Warner Chappell Music – Head of UK Administration (UK)

At Warner Music Group, we’re a global collective of music makers and music lovers, tech innovators and inspired entrepreneurs, game-changing creatives and passionate team members. Here, we know that each talent makes our collective bolder and brighter. We are guided by four core principles that underpin everything we do across all our diverse businesses:

  • Music is Everything: Music is our passion, and we can never get enough. Tastes, trends, and tech will change, but great artists and songwriters will always be our driving force.
  • Global Growth, Local Expertise: Music is a global language. Through communication and collaboration, our success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere.
  • Innovation and Insight: Pushing the boundaries requires the best information and the boldest imagination. We use both to create the future.
  • Empowered by People: Like the artists we serve and the music they make, our differences make us stronger. This is a place where every talent can belong and build a career.

We remain committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know it fosters a culture where you can truly belong, contribute, and grow. We encourage applications from people of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic or identity.

Consider a career at WMG and get the best of both worlds – an innovative global music company that retains the creative spirit of a nimble independent.

A little bit about our team:

The UK Administration department is a meaningful part of our UK company. Comprising Copyright, Royalties, Income Tracking and Sample Clearance, our team of ten delivers world-class music publishing administration services to our songwriters, ensuring that all income is collected and distributed accurately and on time.

Your role:

The role works closely with all areas of our UK business, including Finance, Business Affairs, Sync and A&R, and partners internationally with our global divisions, clients, affiliates, licensees and collection societies.

Here you’ll get to:
  • Lead, motivate and engage a department of dedicated and ambitious people across all fields of publishing administration.
  • Set direction for the department and prioritise workload, ensuring tasks are on track and in line with global and local critical metrics.
  • Work as an integrated member of a future-facing administration team.
  • Identify and make improvements to processes, evolve ways of working to take our UK publishing administration to the next level.
  • Provide regular reporting to executive leadership
  • Collaborate with our administration teams globally to develop consistency and efficiency in the delivery of services for our songwriters worldwide.
  • Build strong and positive relationships with our UK Clients ensuring we are providing the best service possible to our UK signed songwriter community
  • Work with our technology teams to ensure all our systems are delivering what we expect
  • Regularly connect with external partners, including the UK MPA and local CMOs and service hubs, e.g. PRS/MCPS, IMRO and ICE
  • Support VP European Regional Administration on any ad-hoc projects, requirements and analysis as needed
About you:
  • 5+ years’ experience in music, media or entertainment industries
  • An outstanding leader. Motivational, inspirational and driven to deliver the very best results from teams and individuals.
  • An understanding of the music publishing industry, including an in-depth knowledge of music rights and collection societies, how all major rights types are licensed and monetized, and the steps required to facilitate multi-territorial digital licensing and claiming practices
  • Experienced in reading and understanding music contracts. You can interpret commercial terms with ease and confidently translate them into copyright and royalty systems.
  • A track record of successfully managing internal and external audits
  • Experience with copyright and royalty systems
  • Experience in analysing and interpreting data sets, and high volumes of royalties.
  • Knows how and when to deliver feedback on the performance of people, teams and operations, to elicit the very best performance at all times
  • Expertise in process design, project management, objective setting and measurement
  • A high level of attention to detail and results’ driven mentality for success
  • Confidence and ease in clearly communicating with stakeholders of all levels, including songwriters, clients, colleagues and management
  • Exceptional organisation and time management skills
  • Enjoys leading multiple projects at once, and can successfully hit time-sensitive deadlines
  • The ability to join dots, think laterally and understand both downstream and upstream impact of events
  • Proven investment into your own professional development; an appetite to learn new skills, technologies and techniques
  • A “challenge mentality”; an out-of-the-box problem solver, always looking for ways to improve, evolve and adapt,
  • A passion for professional development and a curiosity about leadership
We’d love it if you also had:
  • Advanced Excel, Power Query, Power Pivot and other Microsoft Office application skills
  • Experience with BI visualisation tools such as Power BI and Tableau
  • Familiarity with and experience completing SOX controls
  • The ability to demonstrate your personal drive and ambition
  • In-house experience at a music publisher, ideally in a managerial capacity within administration
  • Experience of leading data migration projects and contributing to system enhancements
  • An interest in the intersection of technology and music
About us:

As the home to Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Warner Records, Warner Classics, and several other of the world’s premier recording labels, Warner Music Group champions emerging artists and global superstars alike. And our renowned publishing company, Warner Chappell Music, represents genre-spanning songwriters and producers through  a catalogue of more than one million copyrights worldwide. Redefining what it means to be a music company in the 21st century, our consumer brands include trend-setters like UPROXX, Songkick, HipHopDX, and EMP. We’re the home to WMX – the next generation services division that connects artists with fans and amplifies brands in creative, immersive, and engaging ways – and Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) – the ground-breaking global distribution company for independent artists and labels.

Together, we are Warner Music Group: Music With Vision & Voice.

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