Job Openings

 

Assistant Trade Sales Manager

Independent Publishers Group is seeking a driven, proactive full-time Assistant Trade Sales Manager. This hands-on, task-oriented individual’s primary responsibilities will be to assist the Trade Sales Manager in the management of the U.S. and Canadian commission sales reps that cover independent book retailers, various regional wholesalers, select specialty accounts, as well as other trade and museum accounts. Additionally this person will be in frequent contact with the reps on the road as well as with each rep group’s central offices to pass on publicity information and to respond to rep requests for follow-up contacts with individual accounts. Further responsibilities include:

  • Compiling and sending e-mail notifications of national and regional publicity hits for the reps
  • Reviewing and analyzing orders as well as sample requests
  • Determining what materials each rep needs to adequately sell a title in his or her territory
  • Regular and frequent communication with sales rep for both support issues and review sales progress throughout each season
  • Compiling sales materials from publishers and managing distribution of materials to reps and accounts to coincide with seasonal sales conferences
  • Prepare regular sales reports on both weekly and quarterly basis
  • Collecting weekly point-of-sale data from major accounts
  • Soliciting orders from existing accounts and prospecting for new accounts
  • Assisting publishers with new title submissions, including advising publishers on book-packaging issues such as cover designs, pricing, and titles
  • Evaluating comparative and competitive data for frontlist titles
  • Writing seasonal catalog copy and creating customized sales materials, working closely with publishers and reps to maximize book sales in regional markets
  • Advising publishers on co-op opportunities and pricing
  • Compiling targeted bookstore lists for publishers trying to organize book launches or other special events
  • Confirming author events with sales reps and ensuring that books are ordered for signings

 

The ideal candidate will preferably have 2-4 years experience in the book industry with knowledge of print and electronic publishing, have an interest and aptitude for sales management, have very strong customer service skills, be very familiar with all MS Office programs with an emphasis on Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, and be able to manage multiple projects efficiently. Solid communication and writing skills are a must. The ideal candidate will be ultra-organized, capable of working well with tight deadlines, and a serial multi-tasker with a passion for books. 

 

Please email your resume and cover letter to Mark Saavedra, Controller/HR Manager, at msaavedra@ipgbook.com.

 

Online Content Associate

Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is seeking a full-time Online Content Associate. This individual’s primary responsibilities will be to assist the IPG Marketing and IT departments in creating and updating content across the universe of IPG websites, including www.ipgbook.com, password-protected client resource sites, blogs, and email marketing campaigns, along with a myriad of additional web-related responsibilities.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Curate the display of IPG distributed products across all websites and platforms, including bestseller lists, thematic features and collection
  • Update and maintain content and product information on the IPG, Small Press United, Chicago Review Press, Triumph Books, Publisher Resources, and additional publisher-specific e-commerce websites  
  • Collaborate w/ other departments to understand internal initiatives and communicate them via IPG websites
  • Work closely with the IPG Marketing department to develop a cohesive brand voice and online presence
  • Help develop and compose articles and blog posts that promote company initiatives, demonstrate industry insights, and drive engagement and interest in products
  • Identify and cultivate potential media partnerships and relationships with influencers to increase content reach and drive traffic to IPG sites
  • Measure and analyze success of content strategies and make recommendations for future projects
  • Gather and report visitor and customer intelligence to Marketing & Sales teams
  • Keep abreast of industry trends, competition, and new opportunities

Qualifications for the ideal candidate:

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent related work experience required  
  • excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal skills  
  • well-organized and able to respond to inquiries with a sense of urgency  
  • strong analytical ability, independent, and a creative thinker  
  • proficient in Microsoft Office is required
  • experience w/Wordpress, Blogger, or other online content publishing platforms  
  • thorough knowledge of HTML
  • working knowledge of CSS
  • experience with online & email marketing preferred, including but not limited to: Google Adwords, MailChimp, Constant Contact  
  • familiarity with Google Analytics and other metrics a plus
  • experience with social media sites, including but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Goodreads
  • most importantly: a passion for books, reading, and online content

Please send a resume, work references, and cover letter to Mark Saavedra at msaavedra@ipgbook.com. Please be prepared to send samples of your work if requested after resume submission.

 

Internship Program

IPG is always looking for qualified applicants for full-time internships. Qualified candidates are recent college graduates who possess strong written and verbal skills, the ability to multi-task, and a passion for the publishing industry. Other preferred experience includes some sales experience, fluency in Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office programs, and some knowledge of HTML and CSS. Experience in the book industry and a degree in a related field is a plus. Typically, IPG hires two rotating interns per six-month period; however, a dedicated internship opportunity can become available from time to time. The hours of work are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The hourly stipend is currently $10 per hour. Please send résumés and cover letters via e-mail to Mark Saavedra. No phone calls, please.

Sales Department Intern

Independent Publishers Group is seeking a full-time Sales Department Intern. This individual’s primary responsibilities will be to assist the sales department in all aspects of sales and customer service to accounts. Duties will include: assisting the Sales Department in areas such as coding frontlist titles, producing sales reports, maintaining our sales database, producing customized marketing materials, and additional duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will preferably have 1-2 years of experience in the book industry, an interest in and aptitude for sales, have very strong customer service skills, be very familiar with all MS Office programs, and be able to manage multiple projects efficiently. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus. Interested candidates should forward their resumes to Mark Saavedra at msaavedra@ipgbook.com. No phone calls, please.