Bargain Books



POSITION:                    Assistant Manager

REPORTING TO:          Store Manager 

STORE:                       Vaal Mall, Nelspruit, Vanderbijlpark

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

Bargain Books is one of the biggest book retailers in South Africa, with 82 stores and growing rapidly.  We have been the Best Bookseller of the Year for 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 Assistant Manger of a bookstore, you will support the Store Manager with managing the store and the booksellers daily.    In their absence you will make sure that staff are kept motivated, disciplined in order to give the customer excellent service to reach and exceed sales targets.

Main Responsibilities / Outcomes

Management of staff – assisting the Manager in seeing that staff plans, and rosters are in place, policies and procedures are adhered to and follow through with discipline if necessary.  Motivate staff to do their best for the customer and branding of Bargain Books.

Policies – understanding and implementation of all company polices and making sure they are adhered to

Customer service – offering assistance to every customer entering the store with a friendly and positive attitude, answering any queries and placing orders with a follow up.

Housekeeping – make sure the roster is adhered to for keeping the store clean and tidy.

Merchandising – see that window displays are attractive, and eye catching and changed every two weeks.  See that best sellers are in stock and see that there are displays around the store. Make sure the stock is in the right category.


Promotions – Make sure that all promotions are adequately merchandised with ample stocks.

Stock Management – assist the Manager when ordering stock so they make sure that the stock is in line with the needs of the local market. To also assist to make sure that the bestsellers are in stock both from Publishers and the Warehouse.  Ensuring that receiving is accurate and shrinkage is managed and controlled.   Stock level must be in line with sales and the store size.

Communication – in the absence of the Manager communicate on emails and skype to various Suppliers, Customers and Head Office

Security – make sure that staff are always alert and aware of the non-shopper/shop lifter.   Make sure that the CCTV and Convex mirrors are monitored. Make sure that there is always a “Meet and Greet Bookseller” at the door.  Banking must be locked in the safe at night and banked daily.

Admin and Control – Daily cash ups, credit card cross checked, and banking done daily.

Knowledge Management – All staff must be made aware of weekly bestseller report.  New book submissions from all publishers must be circulated amongst the staff.  All weekly book review newsletters must be read by all staff.

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


Qualifications required for this role:


A minimum of a matric and a passion for books.

Preferably 2 years’ experience in retail or a sales environment.

A diploma or degree would be an advantage


The successful applicant will have the following attributes:

Neat and well presented

Preferable fully bilingual

Above average communication skills

Positive and friendly attitude

Knowledge of books

High level of computer literacy

Work well under pressure

Sales ability

Leadership potential

Good follow through and commitment

Adaptable and flexible

Merchandising experience

Proactive and use initiative

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 Jenny Strong, National Recruitment –

With ”VAAL ASSISTANT MANAGER” stated in the subject heading


Closing date: 6 August 2021


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


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