Deputy Shop Manager (Barnard Castle)

Salary: £10000 per annum (pro rata)
21 hours per week

Are you innovative, enthusiastic and thrive in a busy retail environment?

Do you want to use your talent and experience to make a real difference?

Butterwick Hospice Care shop managers and deputy shop managers are pivotal to the success of our business and make a real difference to supporting the work of the hospice. We are looking for an experienced retailer to support our Shop Manager and deputise in their absence in our Barnard Castle Shop. The successful candidate will be comfortable motivating a team of volunteers, enjoy delivering targets and thrive in a busy fast paced environment.

Working alongside our newly formed commercial retail management team, our shop managers and deputy shop managers work within an empowering environment, seek out new business opportunities and represent the hospice within the community. You will have high standards, a strong drive to achieve results and be comfortable being accountable for the shop business.

We are looking for the right candidate who is comfortable driving change, enjoys the challenges of working in a charitable retail environment and who wants to help take our retail offer to the next level.


  • 35 days holidays (pro rata)
  • Private pension scheme

This is an exciting time to join our retail team as Butterwick Hospice Care is undergoing a developmental change.

Closing Date: 30th September

Online applications are accepted from NHS Jobs or for full details on how to apply online via the Butterwick website or alternatively request an application pack contact our HR Department –Tele :01642 607742 or email [email protected]

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 10 days of close of application.

Post : Deputy Shop Manager
Reporting to : Shop Manager
Budget Responsibility : Defined budget(s) for specified shop(s)
Hours : 21 hours per week
Contract : Open ended
Salary : £10000 per annum gross (pro rata)
Interviews : TBC


Commercially aware and constantly looking for new business opportunities, our deputy shop managers support the Shop Manager to motivate their teams and create a safe and energised environment. They have high standards, a strong drive to achieve results and are accountable for their business.

The role of the deputy shop manager is empowered, varied, busy and gives the opportunity to work with some amazing people.

Shop managers and deputy shop managers are pivotal to the success of our business and can make a real difference. Butterwick Hospice operates a volunteering model, in which volunteers are empowered to take over most of the tasks within the shop, including running the shop in the manager’s and/or deputy shop manager’s absence.

Often the only paid member of staff, our managers are comfortable in this environment, really enjoying working with others and are great at delegating to their teams. Excellent communicators, they are creative, and always look for opportunities to attract new supporters every day.


Volunteer Team Management

  • Support the shop manager to recruit, induct and retain an inclusive and diverse volunteer team, which is large enough in numbers and capable to maximise the shop’s income and profitability and guarantee the smooth running of the shop.
  • Ensure that ongoing training and development is provided for your team, drawing on the skills of volunteer team members.
  • Appropriately and consistently assess the skills and potential of the volunteer team and delegate accordingly.
  • Maintain an empowered, motivated and engaged team.
  • Manage change and conflict within Butterwick Hospice Care’s policies.
  • Maintain excellent levels of communication for both the shop team and within the community, including regular shop team meetings and one to one meetings with volunteers.
  • Connect the volunteer team with Butterwick Hospice Care’s work and help them to understand the value of their contribution.
  • Provide a safe and healthy working environment and ensure that all team members are aware of and operate within Butterwick Hospice Care’s health and safety policies and procedures, including waste management and customer safety

Sales and Profit

  • Develop an appropriate income/expense budget in collaboration with your shop manager and team and be accountable for achieving it
  • Monitor and be accountable for sales and category performance, as well as ensure that the team are aware of and engaged in the shop’s financial performance
  • Foster a creative and entrepreneurial shop environment where team members seek to maximise income in new and innovative ways both within the shop and through a variety of channels, such as Ecommerce and community events
  • Support the shop manager to manage the team to maximise income from Gift Aid on donated products
  • Ensure that all of Butterwick Hospice Care financial procedures are adhered to and executed in a timely fashion by the shop team
  • Maximise the shop’s opening hours and ensure the shop is open and managed by the shop team in the manager’s absence
  • Empower the volunteer team to work with local and national contacts to generate additional income as well as ensuring they are commercially aware

Shop Floor

  • Support the shop manager to be accountable for sourcing sufficient levels of donated stock locally in collaboration with the shop team
  • Set high standards of cleanliness, display and merchandising
  • Establish efficient and commercially successful stock processing systems (such as pricing, quality standards, consumer safety, stock density and culling stock), including backroom systems and ensure these are adhered to by the volunteer team. Ensure that all legal and Butterwick Hospice Care internal regulations regarding donated stock are adhered to
  • Make sure that all procedures for the sale of new products are followed by the volunteer team (if applicable)
  • Inspire the team to provide a great customer and donor experience, which enables Butterwick Hospice Care to attract new supporters every day.
  • Ensure that feedback, including complaints is responded to within the agreed timeframes
  • Empower the team to create original, appropriate and commercially successful visual merchandising displays, including shop windows
  • Enable the team to promote seasonal/topical promotions as well as endorse organisational promotions
  • Work with the property team to ensure our shops are in good condition, maximise their potential and are fit for purpose

Being part of Butterwick Hospice Care

  • Attend and contribute to all Retail Team Meetings
  • Play a key role in enabling the shop to represent Butterwick Hospice Care and increase the knowledge of the local community about Butterwick Hospice Care’s mission and work
  • Be accountable for the integration of the shop into the local community in collaboration with the shop team
  • Empower the team to respond to all appeals and fundraising opportunities.



  • Significant leadership qualities and experience.
  • Ability to build, retain and develop a team.
  • Strong drive to achieve results through others.
  • Ability to delegate, coach and listen.
  • Enjoys working with people and has a friendly and approachable manner.
  • Ability to manage time under conflicting priorities.
  • Ability to demonstrate resilience to the everyday pressures that come with the role.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to motivate self and others.
  • High level of motivation, enthusiasm and a sense of fun.
  • Open and adaptable to change and able to support others through it.
  • Ability to establish and maintain successful retail processes and merchandising.
  • IT literacy and numeracy skills. (Using email systems and online resources; use and understand basic spreadsheets and word processing packages. Be aware of and be open to the role of social networking and Ecommerce.)


  • Commercial awareness and judgement.
  • Ability to understand and interpret basic financial reports.

All Staff

All staff must safeguard the integrity, confidentiality and availability of sensitive information at all times, this includes information relating to patients, individual staff records, colleagues and contracts.  Employees of the Organisation are required to comply with the Organisation’s Principles of Data Protection and Quality.

All staff are required to understand and comply with all relevant policies both Organisation-wide and departmental and to carry out duties in accordance with Butterwick Hospice Care Code of Conduct, NMC, CQC, fundraising information and financial standards and current legislation

All staff are required to take responsibility for attending statutory and mandatory training, and identify their training and development needs. 

All staff must take responsibility for managing their own health, safety and wellbeing in accordance with departmental  policy and legislation.

All staff will adhere to, and follow good infection control practices and other related policies and guidelines.

All staff have a statutory duty to safeguard children and vulnerable adults during the course of their duties and promote the welfare of children and young people.  Employees must be aware of what to do if they have any concerns.

All staff will undergo an annual performance assessment and agree a personal development plan which will ensure that the objectives of the employee, department and organisation are achieved

All staff are personally accountable for improving and maintaining own knowledge and competence.

All staff will be aware of and support the working practices of any volunteers assisting with daily workload

Standards of Business Conduct

The post holder will be required to comply with the Company’s Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions and, at all times, deal honestly with Butterwick Hospice Care, with colleagues and all those who have dealing with the Company including clients, patients, service users and other suppliers and stakeholders.