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General Book Buyer

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UBIQ University Bookshop
26 Feb 2021
Work type
Full time employment
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UBIQ is Auckland’s University Bookshop and has grown from a single small store at the University of Auckland to become New Zealand’s largest specialist academic book retailer. We have some exciting plans for 2021 as we open a new store and continue the digital transformation of our business.

We have a unique opportunity for an existing buyer—or experienced bookseller—to come in and shape and grow our general book business over the years to come, bringing your own expertise, flair, ideas and passion to curate a range our customers will grow to love. 

The role is responsible for our full general book range (from literary fiction through to children's books, pop-sci and lifestyle categories), gift products and greeting cards. Someone with a keen eye and passion for all titles NZ would be ideal as we look to grow and develop further in this important area!

We are looking for someone to also play a key role in organising in store events, launches etc., so you'll have the energy, ideas, and organisational skills to develop and set these in motion.

You will be:

  • an avid and wide-ranging reader with an in-depth knowledge of local and international markets and trends
  • someone who loves their customers, colleagues, the book trade, and literary scene and is dedicated to spending time developing and nurturing these

Previous bookselling experience is essential, and ideally you will have a record of success in book buying, negotiating with reps, publishers and independent authors and have strong stock evaluation and management skills.

If you think you have what it takes and would like to take up this amazing opportunity then please apply with a cover letter telling us why you are the perfect candidate for this role, and tell us about your three favourite books. 

How to apply

Please apply with your resume and a cover letter telling us why you are the perfect candidate for this role, and tell us about your three favourite books to

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UBIQ University Bookshop

10 Feb 2021