VP Human Resources

Human Resources Santa Monica, California Req. UMG-1290


Universal Music Group is currently seeking a Vice President of Human Resources to manage the overall HR function for multiple business units and corporate functions.  The VP serves as a strategic business partner to senior management in driving the business as it relates to our people and organizational effectiveness.  The VP, HR manages operational HR activities including consulting and advising on policy and procedure, organizational effectiveness, staffing, compensation, employee relations, and development, as well as change management.

Job Functions:

  • Builds, develops and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with management and employees across multiple business units to deliver value-added HR services
  • Develops a detailed understanding of the client’s business –departments, jobs, structure, processes, financials
  • Proactively assesses client needs for HR services and develops strategies to meet those needs
  • Addresses employee relations issues and other immediate issues to minimize risk; manage investigations as applicable
  • Ensure alignment between individual, business unit and corporate practices and serve as a credible activist, operational executor, business ally
  • Promote positive employee relations and communication by counselling employees and proactively facilitating conflict resolution between employees;
  • Coach employees and managers on career development, goal setting, performance improvement and people management
  • Partner with Talent Management and Comp and Benefits teams on talent acquisition and assessment, learning and development initiatives, Compensation programs and processes; operationalize programs as applicable
  • Represent Universal Music Group and the HR function in a positive light by gaining and maintaining knowledge of industry trends and general business knowledge/acumen

Job Requirements:


  • Understanding of, and experience with, core aspects of Human Resource Management (staffing; employee relations; compliance; investigations, compensation planning, performance management; leadership development; training)
  • Ability to think strategically and translate concepts into actionable items
  • Must possess consultative style and approach with proven ability to develop credible relationships
  • Comfortable working in ambiguous business situations
  • Proven ability to influence decision making; courage to make tough decisions and deliver difficult messages
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and project management skills
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills
  • Exercise a high degree of professionalism and diplomacy in interactions with all levels of the organization
  • Strong experience and demonstrated skills in handling a variety of employee relations matters
  • Excellent follow through skills and the ability to anticipate and address business needs proactively
  • Possess strong work ethic; self-motivated with a desire to take initiative and look for ways to improve processes and create efficiencies
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills in managing through multiple priorities with overlapping tasks across multiple businesses
  • Highly adaptable to a fluid and ever changing work environment
  • Ability to lead and manage people effectively
  • Team-oriented attitude balanced with ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Sense of urgency – motivated/energetic/enthusiastic – dedicated and loyal


  • Minimum 10+ years of prior Human Resources Generalist and/or Organizational Development experience is ideal
  • Experience practicing HR in a fast paced, unstructured, and/or creative industry (music, fashion, retail, television, advertising, hospitality etc.) is a plus
  • HRIS experience,
  • Strong knowledge in employment laws; multi-state experience preferred
  • Proficient in MS Office (word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). Vision and/or Org Plus experience a plus


  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a relevant field with HR related coursework

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.