The Lido Community Shop

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Shop and Post Office Assistant

Salary: £10.90 per hour salaried post depending on hours agreed

Hours: 20 hours per week – other hours would be considered

Location: The Lido, 43 Shore Road, Innellan

Reporting to: Shop Manager

South Cowal Community Enterprises Ltd (SCCE) owns The Lido shop and Post Office in Innellan. We run it on behalf of the South Cowal Community who are our members.

We need a Shop and Post Office Assistant to join our team of managers and shop assistants.  The post is responsible to the Shop Manager.

The post is for 20 hours, but as we are restructuring we have the opportunity to fit hours to the right candidate or candidates, so encourage applications that offer more, or less hours.

We are moving to open winter hours and summer hours, therefore there may be more hours on offer in the summer.  We are looking for flexible, forward looking staff as we develop our services

Hours are allocated on a team basis to cover early opening, late shutting and weekends. Mostly you will be working at the same time every week.  It involves opening up and closing the shop and Post Office so needs accuracy and numeracy.  

We hope to recruit someone who is trained in Epos systems, IT and Post Office.  Full training will be provided if not. A Criminal Record check will be required.

The duties and person specification are on the next page. Further information about the organisation can be found at:

Application process

Applicants should send their CV and a supporting letter setting out how they meet the person specification to by 5pm on Mon 20th Feb 2023.

Interviews                          24th Feb

Queries?                           Phone Steve Yallop at the Lido,  01369 830 008

Shop and Post Office Assistant: duties
 ·       Prepare the newspapers for sale
·        Prepare food for sale
·        Open the shop / Post Office
·        Handling cash and credit card payments
·        Provide assistance to customers as required
·        Keep the shop well-stocked
·        Maintain covid, visual merchandising and food hygiene standards, a clean and tidy shop
·        Receive and check deliveries
·        Order stock when required
·        Serve at the Post Office counter
·        Comply with Post Office processes
·        Keep up to date with Post Office products
·        Know EPOS and be IT literate regarding use of word, excel, reports, attachements, filing
·        Communicate effectively with the Shop and Assistant Shop Manager, Committee and other shop staff
·        Be flexible and willing to learn new systems as we update and develop the shop
·        Complete other tasks as and when required
Person Specification
Excellent customer service and interpersonal skillsRetail / Post Office experience
High levels of numeracyDriving licence
Commitment to working in a community-owned businessIT skills
Ability to handle cash and credit cardsEPOS
Ability to work effectively in a team 
Good organisational skills 
Ability to learn and follow processes
Enthusiasm and flexibility

Lido Community Shop Opening! Sat 25th Jan 2020

We had a great turn out last weekend at the Lido Community Shop opening. People gathered outside the shop to hear our, Chair Lorna Ahlquist, sing, yes sing, the praises of the community and funders who have all helped the SCCE purchase the shop, post office and flat above as a community asset. Our amazing staff team also got a tuneful ‘Thank you!’ for all their hard work over the last few months. The staff have kept the shop and post office running smoothly over the busy festive season which clashed perfectly with the purchase of the shop by the community. A lot of work but we did it!

Local kids took charge of the ribbon cutting (thank you!). The celebrations continued upstairs in the flat above the shop. Dunoon based Heather Bloom Tea Room donated a Lido decorated cake, which was enjoyed by many (thank you Karen at Heather Bloom!). We also served up samples of Argyll produce including vegan ‘Sheese’ made on Bute, Argyll Coffee, Bread from Blacks of Dunoon, eggs from local farms, Mull cheese, Wee Dairy Milk from Gigha, pate from Argyll smokery, Venison from Churchills of Sandbank and Work Bench IPA from Fyne Ales.

Importantly people had the opportunity to look around the flat and review future plans to convert the space into a Bunkhouse and flexible community space. We also displayed visuals of the new shop front and branding that we plan to introduce into the shop.

Share holder certificates were also given out to people. If you haven’t picked yours up yet then these will be hand delivered to your door over the next few weeks.


Share Offer aims to save village shop – BBC story about our Share Offer launch

Form to apply for free Shares for South Cowal children

The Lido Business Plan

The Lido Feasibility study

The Lido Community Share Brochure – this is now just for information as the Share Offer currently closed

You can apply to become a Member without buying Shares by filling in this Member Form