Creative Director (A&R)

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Creative Director (A&R)
Universal Music Group
UK - London
Date Posted:
Oct 25th 2021
Universal Music Group

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music UK 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 

The A Side: A Day in The Life

Representing all companies and composers within the Classics and Screen division, the Creative Director will be responsible for developing and maintaining creative strategy for signed composers, writers and producers and working directly with composers, writers and their managers and agents. 

The Creative Director will work with the rest of the international Promotions & A&R teams to find and develop the best rising talent and established composers; and support legacy composers and catalogues in providing opportunities to further the discovery of their music (creating writing, co-writing, sampling and remixing opportunities). 

The Creative Director will work with the international Promotions & A&R teams to co-ordinate consulting regularly with artistic planners to discuss repertoire, season planning, and opportunities for all composers associated with the division (creating dance, orchestral, opera or installation opportunities). 

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Creative 

  • Source and identify new opportunities and lead creative discussions and pitches
  • Develop current writers and create cowriter opportunities
  • Track and sign new composer/writer talent from around the world to UMPG

Be Operational 

  • Set, deliver, and exceed business goals around growth, revenue, strategic value, and innovation
  • Lead and be responsible for all creative output from initial pitch and development through to execution and launch, working with artists and managers to both interpret their ideas and shape the creative vision
  • Successfully implement new creative partnerships whether within the company or outside of Universal Music, and create innovative opportunities
  • You will be comfortable working with the Commercial side of the business and will extensively collaborate with the executive team on business strategy, content strategy, business process optimisation, revenue optimisation, and research and analysis

Person Specification

  • Experience in a creative leadership role within music
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • A passion for music, culture, and c This person will be driven by a desire to experiment with new formats and technologies, as well as a history of successful music productions.
  • A strong track record and extensive network in music

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 seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.

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