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Finance and Business Manager

Université McGill

This is a Full-time position in Montréal, QC posted May 30, 2018.

Position Summary: 

McGill-Queen’s University Press is today one of North America’s leading and most respected and forward-looking scholarly presses, publishing between 120-150 titles per year and on track within two years to originate a minimum of 160-170 titles, including monographs, trade, and course adoption titles. The Press has offices in Montreal, Kingston and the UK and, while it is a separate not-for-profit corporation from its parent universities (McGill and Queen’s), it supports their research and dissemination missions by publishing Canadian and international authors for a global community of scholars, students, and educated readers.

The Finance and Business Manager develops and monitors the Press’s financial and administrative processes, including Trilogy, the Press-wide database, to ensure efficient flow of information between Press departments and to outside distributors and business partners.  A member of the senior management team, this position reports to the Executive Director and prepares and monitors annual and multi-year Press budgets. S/he creates and maintains systems that interface with internal McGill University accounting systems to provide sales and financial reporting, including full financial statements for independent audit, payment of royalties, as well as corporate and tax reporting. In addition, this position is responsible for data and financial information regarding major grant applications, such as Canada Book Fund, Canada Council, and Foundations and ensures timely application and financial reporting. This position supervises a four-person administrative team, as well as oversees recruitment and staffing of the Press. The position would be based in Montreal, one of North America’s most livable, affordable, and culturally rich cities.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Prepare annual budgets and multi-year business plans in consultation with and for approval by the Executive Director.
  • Manage the accounting activities of the Press; prepare quarterly financial statements and reports; prepare annual financial statement for external audit.
  • Manage the administrative activities of the Press including but not limited to: human resources (recruitment, staffing, payroll); grant applications and subsequent reporting; fulfillment of Press contractual obligations (royalties, distributed publishers); corporate reporting, GST/QST; legal deposit; statistical reporting (Stats Can; AUP, etc.,); and oversee accounts receivable for sales and subsidies.
  • Manage the contracts for print and electronic distribution service provided by companies in Canada, US, UK, and elsewhere and implement new business initiatives from time to time such as the acquisition of another agency, or publisher, and the sale of digital products.
  • Oversee the operation of press-wide title management system.
  • Process and analyze monthly downloads of sales information from distributors for print books and from eBook vendors.
  • Serve as a resource person for both the Audit and Finance Committee and Board of Directors of the Press.
  • Prepare and analyze financial aspects of publication projects; in-kind contributions to the Press; and provide an annual assessment of problems arising from print runs.

Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degreeFive (5) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 

Strong knowledge of book publishing industry. Excellent knowledge of business and accounting practices, including financial budgeting, planning, and analysis as they relate specifically to the editorial, marketing, and production department functions of publishing.Strong technical skills including knowledge of spreadsheet applications, accounting software, and databases. Proven managerial ability and the ability to communicate to staff and externally to various boards and committees of the parent universities (McGill and Queen’s). Fluent in English. The following would be considered an asset: CPA designation or status as a candidate for the CPA profession, experience and knowledge of database queries including SQL queries, familiarity with book metadata/bibliographic data, spoken French.

Reference Number: 


Reporting To: 

Director, McGill-Queens University Press

Salary Range: 

(Grade 07) $66,300 – $88,500 (midpoint) – $115,100


McGill-Queens University Press

Position Type: 


Hours Per Week: 


How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1


The deadline to apply for this position is June 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, Staffing will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

McGill applicants, covered by the McGill Non-Unionized, Non-Academic Personnel Policies and Procedures, must apply to a regular M and Excluded position within ten (10) working days of the date of publication to maintain internal priority.

McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated groups to self-identify. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) at or 514-398-1660.


Skills Required

  • Education level: None
  • Work experience (years): None


Salary: N/D

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