Jobs at NHBS

Accounts Assistant, NHBS

NHBS is a world leader in supplying specialist books and equipment to institutions, retailers, companies, libraries, academics and private customers around the world.

We have an opportunity for a highly motivated Accounts Assistant to join our team on a part-time permanent basis (20 hours/week), with the possibility to expand as our business grows. The post will be based in our offices in Totnes, Devon.

The accounts department processes a large number of transactions each month, in three different currencies. It supports a business that is growing in complexity, since the acquisition of a manufacturing concern and a magazine publishing house earlier in 2016.


You will carry out a variety of day-to- day bookkeeping and accounting tasks, as part of a small team. Specific tasks may include:

  • Processing supplier invoices
  • Making supplier payments
  • Online banking
  • Transactional processing
  • Reconciliations: bank statements, credit cards, direct debits, petty cash
  • Processing cheques
  • Responding to customer and supplier queries by phone and email
  • Post distribution
  • Preparing tax returns and VAT
  • HR support
  • Filing
  • Other related tasks as required

Skills Required

  • The ability to prioritise a demanding workload independently
  • An outstanding attention to detail
  • A good understanding of accounting principles
  • A good telephone manner and outstanding written communication skills
  • A high level of computer literacy.

Prior experience in a fast-paced accounts environment will be an asset, but above all, we value a common sense approach, critical thinking, and a willingness to learn new skills.

Our offer:

Our office is based in Totnes. We have been selling natural history and science books since 1985, and ecological survey equipment since 2009. The successful candidate will be joining a diverse and friendly workforce of 30 staff.

This part-time, permanent position is available immediately. Salary: £16,000 p.a. pro rata, attracting 28 days holiday p.a. pro rata, including bank holidays, plus benefits.

How to apply:

Please email your CV and covering letter to the Senior Manager, Anneli Meeder,, by 31st October 2016.

After interview for the post candidates may be asked to complete a trial day (paid) before being made a formal offer of employment.