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Manager, Product Development

| Santa Monica

We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world's leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) is the centralized U.S. catalog entity for the Universal Music Group. Working closely in concert with all of the company's record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new and emerging technologies. We manage a diverse and expansive catalog spanning the entire history of recorded music and nearly every genre of music from such renowned record labels as Capitol, Interscope, Def Jam, Geffen, A&M, Motown, Island, and Virgin. The UMe catalog roster includes many of the most iconic and legendary artists of all time, including: The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, and Kanye West. 

UMe is seeking a passionate music enthusiast with product development experience, deep catalog music knowledge, and strong music business background to join our catalog Product Development team as the Manager of Product Development. This role reports to the VP, Product Development and is based in Santa Monica, CA.

Job Functions:

  • Research, pitch and produce financially & commercially viable physical and digital releases from the Universal Music Group catalog across all artists and genres
  • Manage & coordinate full product development lifecycle, from research to recording/production process to product release
  • Identify repertoire for commercial exploitation through archive research and asset management
  • Oversee and be accountable for project expenditures & budgets
  • Provide efficient and effective research data and assets across a wide variety artists and genres
  • Maintain strict quality control of products & releases
  • Job Requirements:

    Skills/Abilities:

  • Deep catalog knowledge with an archivist/researcher like mindset across a wide range of music genres, artists and music products and strong understanding of the music industry & recording methods and technology
  • Ability to multi-task, ensure meticulous attention to detail, prioritize and work well under pressure & deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment
  • Must be current on today's music industry environment including streaming/digital platforms
  • Work well independently, take initiative, identify potential issues & successfully problem solve with sound business deliverables
  • Effectively optimize processes and efficiencies, and manage budgets
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, PPT), along with high aptitude for learning new software programs.
  • Experience:

  • 3+ years experience in the music business, preferably with catalog/heritage music and knowledge of recording methods and technology
  • Experience successfully managing Product Development and budget process for a product release from origination to product completion
  • Proven track record initiating, originating, managing and successfully completing all relevant aspects of recorded music releases and projects
  • Knowledge and experience in digital/streaming formats & platforms including playlist compilations, programming, and content curation
  • Education:

    • Bachelor's degree required in music, marketing, communication, business, or related major preferred

    Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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    This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.

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    UMG IT is primarily based in Woodland Hills, a neighborhood bordering the Santa Monica mountains in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles

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