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**CLOSED** We are recruiting!

**NOW CLOSED**

We have 2 exciting opportunities to join our team at House of Books & Friends in Manchester city centre with immediate start

1 x Full Time Café Manager  (35 hours rota)

1 x Part Time Bookseller and Barista. (8 hours rota – Monday 11-3pm, Saturday 11-3pm)

House of Books & Friends is a new independent bookshop opening in November this year. Our new shop will offer readers a range of captivating books, all curated and selected by our expert bookselling team.

The bookshop will be home to a café serving some of the best coffee and cake the city has to offer.  Our vibrant events programme will represent our diverse local community, featuring everything from book clubs and author events to wine tastings and live music.

Formed as a Community Interest Company, we are focused on delivering social good and bringing the local community together, in the process combating loneliness. We will work closely with our partner organisations to make sure that the best interests of the local community are always paramount. House of Books & Friends is not just a bookshop, it’s a social movement.

As a House of Book & Friends Bookseller, you’ll be community minded and passionate about books and people, and have a wide range of reading interests. You’ll need to be outgoing and enjoy building relationships and chatting with all customers. You’ll be the face of our brand and our purpose, and you’ll need to help create a friendly, accepting, and safe space.

What you’ll be doing – Café Manager:

Our café, like our Bookshop is brand new so we need someone with experience and huge creativity – this is your chance to help shape our offering and how we offer it! Our Café Manager will report in to the Bookshop Manager and be responsible for, and should have previous experience with the following:

  • Menu development and sourcing responsible, ethical and local suppliers
  • Hygiene, Food Safety and Health and Safety requirements and documentation
  • Creating processes required for set up, clear down and a schedule
  • Stock ordering and management
  • Assisting, serving and making our customers a total priority and central to everything we do
  • Staff training to enable the team to deliver a personable and interactive service inline with all House of Books & Friends policies
  • Assist with social media creation and content
  • Ensure café and prep areas are squeaky clean and tidy
  • Responsibility for opening and closing shop
  • Assist with management information and sales reporting – tailoring suppliers and orders accordingly
  • Create and deliver menus for an active and developing events programme

 

What you’ll be doing – Bookseller:

  • Assist customers and answer their enquiries in person, online or over the phone.
  • Serve customers in the café
  • Approach customers to discuss and provide book recommendations
  • Ensure the bookshop is restocked and maintain high presentation throughout
  • Create and maintain displays
  • Operate tills and stock control systems
  • Process stock deliveries and returns
  • Identify industry trends and possible commercial opportunities
  • Develop, plan and lead events such as author events, children’s story times or book clubs
  • Assist with social media content creation

What we’re looking for:

  • Interest in books and a passion for food, hospitality and a desire to work somewhere with a different mission and ethos in all that we do (Café Manager)
  • Catering / Hospitality / Café Management experience essential (Café Manager)
  • Good level of book knowledge and curiosity about the industry (Bookseller)
  • Basic IT skills
  • Bookselling or other retail experience would be desirable but not essential
  • Able to work alone using own initiative
  • Friendly, kind and outgoing
  • Confident and able to remain professional under pressure
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Benefits

  • Real Living Wage Employer (Bookseller)
  • Above Real Living Wage Employer – Salary negotiable
  • Holiday
  • Pension
  • Staff discount
  • Healthcash plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Staff discount
  • Mental health awareness training
  • Full training will be provided so you can carry out your role effectively

In order to apply for the role please submit your C.V. and a cover letter detailing;

  • A bit more about you and your personality
  • Why you would be a good fit for the role
  • Recommend us a book and tell us why (Bookseller role)
  • Include your availability and notice period

Interviews will take place week commencing 5th December for immediate start

Please send all applications to thebookworms@houseofbooksandfriends.com

Applications close 01/12/22

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Have your say on our book club!

book spines arranged in a group

We are currently working out the final details of our book club. However, before anything is set in stone, we want to hear from you!

If you’re interested in attending our book club we would appreciate if you could indicate some of your preferences by clicking on the poll below. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any other questions or feedback.

Book club

Will you be attending online or in person?

What time of the day would you attend?

What kind of books would you like to read?
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House of Books & Friends: A Living Wage Employer

Real Living Wage Employer logo

We are officially an accredited Living Wage Employer!

Early in the development of House of Books & Friends we decided to do everything we can to support our Booksellers. The cost of living crisis and dramatic changes in the economy quickly made it clear to us that pay would be a very important factor to our employees. A fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

We hope that placing an emphasis on the financial wellbeing of our Booksellers will also have a good impact on their mental health. While we will be providing mental health awareness training to any Bookseller who would like to undertake it, and an employee assistance helpline for external support, it is also important to recognise the mental toll that financial pressures take.

In the North West, where our bookshop is situated, almost a fifth of jobs do not pay the real Living Wage of £10.90 per hour. When it comes to low pay, we aim to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. We want our Booksellers to feel like they can work, earn and live with dignity.

The Real Living Wage is calculated on how much it costs to buy a basket of everyday goods. It takes into account the cost of living in the UK (with a separate London-weighted wage). Take a look at the video below for a quick rundown of how the Living Wage Foundation do their sums!

 

 

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Become a Bookseller *CLOSED*

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED – we will be accepting applications until midnight on 30/09/22, any applications recieved after this deadline will not be counted towards this round of recruitment. 

 

We have a number of exciting opportunities for Booksellers to join our team at House of Books & Friends in Manchester city centre.

House of Books & Friends is a new independent bookshop opening in November this year. Our new shop will offer readers a range of captivating books, all curated and selected by our expert bookselling team.

The bookshop will be home to a café serving some of the best coffee and cake the city has to offer.  Our vibrant events programme will represent our diverse local community, featuring everything from book clubs and author events to wine tastings and live music.

Formed as a Community Interest Company, we are focused on delivering social good and bringing the local community together, in the process combating loneliness. We will work closely with our partner organisations to make sure that the best interests of the local community are always paramount. House of Books & Friends is not just a bookshop, it’s a social movement.

As a House of Book & Friends Bookseller, you’ll be community minded and passionate about books, with a wide range of reading interests. You’ll need to be outgoing and enjoy building relationships and chatting with all customers. You’ll be the face of our brand and our purpose, and you’ll need to help create a friendly, accepting, and safe space.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Assist customers and answer their enquiries in person, online or over the phone.
  • Approach customers to discuss and provide book recommendations
  • Ensure the bookshop is restocked and maintain high presentation throughout
  • Create and maintain displays
  • Operate tills and stock control systems
  • Process stock deliveries and returns
  • Identify industry trends and possible commercial opportunities
  • Develop, plan and lead events such as author events, children’s story times or book clubs
  • Assist with social media content creation
  • Take responsibility for opening and closing the shop

What we’re looking for:

  • Good level of book knowledge and curiosity about the industry
  • Basic IT skills
  • Bookselling or other retail experience would be desirable but not essential
  • Able to work alone using own initiative
  • Friendly, kind and outgoing
  • Confident and able to remain professional under pressure
  • Excellent written and spoken English

Benefits

  • Real Living Wage Employer
  • Holidays
  • Pension
  • Staff discount
  • Healthcash plan
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan scheme
  • Staff discount
  • Mental health awareness training
  • Full training will be provided so you can carry out your role effectively

In order to apply for the role please submit your C.V. and a cover letter detailing;

  • A bit more about you and your personality
  • Why you would be a good fit for the role
  • Recommend us a book and tell us why
  • Include your availability, notice period and whether you are interested in a part or full time role.

Interviews will take place week commencing 03/10/22

Please send all applications to thebookworms@houseofbooksandfriends.com

Applications close 30/09/22