Part-time packer/shipper


Bernard Quaritch Ltd. is looking for a part-time packer/shipper to join our small and friendly team.


About the role

We are seeking a packer/shipper to handle the domestic and international shipments of our stock of rare books and manuscripts, starting in July. The role is part time, approximately 20 hours per week, working flexible hours at our premises in Bloomsbury.

Pay is commensurate with experience.


Key responsibilities

  • Packing of antique books, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and other items of stock
  • Arranging the collection and shipment of orders, selecting the most appropriate courier for each shipment
  • Handling basic shipping paperwork eg. shipping invoices, customs declarations, commercial invoices
  • Fielding any follow-up queries about shipments, chasing up shipments and liaising with shipping companies by telephone or email
  • Maintaining supplies of packaging and shipping materials, and keeping packing room in good order


About us

Bernard Quaritch Ltd. have been selling rare books and manuscripts since 1847 and are one of the oldest antiquarian and rare book dealers in the world.  We specialise in art and architecture; early printed books and medieval manuscripts; English literature and history; European literature; the human sciences; Islamic manuscripts and books on Asia; music; science, medicine, and gastronomy; travel; photography and photobooks; as well as posters and propaganda.

We work with an extensive range of both private and institutional clients in the UK and overseas.


About you

  • Good attention to detail
  • Comfortable working by yourself and managing your own workflow and responsibilities
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Comfortable using basic office IT software
  • Confident lifting and moving boxes of books and fragile items
  • Comfortable navigating flights of stairs
  • Fluent/native English, both spoken and written
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Minimum GCSE grade A-C in Mathematics and English, or equivalent

Some previous experience working in a mailroom environment or with shipping companies is preferred, but not essential. Training will be provided as required.


To apply for the role, please send your CV and a short cover letter to with the subject line ‘Packer/Shipper Job Application’. Deadline for applications is 11th July.