UK Senior Royalty Administrator

Royalties & Copyright Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-3226


Job title: UK Senior Royalty Administrator
Responsible to: UK Royalty Manager
Department: UK Administration
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music 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, please email

The A Side: A Day in The Life

The UK Royalty department at UMP provides a client focused service with the mandate to provide an industry leading customer service offering, through new technologies and a constant refinement of process delivered through innovative thinking across the team. We’re looking for someone to be a key member of this team and join us as we embark on this next chapter for UMP.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Financial

  • Creation of payable royalty balances schedule
  • Review of payable balances and amendments where necessary
  • Reconciliations between approved payable schedule and accounts payable balances
  • Reconciliations between finance system and royalty system
  • Assist with processing close processes
  • Leading the quarterly accounting process
  • Leading the royalty audit process
  • Ensuring the accounting processes adhere to internal controls
  • Liaise with finance and accounts payable teams

Be Organised

  • Ad Hoc tasks and projects as directed by the royalty manager and Head of UK Admin
  • Support the Royalty Manager and Assistant Royalty Manager with the day to day

Be Commercial

  • Play key parts in new process and system developments

Be Customer Focused

  • Liaise with customers regarding royalty payments

Personal Specification


  • Advanced excel skills
  • Experience using high volumes of data
  • Experience with reconciliations between various sources of data
  • Experience working on royalty audits
  • Experience dealing with internal auditors
  • Effective communicator both internally and externally
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent numeracy
  • Ability to manage deadlines and work to timetables


  • Experience of working in a financial department
  • Demonstrable interest in the Administration / Operation of a music publisher
  • Experience with SAP
  • Experience with publishing audits

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
  • 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.