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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.



Marketing Executive

Location: Broad Street, Oxford
Salary: £22,000 - £26,000


Reporting to the Senior Marketing Manager, you will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of marketing activity across the business.

This is an exciting time of growth and development within Blackwell’s who are rolling out innovative new bookselling solutions within their decentralised retail model.

This broad marketing role offers an excellent opportunity for someone looking for the next step up in their career, and is a fantastic chance to join this long established and highly regarded specialist retailer.



Main Duties
  • Working as part of a close knit team to deliver integrated Marketing activity appropriate to the business needs.
  • Liaising and networking with a range of stakeholders including shops, central support colleagues, suppliers and agencies.
  • Support the business in driving sales and footfall through promotions and point of sale material.
  • Deliver integrated communications and marketing campaigns both offline and online.
  • Work with individual shops to manage and deliver specific Marketing support requirements such as posters, leaflets, communications, PR and email campaigns.
  • Work with design agencies, print providers and other suppliers to provide cost effective and quality point of sale material.
  • Contributing to, and developing marketing plans and strategies.
  • Assist the Senior Marketing Manager and contribute to the annual marketing plan.
  • Monitoring competitor activity & evaluating marketing campaigns.


Skills and Experience
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a promotional Marketing role.
  • Strong communication skills, able to work within multi-functional teams and build strong relationships with colleagues and team members.
  • Accurate with high attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management and ability to multi-task.
  • Experience within a B2C and also ideally B2B environment.
  • Can effectively work under pressure and to brief in a fast past environment.
  • Able to create campaign briefs and turn them into effective marketing campaigns.
  • Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


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

Closing date: 19th September 2014


Shop Manager

Location: Oxford Art & Poster Shop
Salary: £17,000 - £23,000 (depending on experience)


We have an exciting permanent opportunity for an individual with strong Commercial and leadership skills to manage our Art and Poster Shop in Oxford.

The shop is located on Broad Street and has a turnover of just under £1 million. The Art and Poster shop has a thriving tourist and student market and has plenty of opportunities for developing new lines and sales strands.

It will be your responsibility to develop a strategy which will deliver profitable sales growth and to motivate and lead your team to deliver it.



Main Duties
  • Consistently deliver all commercial KPI targets, which include sales, cost, profit and stock.
  • Lead, inspire and develop the shop team to deliver exceptional performance and to fulfil their individual potential.
  • Ensure exceptional customer service is consistently delivered.
  • Source new sales opportunities and revenue streams.
  • Develop the commercial and expert/specialist knowledge of your team.
  • Deliver executional excellence in visual merchandising standards, product presentation and process management.


Skills and Experience
  • Retail experience – at a management level.
  • Experience of developing and implementing a local strategy, business plan and tactics.
  • A record of business building and identifying and responding proactively to market/trading opportunities.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and managing a team to deliver success.
  • Accountability for managing a significant budget and strong prioritising and organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to establish and build strong relationships internally and externally with a wide range of people and institutions.
  • Knowledge of non-book (ie stationary/ cards/posters etc) buying which is a significant part of the shops revenue stream.
  • High levels of confidence and personal energy, a positive ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to thrive in a high profile role.


To apply: Email your CV and a covering letter to Rebecca MacAlister

Closing date: 8th September 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: 8th August 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


Shop Manager

Location: Reading
Salary: £17,000 - £22,000 per annum


We have an exciting permanent opportunity for an individual with strong Commercial and leadership skills to manage our university shop in Reading.

The shop is located on the Whiteknights campus of Reading University and has a turnover of £650k. Reading has a thriving Corporate, Professional and Institute (CPI) Account sales business which itself accounts for more than 60% of the shop sales.

It will be your responsibility to develop a strategy which will deliver profitable sales growth and to motivate and lead your team to deliver it.

Main Duties
  • Consistently deliver all commercial KPI targets, which include sales, cost, profit and stock.
  • Lead, inspire and develop the shop team to deliver exceptional performance and to fulfil their individual potential.
  • Ensure exceptional customer service is consistently delivered.
  • Consistently drive the CPI and cash sides of the business by networking to nurture and develop relationships with corporate businesses and academic/educational institutions.
  • Source new sales opportunities and revenue streams.
  • Develop the commercial and expert/specialist knowledge of your team.
  • Deliver executional excellence in visual merchandising standards, product presentation and process management.


Skills and Experience
  • Retail experience – at a management level.
  • Experience of developing and implementing a local strategy, business plan and tactics.
  • A record of business building and identifying and responding proactively to market/trading opportunities.
  • Experience of leading, motivating and managing a team to deliver success.
  • Accountability for managing a significant budget and strong prioritising and organisational skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Able to establish and build strong relationships internally and externally with a wide range of people and institutions.
  • High levels of confidence and personal energy, a positive ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to thrive in a high profile role.


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

Closing date: 8th August 2014


Shop Manager

Location: Old Aberdeen
Salary: £21,000 - £25,000 per annum


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 CPI 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
  • 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.


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

Closing date: 8th August 2014