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Careers with Blackwell UK Ltd



The name Blackwell has been associated with bookselling since Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened his bookshop at
48-51 Broad Street, Oxford in April 1879. Since then the retail company he founded has grown into a nationwide chain
of bookshops serving the academic, professional and specialist markets.

At Blackwell UK Ltd we are proud of our traditions and history but are always looking to our future. It is the expertise,
talent and passion of our employees that makes us the leading academic bookseller in the UK.

Bookseller, Support staff and Shop Manager Positions

Our quest to find talented people who can provide exceptional customer service is at the forefront of our minds when we are recruiting.

We're looking for people who are fully motivated and passionate about books.

Head Office Opportunities

Our head office and warehouse are based in Oxford and offer a wide range of roles in sales and support functions.

Blackwell UK Ltd is fully committed to fairness and diversity in the workplace and respects individuality.



Payroll & Pension Administrator

Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Salary: £13,000 to £15,000 (pro rata)
Hours: 22.5 per week

We have a unique opportunity for a hard working individual who can work on their own but also get involved with the HR team.

Your main area of responsibility will be inputting payroll and dealing with general inquires, alongside Pension input and reconciliation. There will be a small element of general HR administration.

Main Duties
  • Inputting of basic payroll information onto a database.
  • Managing payroll exceptions using Microsoft Excel.
  • Manage the end of month payroll which includes the distribution of payslips and producing relevant reports.
  • Producing ad hoc HR reports & Finance reports.
  • Administering the auto enrolment process.
  • Implementing procedures to ensure that all eligible employees are correctly enrolled into the pension.
  • Timely and accurate completion of all pension administration both directly to the pension provider and via Sage payroll.
  • Ensuring that payments to company Pension Scheme are accurate and made on the due dates with appropriate supporting documentation.
  • Responsibility for maintaining HR files.


Skills and Experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong prioritising, analytical and organisational skills.
  • Ability to establish and build strong relationships both internally and externally with a wide range of people.
  • Personal energy and a positive “can do” attitude.
  • Microsoft office experience, including Excel.
  • Pension processing.
  • Payroll input via database.


To apply: Email your CV and a covering letter to sally.wells@blackwell.co.uk

Closing date: 31st July 2014


Senior Bookseller

Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Salary: £13,000 - £14,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Hours: 37.5 per week

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic bookseller to run and develop our customer services department in the Norrington Room, where we house one of the largest academic book offerings in the country.

As well as providing exemplary customer service you will need to be flexible, hardworking and preferably have a good knowledge of Academic books. You will be responsible for coordinating the customer service team, supervising the management of incoming customer orders, merchandising, shop floor stock management and returns processing, so experience in these areas is essential. You will also be serving on the till and carrying out general bookselling duties.

The bookshop has a full and varied calendar of events, bookstalls and author signings in which you will be expected to be an active contributor.

You will work approx 3 weekend days in every four weeks and also late shifts which finish at 6.30pm.

Main Duties
  • Consistently delivering the highest standards of customer service.
  • Problem solving customer queries.
  • Working within budgets.
  • Merchandising stock and developing displays to the highest standards.
  • Be confident with a range of computer skills to facilitate till operations, in house software use for stock control, internet etc etc.
  • Customer service for our range of E reading devices and tablets.
  • Contributing to the development of our on-line shop pages.


Skills and Experience
  • Have a customer first mentality.
  • Energetic with a positive ‘can do attitude’.
  • Good organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and build strong relationships internally and externally with a wide range of people.


To apply: Email your CV and a covering letter to ulric.vandenBogaerde@blackwell.co.uk

Closing date: 14th July 2014


Shop Manager

Location:Aberdeen
Salary:£21,000 - £25,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Hours: 37.5 per week

Due to career progression we have an exciting opportunity for an individual with strong commercial and management skills for our Aberdeen shop.

The shop is located within the University of Aberdeen and has a turnover of £1.3m. Aberdeen has a thriving Corporate, Professional and Institute (CPI) Account sales business which itself accounts for more than 50% of the shop sales. You will be responsible for developing and delivering a strategy for your shop which ensures profitable sales growth.

The successful candidate will be an existing Manager, Sales Manager or experienced CPI manager looking for their first Shop Manager role.

Main Duties
  • Consistently deliver all commercial KPI targets, which include sales, cost, profit, ACS and stock.
  • Coach and support the shop team to deliver exceptional performance and to fulfil their individual potential.
  • Consistently drive the CPI side of the business and develop all aspects of model CPI to their full potential.
  • Ensure exceptional customer service across the shop customers and direct to universities and surrounding key academic and institutional customers.
  • Developing the commercial and expert/specialist knowledge of your team.
  • Deliver exceptional excellence in visual merchandising standards, product presentation and process management.


Skills and Experience
  • Retail experience – at a management level.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and coaching a team
  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong prioritising, analytical and organisational skills.
  • Able to establish and build strong relationships internally and externally with a wide range of people.
  • Personal energy and a positive “can do” attitude.


To apply: Email your CV and a covering letter to Darrell.thrush-denning@blackwell.co.uk

Closing date: 31st July 2014