Director, Product Development
Universal Music GroupSanta Monica, CA
Full Time Job
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.
We are seeking a passionate music enthusiast with Product Development experience and strong music business background to join our catalog Product Development team as the Director of Product Development. This role reports to the VP, Product Development and is based in Santa Monica, CA.
Research, pitch and produce financially & commercially viable physical and digital releases from the Universal Music Group catalog across all artists (such as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Justin Bieber, Keith Urban), genres & labels (such as Interscope-Geffen-A&M, Capitol Music Group, Def Jam, Universal Music Group – Nashville and Republic). Manage & coordinate full product development lifecycle (from research to recording/production process to product release). Interact with executives across departments, artists and artist management.
Identify repertoire for commercial exploitation through archive research and asset management
Oversee and responsible for project expenditures & budgets
Seek out and identify new potential catalog content and releases for possible acquisition and effectively assist in the deal evaluation
Provide efficient and effective research data on a variety of songs, artists and genres
Work with Commercial and Marketing teams on content creation (may include videos and other promotional content & materials)
Maintain strict quality control of products & releases
broad & in-depth knowledge of music genres and music products and strong understanding of the music industry & recording methods and technology. Should also be passionate about music and emerging media trends.
Ability to multi-task, ensure meticulous attention to detail, prioritize and work well under pressure & deadlines in a fast-paced, high volume environment.
Must demonstrate poise, confidence, and talent to handle multiple projects with the highest level of quality and integrity.
Foster & maintain strong, positive relationships with top level managers and artists.
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.
7 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
Bachelor's degree required in music, marketing, communication, business, or related major preferred
Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.