Job vacancy: Bookkeeper

Lawrence and Wishart is one of the few remaining independent radical publishers in the UK. We’ve been publishing critical left thinking on politics and culture since 1936.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and conscientious bookkeeper and financial administrator who shares our values to join our small team, working in our office in Chadwell Heath. This role will offer the successful applicant a chance to be part of the L&W team and to learn about how an independent left-wing publisher operates.  

Job Description

Principal aspects of this role:

  • bookkeeping: managing and maintaining accurate and up to date records of L&W’s accounts across a variety of income streams, outgoings, and expenses, using Sage accounting software,
  • raising and paying invoices and undertaking credit control,
  • reports for the board and staff: preparing and presenting regular reports regarding book and journal orders and sales,
  • wages and tax: preparing monthly wage, NI and pension payments,
  • preparation and submission of VAT returns,
  • administering other financial aspects of the business, including rights and royalties, as required.

You will be resilient: a self-starter who can take decisions about your area of responsibility both on your own and with the L&W team. You need to be able to work collaboratively. Within a year, we expect this role to become a full member of the L&W management team, a co-management position where you will help manage the business and play your part in helping decide the strategic direction of the company.

We welcome applications from BAME people and other groups underrepresented in publishing.

Person specification


  • Experience in a role with planning, business planning and budget management.
  • Bookkeeping experience: able to maintain detailed, accurate records across a variety of income streams and data sources.
  • Able to organise and manage a complex workload, prioritising competing deadlines.
  • Self-reliance: able to work in an autonomous way, without over-frequent needs for guidance, being able to trust in your judgment to make effective decisions.
  • Collaborative: having a highly developed capacity for working as part of a team.
  • Political awareness: a commitment to our values of openness, pluralism and democratic left-wing political formation.


  • Experience of working in the publishing industry.
  • Being interested to work in a ‘flat’ management system in which both collaborative and self-reliant decision processes are essential.

Deadline: midday Wednesday 15 January 2020
Interviews: week starting Monday 27 January

Salary: £28,230 pro rata
Start date: flexible (preferably asap)
Duration: permanent, subject to probation
Hours: 2 days/week

To apply, please fill out our application form. CVs will not be accepted. 

The job will be based mostly in the office due to the collaborative nature of the management team, but there is some flexibility around working from home. If you have any questions, or if you wish to discuss your application further, please feel free to contact the team on 02085970090 or email