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Senior Accounting Manager | Berrett Koehler

Berrett-Koehler Publishers (“BK”) is an award-winning and innovative independent publishing company. Founded in 1992, BK is headquartered in Oakland, California, was recently named the independent publishing company of the year. Our books, audios, and videos are sold all over the world and we also host online summits and offer online training resources. We are dedicated to an ambitious mission: Connecting People and Ideas to Create a World That Works for All. Through our groundbreaking resources on business, management, training, current affairs, personal growth, self-help, and other areas, we strive to challenge conventional thinking, introduce new ideas, and foster positive change on individual, organizational, and societal levels. We offer a work environment that is participative, collaborative, and flexible. We seek staff members who bring cultural, ethnic, social, and intellectual diversity. We are a Certified B Corp and a California Benefit Corp. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Role

Reporting to the company’s CEO/CFO, the Senior Accounting Manager leads the company’s accounting and financial reporting functions.  This is a challenging role that will provide great development for an experienced accounting manager who wants to round out skills and grow into a full controllership role.


Supervise the company’s accounting and financial reporting functions

–  Directly supervise and develop staff who perform most revenue, expense, A/P and A/R functions

–  Monitor the quality, timeliness and accuracy of financial processes in operational departments.

–  Prepare and publish monthly GAAP financial statements

Maintain and improve the company’s accounting and control systems

–  The company uses Acumen Book software, including general ledger and several specialized subsystems

–  In addition to the accounting system, there are several other supporting systems

Control, report and forecast the company’s cash position

Collaborate with HR Manager to process payroll and associated entries to accounting system and oversee payroll tax compliance by outside payroll service provider

Provide financial support to budgetary managers of other departments within the company

Assist in the preparation of annual budgets and report on variances from those budgets

Lead the company’s participation in its annual independent financial statement audit

Champion efficiency and effective internal controls, both within the accounting team and broadly across the company

Support the company’s external tax accountants with information and timely execution of payments


At least three years accounting experience, including one or more of these types of experience:

–   Public accounting experience, including running audit engagements at the senior accountant level, or

–   Accounting manager experience in a reasonably complex business, or

–   A broad range of accounting experiences covering most major accounting cycles, including general ledger

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or substantial equivalent experience

Professional work attitude that includes

–   Focus on timely execution of responsibilities

–   Curiosity and drive to learn

–   Commitment to continual improvement

–   Communication and social skills that enable collaboration up, down and across the org chart

–   Collegial personality consistent with our values which include teamwork, open communication, empathy and respect for others

Experience with Acumen Book software and/or in the book publishing industry would be a plus, but not required