Asset Researcher

Supply Chain Management London, United Kingdom Req. UMG-1160




Job title: Asset Researcher

Department: Archives

Location of work: West Thamesmead


Main purpose of role


This position is for an asset researcher role at the UMGI Asset Management, as part of a team managing the music related assets of the company.


  • Part of team managing UMGI music related assets (audio/video)
  • Fulfil high volume of ongoing requests in timely manner for the labels
  • Sourcing requested content as assets UMG systems
  • Searching, updating, and requesting physical assets, using AIC index system; and supplying requested information and reports. Identifying non-digitised assets, and fulfilling requests for assets to be digitised
  • Will need to closely work with catalogue team building a good working relationship, understanding their structure and business requirements in order to provide proper levels of support
  • Additional in-depth research work with catalogue areas to aid in researching ongoing projects, including knowledge of artists and their recordings/repertoire including released and unreleased material, recording dates/venues, etc
  • Correctly identify specific audio and video formats/types (EQ or non-EQ master, final master, etc.) for demanding studio requirements, including mastering, flat transfers, playback, digitising, compilation jobs, video dubbing/conversions, telecine, and encoding
  • Supporting the asset preservation programme at our on-site music studios
  • Conducting in-depth research work to aid ongoing projects. This will include investigating artists and their recordings/repertoire, including released and unreleased material, recording dates/venues etc


Person Specification



  • Ability to build relationships with the labels, fully understanding their requirements and meeting their often demanding and fast changing requirements
  • Ability to manage own workload and work to deadlines
  • Good attention to detail, researching a clients request to a granular level
  • Good IT skills – proficient in Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Ability to work within a close team environment, flexible to cover other duties to meet key prioritises of the library
  • Creation of reports using office package
  • Interest in a wide variety of music styles and eras




  • Librarian, asset management, or research experience
  • Data entry, data systems experience
  • Knowledge of music and video tapes/recording and work in a music or video studio environment helpful, but full training given
  • Secondary language, such as German or French



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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