Waterstone's has boosted its product department by a third with the creation of a host of new roles.
The increase in staff will allow the chain to strengthen buying in several categories, according to the retailer.
Eight new roles have been introduced, increasing the number of positions to 34.
They include two jobs in the children's buying department and core range co-ordinator posts in the non-fiction and fiction departments.
All the posts were filled internally, with many promotions coming from stores.
'These roles will allow us to offer an even greater level of support to our branches,' said Waterstone's product director David Roche.