BMG – Director, Outbound Audit (US)

Come As You Are.

As the great Kurt Cobain* once said, “Come as you are.” BMG is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and we celebrate diversity in all forms. Equal opportunity runs deep in our core value of fairness and we are determined to create a truly inclusive work environment, where everyone can flourish. If you’re good at what you do, come as you are.

All applicants to BMG will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, color, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.*BMG is the proud representative of Kurt Cobain’s publishing catalogue, including the 1992 single ‘Come As You Are’.

Your Mission at BMG.

Every day, BMG collects various income streams with vast amounts of sales and usage data from all over the world. It is checked, then double-checked to ensure we collect all that is due to us and our clients are paid fully, accurately and on time. When ensuring BMG was paid correctly we frequently conduct royalty audits at our income sources (Labels, Publishers, Distributors, Licensees etc.). As Director, Outbound Audit, you will manage the outbound audit process and compile desktop audits (deep-dive reviews) for BMG’s various publishing and recording catalogues.

Look no further if…
  • You are driven and ready to grow a career in the music business?
  • You are interested in professional development and technological training on the job?
  • You would like to be part of a talented team of music professionals from around the world delivering the best to their clients?

BMG’s Incoming Tracking & Audit team has a 360°view of the music business and works closely with a wide remit of departments and foreign affiliate offices. The successful candidate will gain invaluable exposure into the workings of a global music business.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is eager to learn; if you are an organized, self-motivated music lover who enjoys project management, detective work and deep-diving into data then this could be the dream job for you!

Your Profile.
  • You are ready to deep-dive and learn about BMG’s various income sources and their accounting practices.
  • You have exceptional communication skills (verbal and written) and high level of music business acumen.
  • You are a self-starter.
  • You thrive working autonomously and are a team player.
  • You are able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • You don’t shy away from challenging situations with contracting parties.
  • You have exceptional attention to detail and the drive to follow through on a project to completion.
What You’ll Be Doing.
  • Identify audit targets and analyze audit profitability
  • Engage outside firms that conduct audits obo BMG
  • Manage the outbound audit process with outside firms and audited companies
  • Review outgoing audit reports carefully
  • Support settlement negotiations
  • Work closely with BMG’s LBA team to secure audit periods and settlements
  • Compile desktop audits (internal deep dive reviews) for specific BMG catalogues
  • Set-up and update internal reporting around audit activity and process
  • Work closely with internal departments and foreign affiliates
  • Proficient understanding of royalty accounting und contractual accounting terms
  • Good project management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to deal with different vendors and drive for results
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel

It’s a plus if you already have experience in the royalty audit field, or have good SQL skills.

About BMG.

BMG is a new kind of music company. Our mission is clear; to help artists and songwriters make the very most of their songs and recordings in the digital age. That’s why we offer the best creative support, provide the best access to platforms and work hard to maximize the value of each and every copyright, ensuring all our clients receive all payments promptly and accurately. We are not a technology company – though we use the best technology. We are not just a music publisher or a record label – although we offer both services. BMG is a company with service, transparency and fairness at its heart and a commitment to being the best international music company for songwriters, artists and everyone who works with us.

What’s In It For You.
  • Robust medical/dental/vision packages
  • Flexible time off
  • $500 fitness reimbursement
  • Diverse possibilities of personal and professional development including trainings and access to
  • Dollar for dollar match of up to 6% into 401(k) after your first year with the company
  • A fun and respectful community of people with a passion for music

BMG – est. 2008 – is the world’s fourth-biggest music company, the first new global player in the music business of the streaming age, and a record label and music publisher in one. Named in 2020 one of the world’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company, BMG’s pitch is unique – a relentless focus on fairness and transparency and service to its artist and songwriter clients. BMG’s 20 offices across 12 core music markets now represent over three million songs and recordings, including many of the most renowned and successful catalogs in popular music history.

BMG’s fresh approach includes production music, films, books, artist management, merchandise, neighboring rights, and live as well as music publishing and recordings off the same service platform. BMG is owned by international media, services and education company Bertelsmann, whose other content businesses include the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House and the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr. With its multi-platform perspective, integrated technology platform and commitment to help artists maximize their income, BMG aims to be the best company in music to do business with.

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