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Staff Accountant

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


IPG is looking for a detail oriented candidate with a “can do” attitude. This role will primarily focus on month end close, but will also support accounts receivable and accounts payable as needed. The ideal candidate is someone who will benefit from a broad understanding of full cycle accounting. The staff accountant, under the direction of the assistant controller and controller, will learn how to manage multiples tasks while meeting tight deadlines. Organization is key in this role as the staff accountant will need to support their work during the annual compilation.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Record monthly journal entries and reconcile balance sheet accounts
  • Assist with Profit/Loss Variance Analysis
  • Provide support to the external accountants as needed for the compilation
  • Aid Accounts Receivable with payment application, issuance of refund, processing of returns and chargeback, and reconciling top 20 accounts
  • Aid Accounts Receivable by responding to customer inquiries in a timely fashion, researching price, quantity, or discount discrepancies, and resolving outstanding issues


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field
  • 0 – 2 years’ experience in general accounting
  • Moderate to advance Excel skills (V-Lookup, H-Lookup, Pivot Table, Sumifs, If Statements, and Data Validation)
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Clear written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics GP preferred but not required.
  • Physical abilities. The ability to sit and/or stand for long periods of time is required.
  • Travel requirements: None

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Company

IPG is the original independent distributor of books, ebooks, and audiobooks from publishers around the world, and a top 10 supplier of book content to, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries, and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers globally. 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. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987. In the fall of 2006, Chicago Review Press, Inc., the parent company of IPG, bought Trafalgar Square Publishing, Inc., the leading North American distributor of UK publishers. Trafalgar Square Publishing was founded in 1973 and as a division of IPG, now distributes products from clients such as Penguin Random House UK, Australia, New Zealand, and China; Allen & Unwin; The History Press UK; Amberley Publishing; HarperCollins UK; Pan Macmillan; and John Blake. IPG acquired International Specialized Book Services (ISBS) a premier distributor of over sixty publishers of academic, scholarly and professional publishers in April of 2018. Continuing its trajectory of growth in August of 2018, IPG acquired Midpoint Trade Books, a full-service book distribution company that was founded in 1996, located in the Flatiron District of New York City, Midpoint’s distribution clients are made up of independent book publishers from across the US, the UK, Australia and Canada. 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, children’s, and general nonfiction and fiction titles.

The Sales Associate will work closely with the Director, International Sales to assist and support in achieving the company’s sales goals and growth objectives in markets outside of the U.S. and Canada. The Sales Associate will be the key support contact for IPG’s foreign subdistributors and sales agencies and will work with client publishers and distribution program directors to facilitate sales in international markets. Additional responsibilities include producing and interpreting sales reports for the international team. Success in this position will be achieved through effectively supporting productive relationships with international partners that leads to meeting or exceeding sales goals and demonstrating analytical skills by producing actionable sales reports that provide insightful data analysis to the sales teams.