We are hiring...

We are looking for a bookbinder/boxmaker to join our team.
The position is for 4 days per week.


Here are some of the activities you will be taking part in:

  • Cutting materials (paper, cardboard, cloth, leather etc.)

  • Box making and bookbinding (gluing, covering, pressing etc.)

  • Foil blocking

  • Making slipcases / forwarding boxes and book blocks 

  • Checking, packing, sending

  • Keeping the workshop tidy, machine maintenance, checking stock supplies, ordering materials

Here are some of the qualities we are looking for in an applicant:

  • You have completed an education in bookbinding, and/or

  • You have 2-3 years experience in the hand bookbinding/box making trade

  • You can show evidence of skill through a portfolio of previous work

  • You have a strong desire to learn and improve

  • You are adaptable and open to new methods

  • You have a good ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines

  • You take pride in high performance (high output / high quality)

  • You are a good team player

  • You enjoy being part of an efficient process and thinking about how to improve it

  • You think for yourself and bring own ideas to the table

  • You have an eye for detail and you like to think of yourself as a person of taste

  • You are looking to commit for at least 3 years

  • You speak good English


The company

We are a small team with 1 full-timer and several part-timers, producing custom-made boxes, menus, guestbooks and portfolios in small quantities for customers in the high-end/luxury sectors in The Netherlands and internationally. Our products are bespoke and of high quality, made by hand and with the help of a few hand-operated machines (board chopper, guillotine, drill, leather splitter etc.). 

We are creative, highly adaptable, ambitious and we take our work damn seriously but we also enjoy the good things in life such as the view on the river from the bindery, the proximity of the beach, the old town of Haarlem, bitterballen, craft beer and everything else that the Netherlands has to offer.

If this appeals to you, please get in touch with us at ‪ben@elbel-libro.com‬, and include a CV and motivation letter. 

Deadline for applications 30th April 2019.