Director, Global Environmental Social & Governance (ESG) Strategy, Operations & Reporting

Finance & Accounting Santa Monica, California Req. UMG-4630


We are UMG, Universal Music Group. We are the world’s leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute, and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.

How we LEAD:

We are currently seeking an exceptional, passionate person to join the ESG team as Director for our Global ESG, Strategy, Operations & Reporting. This position reports to the SVP. The role combines elements of strategy, policy, advocacy, and partnerships at a senior level and supports the delivery and reporting of targets aligned with business goals.

The Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) Director, will be a key member of the ESG Strategy, Operations & Reporting team, and report to the SVP.

The Director will support the development and implementation of program strategy, operational reporting, and disclosures as well as ESG investor engagement. This role will have primary responsibility for internal and external engagement on ESG topics and actions relevant to Universal Music Group’s shareholders and related third parties, such as ESG ratings agencies. This role will require strong cross functional interaction. The ideal candidate is an expert in environmental reporting, is well versed in the major reporting frameworks and has deep experience building stakeholder engagement programs. This role will work closely with IR, Business Affairs, People, Inclusion, Culture as well as other key global partners.

How you’ll CREATE:        

Key Skills

  • Subject Matter Expert in carbon footprint measurement, reporting and frameworks (TCFD, CDP, SBTi)
  • Experience with reporting standards and frameworks (SASB, CDP, TCFD, SBTi, UNSDG, GRI, IR, CDSB)
  • Strong understanding of ESG assessments and ratings (CDP, DJSI, MSCI, Ecovadis, ISS, Sustainalytics)
  • Experience with risk and materiality assessment and articulation, including gap analysis
  • Strong stakeholder management and interpersonal skills
  • Proven cross-functional leader with exceptional project management skills
  • Impeccable business writing acumen
  • Demonstrated experience presenting to large, high-profile audiences

Primary Responsibilities


  • Supporting the development and adoption of UMG’s ESG program strategy
  • Development and implementation of the reporting framework and disclosures
  • Environmental SME and ability to develop carbon footprint measurement and reporting
  • Build internal/external stakeholder engagement
  • Support stakeholder initiatives such as employee-led Green Teams, PAC, ERGs as well as label and regional OpCo target execution efforts
  • Maintain broad understanding of: ESG landscape, reporting and disclosure trends and key stakeholders
    • reporting and disclosure trends
    • the ratings agency ecosystem
    • reporting frameworks and standards
    • disclosure legislation
    • company best practices


  • Oversee coordination and integration of ESG operations globally
  • Oversee system implementation, data migration, proof of concept and ongoing data collection efforts
  • Manage specialists; evaluate and coordinate consulting efforts to drive results


  • Support development of Board level reporting
  • Support development of shareholder engagement plans and drafting of all prep materials for management meetings with ESG investors
  • Support drafting the ESG content of the annual reports and registration documents as well as responses to shareholder proposals, and other shareholder facing materials
  • Effectively engage with key cross functional partners (including Business Affairs, People Inclusion & Culture, Supply Chain, Public Policy, Communications, et al.) to:
    • Support development and coordinate strategy, refining, and advancing of ESG goals
    • Raise awareness of ESG commitments and progress to stakeholders, including the investment community
    • Contribute to periodic ESG “materiality” assessments
    • Own the ESG portion of the IR website, working with internal partners to build out and refresh content
    • Develop content review process for board and shareholder reporting

Bring your VIBE:


  • 7-10 years relevant experience such as Corporate ESG, Wall Street, Big 4, ESG Advisory
  • SASB certified, preferred
  • Investor Relations experience
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting, and investment analysis
  • Experience in sustainable investing or similar field, preferred
  • Knowledge of ESG challenges within the music/media/tech sector
  • Excellent planning, analytical and communication skills


  • Bachelor’s degree Finance, Business, or a related field
  • Master’s degree in Sustainability or Environmental Science, preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced skills with the following applications preferred:
    • Tableau
    • Sphera, Enablon, Workiva, OneTrust or other ESG reporting software
    • MS PowerPoint
    • MS Excel (advanced, required)
    • MS Word
    • Adobe Design Suite, preferred

Perks Playlist:

  • Competitive Compensation Package including Salary, Benefits and Generous 401k Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off – Paid Holidays, “Gift Week”, Summer Fridays
  • Student Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Employee Developmental Support
  • Annual Gym Reimbursement Package
  • Pet Insurance, plus much more!

Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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