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Vacancy for Bookseller – outline job requirements
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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.

Key requirements

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

Main tasks and activities

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

Outline terms and conditions

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.

How to apply – time for applications extended

Please download and complete the application form, and email it to me at by 6 pm on Friday 23 February. If you have any questions please email me.

David Ceen
Director, PCA (Newham) Ltd, trading as Newham Bookshop

February 2024

Applications for this vacancy are now closed.