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Financial Manager – Creative Industries (Book Publishing)

Formac Lorimer Books
5502 Atlantic St, Halifax, NS
$50,000–$70,000 a year - Permanent, Full-time


5502 Atlantic St, Halifax, NS

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  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Financial Manager – Creative Industries (Book Publishing)

Do you have business management or accounting experience, and want a career that maintains your creative flair?

If so, the permanent role of Business Manager at Halifax-based Formac Lorimer Books may be the right move for your career.

Position Summary:

Established in 1978, Formac Lorimer Books is a Halifax-based, independent book publishing and distribution company. At Formac we publish, market and distribute a wide range of books for Nova Scotians and Canadians. We are on the leading edge of digital initiatives in publishing, producing accessible e-books, digital libraries for use in schools and universities and more. Our management team is always asking the question “What else can books do?” We also provide business, marketing and distribution services to a related publishing house (James Lorimer & Company) in Toronto, and to a nonprofit digital content distributor for Canadian post-secondary students based in our Halifax offices.

The business manager will join our management team of highly qualified and experienced individuals who seek to combine business success with a commitment to books and literary culture.

As a cultural industry, we combine our day-to-day business of selling books with key relationships with federal and provincial cultural agencies which provide funding to support and grow our publishing and marketing activities. Our business manager has a key role in these relationships and developing grant proposals and providing financial information and reports. Our business manager is also the key point of contact for our many authors and contributors whose books we report on annually with royalty statements and payments.

Responsibilities include:

  • Accounts payable
  • Payroll
  • Deposits and banking
  • T4, T4A, T5, NR4 preparation
  • Receiver General remittances
  • Royalty statement preparation
  • Grant application support, including reporting
  • Preparation of tax credit applications
  • Support work and reporting for external accountants

Skills & Qualifications

The business manager will conduct routine accounting tasks, experience and ability to perform these tasks without supervision is necessary. The business manager will also provide strategic input to the management team and support the Publisher with grant applications and reports. The ideal candidate will have all of the following qualifications and skills.

  • post-secondary accountant training and certification,


  • a degree in business management
  • excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • a minimum of five years' experience, preferably in the creative industry sector.Previous experience with preparing and submitting grants is an asset. An interest in Canadian and local books and authors is a definite advantage in this position, as is familiarity with the software tools we use, including:
  • Sage Accounting Pro
  • Winledge T54
  • Microsoft Office
  • book publishing industry-specific software


The successful candidate will be receive training and orientation from the company's outgoing business manager, who is retiring after many years of service.

The position is full-time, in-person at our office in the South End of Halifax where 12 of the 16 team members of these publishing operations are located.

Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9-5.
Position is available immediately.

  • Salary range based on experience ($50,000-$70,000)
  • Generous employee benefit plan (extended health, life, and dental)
  • Annual paid sick leave provision.
  • Free on-site parking
  • Comp copies of new releases, and discount on backlisted titles.

About us:

We are a small team of creatives who collaborate and problem solve together. There is a strong sense of responsibility and personal autonomy in our roles.

At the centre of our publishing decision-making is our commitment to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We encourage Black, Indigenous, racialized, or Queer (LGBTQ2S+) individuals to apply.

About our building:

The entry to our building may be a barrier to some persons. We are located on the first-floor, but one step up from street/sidewalk level. Once inside, our work space is accessible and barrier-reduced. The communal work space allows for generous thoroughfares between desks. Our gender-neutral bathrooms, hallways, break-room and workspaces are all large enough to accommodate any person who uses assistive devices to move about their workspace.

How to apply:

To be considered for this position, please include a detailed resume and letter outlining how your experience and interests connect with this position. Preferred candidates will be contacted for an initial interview which will be either in person or by Zoom. The position is open now, and applications will be evaluated as they arrive.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $50,000.00-$70,000.00 per year


  • Extended health care
  • On-site parking
  • Paid time off


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
The office space is an open-concept converted warehouse that allows for 2 metres of physical distance at all times and requires masks to be worn in smaller communal spaces.

Application question(s):

  • Do you have at least 2 years of accounting experience? (Payroll, preparing T4s, etc.)
  • In a sentence or two, what is your level of exposure to businesses funded through grants?
  • Please list the creative industry(ies) you've been part of professionally (maximum of 3). eg book publishing, local theatre, film, etc.


  • Bachelor's Degree (required)

Work Location: In person