Warner Music Group – General Manager, Emerging Markets (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, sex or sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, disability, and any other protected 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

At WMG, the Emerging Markets region, currently spanning Eastern Europe, MENA, Africa, India and Eastern Mediterranean, is continuing to grow. This newly created role will oversee A&R, Marketing, R&A, Operations and ADA, closely partnering with the leaders of each function to drive our creative

strategy, strengthen delivery of our value proposition and ensure operational excellence across the region.

Your role

Reporting to the President, Emerging Markets, you will oversee the day-to-day management of Emerging Markets, expanding our international and domestic repertoire opportunities and maximising opportunities for our heritage acts. You will drive forward openings for innovation, reimagining operations to ensure streamlined and future-proofed services. Ultimately, you’ll strive to deliver our artist value proposition and build amazing employee experiences for a diverse range of talent.

Here you’ll get to:
  • Support the President EM by inputting to, developing and overseeing the strategic roadmap for EM region.
    Operationalise the roadmap, developing milestones and objectives, monitoring progress and providing regular updates to leadership.
  • Travel extensively to:
    • Ensure on the ground understanding of EM territories
    • Act as a trusted partner to develop local capability
    • Identify opportunities, pain points and risks, supporting with the delivery of any necessary action plans and appropriately managing change
    • Support with time-sensitive projects or issues that need swift resolution
  • Have a targeted focus on growing market share through roster expansion, marketing strategy, successful translation of international repertoire into the local markets and focused M&A & distribution strategies.
  • Build and adjust our artist repertoire to achieve growth in our business and to ensure that domestic/international revenue split reflects overall market dynamics.
  • Push the cultural dial through artist development that is committed to the most exciting talent and music both internationally and domestically.
  • Develop, strengthen and communicate a distinctive, competitive and compelling Artist Value Proposition.
  • Partner with other Warner Music regions/affiliates to share learnings, develop partnerships and leverage expertise.
  • Build trusting relationships with shareholders, colleagues and third parties.
  • Support the acceleration of digitisation through technologies, embedding tools, systems and platforms that will underpin excellence and improve efficiency.
  • Build momentum behind the importance of great quality data, and embed research and analysis capabilities across the region.
  • Progressively lead teams to deliver an agenda for change, developing fresh and dynamic approaches to developing and breaking new and established talent.
  • Identify and nurture the next generation of talent across the Emerging Markets to create a robust, stable and future-proofed team.
  • In your role as a senior leader, support the People, Culture & DEI workstreams to:
    • Evolve and improve company culture; embedding our Employee Value Proposition and enhancing employee experiences through great people leadership.
    • Promote an inclusive and equitable environment, drawing on global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion infrastructure, framework and expertise.

About you
  • Enthusiastic and accomplished business leader, with demonstrable experience of growing revenue streams and/or market share.
  • Wealth of expertise spanning marketing, artist and brand development, new business development, creative content and relationship management.
  • Thorough knowledge of market changes, their opportunities and risks.
  • Pragmatic and solution orientated, with an eye on growth.
  • Fantastic at embedding successful partnerships and new ventures.
  • Natural energiser and a great, inclusive people leader, with an innate ability to engage, excite, develop and grow a diverse range of employees.
  • Well networked to bring in new partnerships and business opportunities.
  • Exemplary communicator, authentic in style and polished in delivery.
  • Culturally curious, an ambassador of change, an innovator and agile thinker.
  • Real experience of developing and delivering strategy and business plans.
  • Strong understanding of corporate finance and measures of performance.

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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Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear from us right away. We’re taking our time to review all resumes, and to find the best people for WMG.

Thanks for your interest in working for WMG. We love it here, and think you will, too.

WMG is committed to inclusion and diversity in all aspects of our business. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and will evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, religion or belief, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, disability, pregnancy, childbirth or any other characteristic protected by law.