Universal Music Group – Physical Release Manager (UK)

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us Britain’s leading music company. From A&R to finance, legal to digital, sales to marketing, Universal Music is the place to grow and develop your career within a truly commercial and innovative business that leads in everything it does.

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, including alternatives to the online form or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email Helen@umusic.com
The A Side: A Day in The Life

Responsible for over-seeing the delivery of all physical and digital products on all campaigns across the Polydor roster which includes Lana Del Rey, Mabel, Jax Jones, Ellie Goulding, James Blake, Elbow, The 1975, HAIM, Billie Eilish, Years & Years, Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Fender + many more

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Collaborative

  • On behalf of Polydor and its artists – work closely with the central production team to have priority physical releases/products ready and live for sale across all retail partners on release date- globally
  • Work closely with marketing team to agree and initiate physical products
  • Work closely with A&R & marketing teams to provide clear deadlines for delivery of all parts related to key physical releases
  • Work closely with A&R admin team to ensure clear lead-times for completion of all release information inputted into key systems
  • Work closely with the sales and production team to agree format specs, materials, quantities and timelines for physical suite of products
  • Communicate to sales team to provide details of all products including dates, track list, formats and pre-order information ready for sale
  • Work with in-house and third-party designers regarding end to end delivery of physical formats- including providing grids, copy checking and layouts in order to deliver final files to production for physical products
  • Working with artists and management team to seek final approval and sign off on physical artwork – regarding specs, copy and finish
Be Administrative
  • Provide label copy, catalogue numbers and UPCs to designers for physical product creation or any other team member who requires them
  • Facilitate the arrangement of artist signing of stock, approval of artwork proofs, ensure ample stock available pre-release for team and archiving/ Logging of all artwork assets across all releases
Person Specification
  • Highly organised, delivery and deadline focused with the ability to multi task
  • A proven track record working on music releases in particular physical
  • A proven track record working for a label or label services/distribution company on a variety of formats
  • Understanding the importance of confidential and sensitive information
  • Great communication skills
  • Great relationship builder
  • A proven track record within music production is desirable
Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits
  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan available
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)
Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable. However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder’s specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop. Therefore, the job description should be indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.

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