedures which ensure quality care and service in compliance with all labor contracts and government regulations.

  • Demonstrates sound judgment in anticipating challenges, problem solving, and seeking the right resources to resolve issues.

  • Reports all appropriate information to Regional Management.

  • Takes pride in the appearance of the branch and ensures frame boards and merchandising are all in accordance with provided planograms.

  • Recommends captial equipment and personnel budgets.

  • Monitors and manages sales records and reports.

  • Assures that branch files are properly maintained.

  • Kaiser Permanente conducts compensation reviews of positions on a routine basis.  At any time, Kaiser Permanente reserves the right to reevaluate and change job descriptions, or to change such positions from salaried to hourly pay status.  Such changes are generally implemented only after notice is given to affected employees.
Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum four (4) years of optical experience required


  • Bachelors degree in business administration OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
License, Certification, Registration
  • N/A
Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge in all phases of retail operations, inlcuding the delivery of superior customer service results, revenue generation, personnel, oversight, and labor relations and/or human resoruces management.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine key business issues and develop appropriate action plans from multi-disciplinary perspectives.
  • Strong influencing, negotiating, and team building skills.
  • Excellent coaching and development skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and interpret quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Effective leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills both up and down.
  • Must demonstrate a caring and courteous attitude and interact effectively with Kaiser Permanente members and co-workers.
  • Must be proficient in basic computer skills.
  • Must possess sound judgment.
  • Must work some evenings and Saturdays will be required.
  • Must be willing to work in a labor-management partnership environment.
Preferred Qualifications:

  • ABO Certification preferred.
  • Retail sales, optical, or eye care experience highly preferred.
Primary Location: California,Walnut Creek,Park Shadelands D - Shasta Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 08:30 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE-NCAL-09|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Team Leader/Supervisor Department: Walnut Crk Shadelands Sequoia - Optical Dispensing-Glasses - 0206 Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.