Universal Music Group – Release Manager (UK)

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us the world’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 UniversalMusicCareers@umusic.com 

The A Side: A Day in The Life

This position will be responsible for managing the availability and production of all commercial and promotional components associated with all Physical and Digital formats released via the specific labels assigned to the Release Manager.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Organised

  • Management and delivery of all audio and artwork assets to digital business partners, printers and physical manufacturers in a timely manner
  • Creating Bills of Material and the pricing of product outfit for physical titles
  • Track critical path milestones for new release titles
  • Determine inventory requirements for new release titles including tracking titles to ensure on-time delivery to customers

Be Analytical

  • Produce and distribute regular stakeholder reports

Be Detailed

  • Ensuring all assets are to UMGI specifications

Be Collaborative 

  • Liaising with A&R, Marketing, manufacturers and Distribution Centres at all levels up to the most senior
  • Participate in key meetings, including weekly scheduling meetings with the Labels and manufacturers
  • Placement of Purchase Orders with manufacturers and liaise to ensure the timely delivery of stock into the Distribution Centres

Be Creative

  • Creative input with design and marketing
Person Specification


  • Excellent communication skills at all levels
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • The ability to work to strict deadlines
  • The ability to work as part of a close-knit team in a high-pressure environment and support colleagues
  • Flexibility to pick up colleague’s projects at short notice
  • To be innovative and offer creative input to design and marketing
  • The ability to run numerous projects simultaneously
  • A good understanding of new technologies and general developments within the music industry and the ability to adapt and change accordingly
 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
  • 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 seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.

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