Bookshop Manager

Dulwich Books in West Dulwich is looking for a new full-time manager. Following Chloe Mavrommatis’s decision to take a break to pursue personal freelance projects at the beginning of 2016 we are looking to recruit a manager to take on this role and undertake the day-to-day work of running this award-winning bookshop. You will need to be dynamic, energetic and to enjoy talking enthusiastically about books as well as leading an experienced team and being part of a larger group that includes a literary agency and a live literature strand.  Knowledge of Batch and Sage Instant Accounts is desirable but not essential.

To apply, please email explaining why you’d like to be the next manager of Dulwich Books, attaching your CV and detailing your favourite bookshop and why it impresses you.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 11th December and you must be available for interview in Dulwich/London in December.


Skills & Experience Required

  • Previous bookselling experience essential, preferably in a general bookshop environment; you will need to have worked across a range of genres including children’s, YA, fiction & non-fiction, poetry, cookery, travel, crime & thrillers
  • Well networked with reps and other publishing professionals
  • Proactive, highly organised and confident with customers
  • Excellent English language and communication skills
  • Microsoft Office – Word/Excel essential plus copy writing skills, social media familiarity
  • Ability to manage people in a small team environment.

Person specification

  • Self-starter, entrepreneurial and able to work independently, but comfortable in a team environment.
  • Strong organisational and confident communications skills essential.
  • Customer-focused approach – for a loyal customer base.
  • Dependable, reliable and able to produce a consistently high quality/quantity of work

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The shop is open seven days per week in busy seasons so some weekend work will be required.

Please provide us with two referees (who will not be contacted unless a job offer is made).

Dulwich Books Winner Best Independent Bookshop UK & Ireland 2014

Bookseller Industry Awards 2014!

Sheila Collecting BA Award
Sheila collecting the award for best independent bookshop in UK & Ireland 2014

Dulwich Books wins national award! Dulwich Books was voted the best independent in the UK & Ireland 2014  said “combining the traditional virtues of bookselling with thoroughly modern marketing & digital actiPrintvity”, “vastly experienced staff”, “offering superb customer service”, “a packed calender of events”, “eye-catching 21% leap in sales”, “the energy is amazing” and that Dulwich Books was a destination bookshop

The award was presented by Alan Johnson at the industry dinner of nearly 1,000 people and a good night was had by all!
It just leaves me to say a huge thank you to all our customers for their loyalty, support and advice over the years. We are very proud of what we have achieved and you make it a very enjoyable job.

It is a thrill to be rewarded for doing our job. Sheila


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