Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Bookshop and Resource Manager

Location: Chelmsford

We are looking to recruit a Bookshop and Resource Manager who is customer focused to ensure the smooth running of our Christian Bookshop.

The Diocese of Chelmsford is vibrant and growing with our 463 parishes and 139 schools across Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, and five East London Boroughs serving a population of around 3 million and rising.  We have nearly 600 churches, which are served by around 500 clergy.  Our Christian Bookshop sells resources to clergy and lay people across the diocese and beyond in their mission and ministry and in their own personal faith journey.

If you: -

  • Have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills.
  • Have previous retail experience in a similar position, such as for a small and/or niche retail outlet.
  • Have a flexible and proactive approach to working in a small team and dealing with customers.
  • Have an interest in reading and literature and are comfortable when dealing with customers (including clergy, lay ministers and lay officers) who are looking to purchase Christian literature and products. 

Then we would like to hear from you.

Working hours: 21 hours per week - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – 9am to 5pm.

Salary: £22,000 to £26,000pa pro rata, subject to skills and experience. We offer a range of benefits including 11% non-contributory pension scheme, 25 days holiday pro rata rising to 29 pro rata after five years’ service and access to free car parking.

Further information can be found in the job description and person specification. To apply please complete an application form (evidencing how you meet the criteria as listed in the person specification) and return via email to by midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019.

For more information about the role, please contact Nathan Whitehead, Head of Service Delivery on 01245 294412 or via email at

Interviews: Tuesday 7 January 2020

Closing Date: Midnight on Sunday 15 December 2019

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