Our interactive online platform connects diverse dental professionals across Northern Ireland. Whether this is your first practice manager job in this field, or you are a veteran manager looking for a change of scene, we can help you find suitable opportunities with some of Northern Ireland’s best dental practices.
Read on to get prepared then come back and search here.
Running a successful dental practice comes with many challenges
Dental practice manager jobs can be highly rewarding and challenging at the same time. As the operational leader of a dental practice, you may often find yourself juggling several tasks simultaneously. From daily business administration and human resources, to finance, accounting and marketing, you may be responsible for a wide range of non-clinical activities.
Typically, dental practices prefer to hire someone who enjoys designing and implementing policies, processes and systems to make their business run smoothly. While evaluating potential candidates for the practice manager job, they look for individuals who:
Are systematic and organised
Have excellent office administration skills
Possess basic knowledge of IT systems and financial transactions
Display tact and sensitivity while dealing with staff and patients
Have maturity, integrity and respect for patient confidentiality
Can lead, manage, motivate and retain a diverse team of dental professionals
The more of these qualities you can display in your CV and interview the better!
Paths to a practice manager job
Several different career paths could lead to the role of a practice manager or dental practice manager. Have you worked as a dental assistant or dental nurse before? This is a natural career progression because your previous experience and insights in this industry are valuable and could give you a great head start as a practice manager at a dental practice.
For example, your experience will give you a:
Familiarity with various dental standards, legislations and requirements
Keen understanding of the responsibilities of the various dental team professionals
Experience in managing a variety of clinical and administrative responsibilities and knowledge of the inner workings of a dental practice.
Your exposure to this industry gives you a better grip on the ground realities of a dental practice and various aspects of Human Resources management. This would be an added advantage when you are responsible for increasing the productivity and profitability of your new practice.
However, having knowledge of the dental industry is not a mandatory requirement for a practice manager job. Many recruiting practices may look at candidates who have a business management background.
Do you have a good grasp of management practices?
Can you lead a team?
Can you efficiently multitask a host of general administrative aspects?
Strong organisational, administrative and leadership skills are easily transferable to any industry and could give you a firm grounding in your new job as a dental practice manager.
Become the key differentiator for your future employer
There are many dental practices that boast the most advanced equipment and the best dental professionals. However, what makes a practice truly stand apart is the ability of the dental practice manager to efficiently run the setup. This could translate to a number of aspects:
Good staffing and rostering
Timely patient scheduling, follow-ups, and billing
Proactive equipment maintenance and supplies stocking and management
Ensuring a clean and safe environment for the staff, patients and visitors
No matter what type of dental care practice you manage, you can become the key differentiator for that practice, in turn boosting patient satisfaction, practice reviews and ratings, and overall revenues.
Stay on top of the job market for dental office jobs
Whether you have decided to apply for dental manager jobs, or you are still exploring your options within this field, stay on top of the job market and keep an eye out for new listings related to your preferred dental practice jobs.
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