clients Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Vice President of Finance Controller


North America

Job Type



5 to 7 years



Skill Set


Management and Finance

Job Details

The Company

Berrett-Koehler Publishers ("BK") is an award-winning and innovative independent publishing company. Founded in 1992, BK is headquartered in Oakland, California and 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 Vice President of Finance, Controller is a VP-level manager who leads the company's accounting and financial reporting functions and sits on the six-member Management Team. This is a challenging role that will provide great development for an experienced Controller ready to take on Vice President responsibilities.


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 performed in operational departments and by third-party service providers
  • Manage the general ledger and production of monthly GAAP financial statements

Maintain and improve the company's accounting and control systems

  • The company uses Acumen Book accounting 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 and financial flows through multiple payment systems and banks

Collaborate with Senior 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

Provide analysis and advice to the company's management team with respect to accounting, cash, and other financial impacts of contemplated transactions and policies

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

Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state (California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, North Carolina and other, as needed) and local tax requirements, including sales taxes, information returns, and business permits


Essential Skills and Experience

5-7+ years accounting experience, including one or more of these types of experience:

  • Public accounting experience, including running audits at the senior accountant level, or
  • Controller or Accounting Manager experience in a reasonably complex business, or
  • A broad range of accounting experiences including substantial involvement in most typical accounting cycles, such as billing, collections, purchasing, accounts payable, inventory, general ledger, account reconciliations, and preparation of basic financial statements

Bachelor's degree in accounting or a substantially equivalent course of study

Professional work attitude that includes:

  • Strong supervisor skills
  • Focus on timely execution of responsibilities
  • Curiosity and drive to learn
  • Commitment to continual improvement
  • Strong verbal and written communication and social skills that enable collaboration up, down and across the organization chart
  • Collegial personality consistent with our values which include teamwork, open communication, empathy, and respect for others

Desirable but Not Essential Skills

  • Experience in the book publishing industry
  • Experience dealing with authors
  • Proficiency with Acumen and/or royalty software



  • Focus on timely execution of responsibilities
  • Curiosity and drive to learn
  • Commitment to continual improvement
  • Strong verbal and written communication and social skills that enable collaboration up, down, and across the organization
  • Organized, thoughtful, detail-conscious, efficient, resourceful, cooperative, open, self-starting
  • Commitment to the company's core values of stewardship, quality, partnership, inclusion, and sustainability
  • Commitment to the company's performance standards of contribution, accountability, initiative, development, communication, and teamwork


  • Thrives in remote workforce environment


We will consider permanent remote employment limited to California, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington. The position is preferred to work 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Pacific time, but hours can be discussed during the interview process.

This position requires a background check from a third-party company. Candidates will be required to provide permission to commence background checks after signing a formal offer letter from the company.


Not sure you meet 100% of the qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you're new to book publishing, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career, we will be glad to have you on our radar. Please use your cover letter to tell us about your interest in this position, your qualifications, how you have been successful in similar jobs or volunteer work, and your personal qualities that account for your success to. See our website for further information at


  • Salary $122,247.00 (with automatic increases)
  • Health, Dental, Disability and Life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account plan, 401K, and ESOP
  • Vacation days, holidays, sick leave