Current Vacancies

Full Time Permanent Sales Advisor  - Haberdashery & Linens Department

Our Linen & Haberdashery Department now needs an additional Sales Advisor. Previous retail experience is desired, though not essential; rather we are looking for a real passion to deliver great service combined with a real interest in sewing and or knitting and or and Home handicrafts as well as knowledge of or willingness to learn about bedroom linens. Some hours during the week may be spent helping in other departments as needed.

Working hours: These will be 37.5 hours a week working 5 of 7 days.
We are ideally looking for a sales advisor who can work Tuesday to Saturday with Sunday and Monday as days off, but there is some flexibility which can be discussed. In addition, non-standard hours may be worked to cover other staff holiday.

The average working day is 7.5 hours with an additional 1.5 hours unpaid for lunch and breaks.

For your reference our hours within which these hours would be worked are
Monday 9.15 – 6.15, Tuesday 9-6.15 (30 min staff training), Wednesday 9.15 – 6.15, Thursday 9.15 – 6.45, Friday 9.15 – 6.15, Saturday 8.45 - 6.15 and Sunday 10.45 - 5.15.

Please apply via email to beckyj@boswellsltd.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us a little more about yourself and why you want to join Boswells. Alternatively, application forms are available from our Luggage department counter in store.

Closing Date: Sunday 1st April 2018


 

Full Time Permanent - Front Of House Staff 1738 Tearoom & Broad St Cafe

With the addition of the new Broad St café to our existing catering offer we now needs an additional front of house staff member. These duties include waiting on customers, barista and maintaining the appearance of both areas. Previous catering and waiting experience is desired, though not essential; rather we are looking for a real passion to deliver great service.

Working hours: These will be 37.5 hours a week working 5 of 7 days.
Days will be rostered with regular weekend working.

Please apply via email to martins@boswellsltd.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us a little more about yourself and why you want to join Boswells. Alternatively, application forms are available from our Luggage department counter in store.

Closing Date: Sunday 1st April 2018


 

Part Time Permanent - Weekend Cookshop & Homewares Sales Advisor

Our thriving Cook Shop Department now needs additional Weekend Sales Advisors. Previous retail experience is desired, though not essential; rather we are looking for a real passion to deliver great service combined with a real interest in cooking & baking.

Working hours: Weekends
Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm and
Sunday 11.00am - 5.00pm

Please apply via email to cookshop@boswellsltd.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us a little more about yourself and why you want to join Boswells. Alternatively, application forms are available from our Luggage department counter in store.

Closing Date: Sunday 8th April 2018


 

Full Time Permanent Sales Advisor  - Gifts, Tourist & Luggage Departments

Our thriving Gifts, Tourist and Luggage Departments which are adjacent to each other now has vacancy for a Full Time Sales Advisor to help across these areas. Previous retail experience is desired, though not essential; rather we are looking for a real passion to deliver great service combined with an interest in Giftware or Tourist or Luggage merchandise. 

Working hours: 36 hours 5 days out of 7 to include Saturday and Sunday 
Days Off can be flexible or set as needed.

Please apply via email to beckyj@boswellsltd.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us a little more about yourself and why you want to join Boswells. Alternatively, application forms are available from our Luggage department counter in store.

Closing Date: Sunday 15th April 2018


 

Job Title: HR Assistant

Reporting to: Financial controller

Work location: Central Oxford

Hours: 37.5 hours (full-time) or part-time hours will be considered

A rare opportunity has arisen for an HR Assistant to join Boswells which is one of the oldest family owned independent department stores in the world and is located in central Oxford.

Boswells has been trading in Oxford since 1738 and is a small company with big ideals, which works hard to provide the best service in Oxford.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an HR Assistant who is ready for their next move and is looking to expand their HR experience and knowledge.

MAIN PURPOSE

To provide day-to-day HR and administration support and act as first point of contact for HR issues for the Senior Management Team and store employees.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Recruitment and Selection
• Support senior managers with the administration of the recruitment process from end to end, supporting with the advertising, shortlisting and co-ordination of the interview process.
• Administration of the offer process (preparing and sending offer letter, terms and conditions of employment and arranging Right to Work and reference checks.).
• Responsible for improving and maintaining the on-boarding process to ensure legal compliance and a smooth transition into the role.
• Ensure all HR paperwork is received, up-to-date and stored on the HR on-line system.

Probation
• Manage administration of probationary process (to include issuing of letters and updating the HR on-line system).
• Arrange for uniforms to be ordered.

During employment
• Distribution and control the staff uniform ordering process.
• Work with our HR legal advice helpline to ensure legal compliance and all HR policies and process are maintained.
• Prepare of correspondence on employment matters (e.g. maternity, paternity, parental leave, sick pay, pay and hours, disciplinary, grievance).
• Hold disciplinary/grievance investigations and hearings when directed; writing meeting notes, reporting the findings and taking action where appropriate.
• Manage and maintain HR documents, including holiday and sickness records
• Manage and maintain health and safety documents as required.

End of Employment
• Responsible for the leaver process to ensure a smooth exit, including conducting exit interviews, calculation of final pay, ensuring company property is returned and reference letters are provided.
• Ensure the relevant HR documentation is completed and systems are updated.

Other Responsibilities
• Support senior manages by providing administrative support with project work.
• Maintain confidentiality in respect of matters handled during the course of work.
• Any other duties, which are commensurate with the grade of the post.

WE REQUIRE:
• Education to A Level standard (or equivalent) or working towards CIPD Level 3 qualification
• Experience of working in a busy HR department
• Strong IT skills including word and excel
• Proven administrative skills and an eye for detail
• Good communicate skills, both written and verbal
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload
• Proven ability to work on routine matters with little supervision
• Ability to maintain strict confidentiality in handling sensitive information
• A strong interest in HR
• Previous experience of HR Information Systems and liaising with legal advisors, desirable but not essential

WE OFFER:
• Excellent exposure to generalist HR
• A friendly and supportive environment
• Central Oxford location, easily accessible by public transport.
• Competitive Salary, depending on experience (pro-rata for part-time hours)
• 20 days’ holiday (excluding Bank Holidays and pro-rata for part-time employees)
• Stakeholder Pension Scheme.
• A substantial staff discount on all our products

This job description is not contractual and is liable to change over time.

Please apply via email to juliaw@boswellsltd.com with a copy of your CV and a covering letter telling us a little more about yourself and why you want to join Boswells.

Please note that no terminology in this advert is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person's gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.


 

Our Application form & standard information

If we have a vacancy and you want to apply; what are you waiting for? Provide your CV or Download and complete our Application form and return it to us with a covering letter telling us a bit more about yourself and why you'd like to work for Boswells to the email address listed for each vacancy.

If you have any general queries please write to HR Department, Boswells of Oxford, 1-4 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AG.

We offer:

  • A competitive rate of pay
  • Sales Incentives 
  • A fully air conditioned environment
  • Free uniform
  • A substantial staff discount rate on all our products
  • Free beverages at break time
  • A friendly working atmosphere