Bargain Books



POSITION:                         Assistant Manager

REPORTING TO:               Store Manager and Regional Manager

STORE:                              Knysna Mall, Knysna


Our philosophy is to provide our customers with choice and value.

Bargain Books is one of the biggest book retailers in South Africa, with 81 stores and growing rapidly.  We are the winner for best bookseller of the year 2019, 2018, 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2011.

We believe in hard work and entrepreneurial thinking within a dynamic, sales and service orientated environment. We aim to provide our customers with superior service and value for money through our passion for books and people.

Purpose of the job:

As the Deputy Manager of a Bookstore, you will support your Store Manager with the management of staff and store  You will make sure that staff are kept motivated and driven to make sales and reach their targets, whilst building up their book knowledge in order to provide excellent customer service.

Main Responsibilities

Management of staff – assisting the manager in seeing that staff plans and rosters are in place, train staff on all aspects of bookselling. Discipline and performance reviews should be done.  Motivating and mentoring staff to do their best for their customer and for the Bargain Books brand.

Customer service –  offering assistance to every customer entering the store with a friendly face and positive attitude.

Housekeeping – keeping the store clean and tidy.

Merchandising –  seeing that window and in- store displays are attractive, eye catching and changed every two weeks.  Seeing that best sellers are in stock and making sure all stock is in their right category.

Promotions – making sure that all promotions are adequately merchandised with ample quantities.

Stock Management – making sure that the stock is in line with the needs of the local market.  Making sure that the bestsellers are in stock from both Publishers and Warehouse.  Ensuring that receiving is accurate and shrinkage is managed and controlled.  Ensuring stock levels must be in line with sales and store size.

Communication –  communicating on emails and Skype to various suppliers, customers and Head Office.

Training   –  training staff regularly in store systems, customer service, sales techniques and products.

Security – making sure that security is regularly discussed at staff meetings and that staff are always alert and aware of the non-shoppers and/ or shop lifters.   Making sure that the CCTV and Convex mirrors are monitored. Banking must be locked in the safe at night and banked daily.

Admin and Control – daily cash ups, credit cards to be cross checked, and banking done daily.

Knowledge Management – Making all staff aware of the Weekly Bestseller report.  New book submissions from all Publishers must be circulated amongst the staff.  Weekly Book Review Newsletters must be read by all staff members.

Selling –  Ensuring that every staff member and process in store focuses on making sales.  Ensure that there is a culture of hand selling, up selling and relationship building to ensure repeat business.

Community sales –   Facilitating of selling to schools, libraries and churches.

Qualifications required for this role:

  • A minimum of a matric with at least three years of supervising staff in a sales environment
  • Preferably 5 years’ experience in retail or a sales environment
  • A diploma or degree would be considered an advantage

The successful applicant will have the following attributes:

  • Neat and well presented
  • Preferably Fully Bilingual
  • Above average communication skills
  • Positive and friendly attitude
  • Knowledge of books
  • High level of computer literacy
  • Financial and business acumen
  • Work well under pressure
  • Good  leader with a collaborative management style
  • Show good follow through and commitment
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Good merchandising experience
  • Prepared to work retail hours


  • A personal (own) use Book Discount
  • Incentivised targets
  • Group Retirement Annuity
  • Medical Insurance
  • Employee Birthday Gift

Applications and CV’s should be addressed to  Debbie Mills, National Recruitment –

With ‘KNYSNA ASSISTANT MANAGER’ stated in the subject heading

Closing date: 16 April 2021

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NB:  Only successful  candidates will be interviewed.  If you have not heard from us after the closing date please regard your application as unsuccessful.

Preference will be given to candidates who will add to the diversity of our organization.