Part-time (3 days per week), permanent – £50k-£53k Pro-rata (DOE)
An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, transatlantic literary agency as a client accountant, working in a job share (three days per week, one to be alongside the existing client accountant).
Our client is looking for an accountant for its London office to partner with the existing client accountant and provide a first-class service to its authors represented both out of London and New York (fiction, non- fiction, children’s and young adults). Your primary responsibilities will be to account for all client related cash flows to and from the agency and to make sure advances and royalties received from publishers are processed within the rights system and paid out to authors accurately and as promptly as possible.
They are looking for an individual who is highly organised, with exceptional attention to detail, and able to juggle and prioritise multiple responsibilities at once. You will also be comfortable working collaboratively as one half of a job share, and also enjoy communicating with a wide variety of stakeholders including with prominent authors and their representatives. A strong and practical knowledge of accounting and experience with accounting-based systems is necessary for the role, and with a desire to review and improve on existing processes.
Your reporting line will be to the managing director of the agency, with further support provided by a part-time consultant FD. This role can be performed remotely from home in the UK, or as a hybrid remote/ office working pattern when the agency returns to office life in autumn 2021.
Previous experience within publishing or adjacent industry would be an advantage. As with all jobs in publishing, you will have a passion for books!
Key operational responsibilities
- For publishing advances, royalties and translation income, allocate the funds received to the correct agreement on the rights management system (Bradbury Philips), and make payment to the author via online banking.
- Analyse and review royalties that may be due to authors and follow up on payments from publishers. Review and process royalty reports, generate royalty statements, and make payments to authors.
- Process and report income earned in the UK by authors represented out of the New York office, translation income by authors represented out of the New York office, and income earned in the US by authors represented out of the UK.
- Run monthly commission income reports and transfer client bank account monies into the main agency bank account. Provide summary monthly reports on commissions earned.
- Maintain an up-to-date master file of all clients.
- Answer general queries from authors and their accountants, including forecasting projected author income and tax forms.
- Provide future commissions reports to be the basis of short and longer term cash flow forecasting.
- Work together with others on ad hoc projects and analyses.
- Qualified or part-qualified accountant
- Strong communication style, verbal and written
- Collaborative approach to getting things done
- Questioning mind and curious to improve processes and ways of working
Experience in publishing or related sector
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