These are broad requirements which we will discuss with you if you are shortlisted. As a community bookshop which has served east London for over 45 years, we welcome applications from people who like our approach. The Bookshop is non-profit, the company is linked to a charity, and our Directors are volunteers. We also have volunteers supporting our activities.
Previous bookselling experience highly desirable
Keen interest in and willingness to develop a broad knowledge of adults’ and children’s books and the overall Bookshop stock
Excellent customer service, administrative and organisational skills
Good basic IT skills: word processing, spreadsheet, use of internet etc
Welcoming and helping customers, making sales
Ordering books for customers and stock
Processing deliveries for the Bookshop and for customers
Selecting books for return to publishers and processing returns
Selling books at our own events and at other organisations’ events – usually evenings, occasionally weekends, sometimes during the day
Helping to improve the running of the Bookshop
Working hours: 14 hours per week, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm
Occasional evening and weekend work by mutual agreement, paid pro rata
Salary around £8,500, subject to review
Approximately 12 days paid holiday per year, inclusive of public holidays when the Bookshop is closed
We encourage trade union membership.
Permanent contract will be offered after two months’ satisfactory progress.
Please download and complete the application form, and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 pm on Friday 23 February. If you have any questions please email me.
Director, PCA (Newham) Ltd, trading as Newham Bookshop