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Become a Bookseller *CLOSED*

We are recruiting

Posted on: September 20, 2022

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


  • 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

Applications close 30/09/22

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