Bookstore Managers are responsible for overseeing and managing the operation of the bookstore. They do this by ensuring they get maximum sales of books and other merchandise while maintaining upkeep low. The extent of their duties may vary depending on the size of the company. Whether they work for an independent bookstore or a branch of a national chain, they are generally responsible for sales, customer service, and purchasing.
A Bookstore Manager is responsible for planning, organizing and managing bookstore activities; developing and implementing the store’s operating procedures; as well as recommending appropriate related policies. He/she is in charge of preparing and managing yearly bookstore budgets; managing and maintaining the bookstore accounting records, and hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel. Bookstore managers supervise staff in accounting functions and ordering books, supplies, and related merchandise; arrange advertising materials; as well as oversee the planning, supervision, and maintenance of stock and inventory. They also prepare a variety of reports and correspondences, resolve client issues associated with merchandise; and represent the bookstore at regional and national meetings. Bookstore managers may also oversee the receipt and transfer of cash receipts to the proper office; decide in pricing merchandise; and ensure the store is profitable by increasing sales and keeping costs low.
Education and Training Requirements
The minimum educational requirement to be a Bookstore Manager is a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business, Management or Marketing. In many cases, the major is not as important as having relevant experience. Alternatively, a high school diploma or an associate degree may also be accepted if you have sufficient experience in commercial operations and supervisory experience.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements
A Bookstore Manager must have knowledge of bookstore retail operating principles, cashiering, budgeting, management principles, inventory, and accounting. They should be effective planners and problem solvers, neat and well-organized, friendly and approachable. Bookstore managers should also have the ability to work with a diverse group of people and have strong skills in writing reports and correspondences. They should possess strong multi-tasking skills, excellent oral communication skills and the ability to perform consistently, even under pressure.
Bookstore Managers normally work 40 hours per week during normal store hours, although evening and weekend work may be necessary. They usually have their own office that is comfortable and well lit. They may have to be exposed to dust when doing inventory related tasks; and perform minor lifting when receiving new stocks.
The median salary of a Bookstore Manager is $34,000 per year. This can vary greatly due to the size of the company, location, experience, and benefits. Most employers provide a retirement plan; life and disability insurance; medical, dental, and vision insurance; educational reimbursement; and performance bonuses when goals are exceeded.