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Paula Adamson
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Department Manager, Sainsbury's

Completed the Sainsbury's Graduate Scheme and managed teams across fresh foods, dry goods and customer service.

Training Manager, ESA

Delivered modern apprenticeship training and assessment as well as bespoke training for local businesses.

Training Manager, Specsavers

Delivered training and support for store colleagues and managers as well as team building activities and support for new stores.

Head of Retail Training, Specsavers

Managed a team of 40 training managers across the UK and Ireland. Involved in delivering training for new projects and initiatives.

HR Business Partner, Specsavers

Delivered HR support across a number of different retail teams.

Partner Talent Manager, Specsavers

I am the Partner Talent Manager at Specsavers and my role looks at career planning for partners as well as identifying opportunities for development.  

I have worked for Specsavers for 15 years and have had a number of different roles - mostly in learning and development and HR areas.

My Education
BSc (Hons) Agricultural and Food Science
Nottingham University
Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, French, Geography, Law, Mathematics, Physics, Food studies 
Wintringham School

Loved science and food science. Didn't enjoy history or languages.

More about me

Being able to work with lots of different people, all with different skills. Communication - both verbal and written. Flexibility and being able to deal with change. Being able to juggle lots of different things and work well both independently and as part of a team.

Nearly all of my skills were developed at work through on-the-job learning, working with others or through trying new things. I have also done some studying towards professional qualifications.

I didn't really know what I wanted to do when I left school but I knew that I wanted to work closely with other people and do something that used my brain and made me think!

In would probably have chosen a degree in business or management but I've been lucky in that I have had lots of opportunity to move and progress my career despite this.

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