Assistant Controller

FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Controller
Employment Status: Full-time

Established in 1971, Independent Publishers Group (IPG) was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. With consistent growth each year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its client publishers in the United States and worldwide. IPG has a wide reach in the market with its distribution of publishers with academic, Spanish-language, computer, and general trade nonfiction and fiction titles. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, the senior management of Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading U.S. distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and distributes for clients such as Aurum Press, Canongate UK, HarperCollins UK, Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Orion Publishing, Random House UK, and Simon & Schuster UK. Currently, IPG offers six distribution programs.

IPG is the second largest independent distributor of books and e-books in the world, and one of the top 10 suppliers of book content to Barnes & Noble, Apple,, and Kobo, among thousands of other retailers globally. Want to know who’s behind that new book on your coffee table? Chances are good that your bookstore sourced it from IPG.

IPG is seeking a highly organized and detail oriented Assistant Controller to join our growing and dynamic accounting department. This position will have an active role in assisting with the monthly reporting and analysis, ad hoc reporting, budgeting, forecasting and projections. Additionally, the Assistant Controller will learn all aspects of the accounting department to assist as back-up and with training.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with month-end close; prepares and posts journal entries as needed.
  • Assist with the preparation of monthly financial statements.
  • Prepare account analysis and balance sheet reconciliations.
  • Assist with monthly, quarterly and annual compliance and tax filings;
  • Support all functional areas of the accounting and HR department
  • Assist in budget & forecasting, develop tools for improving the forecasting variance reporting process
  • Evaluate profit and cost efficiencies in various areas of the organization as needed
  • Reconcile corporate Amex, record charges to accounting software, track receipts from card holder
  • Develop, maintain, and distribute ad-hoc reports and financial models as needed
  • Other duties and special projects, as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5 years of hands on, high level accounting experience
  • CPA certification
  • Financial auditing experience required
  • Experience in publishing or media industry given additional consideration
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office (emphasis on Excel)
  • Knowledge of Great Plains or similar software
  • Strong initiative and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects as well as strong follow through skills
  • Ability to complete projects timely and accurately critical
  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Ability to work well with others and independently in fast a paced environment

Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Jessie Jonik at No phone calls, please.