Associate Creative Director, Brand Partnerships

Marketing & Digital Media Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-4198


Job title: Associate Creative Director, Brand Partnerships
Responsible to: EVP, Universal Music Group For Brands
Department: Universal Music Group For Brands, (New Business)
Location of work: King’s Cross, London

Music is Universal


It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us the world’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


Universal Music Group is the largest music company in the world with 34% market share. The company is fully owned by the Vivendi group) and has been one of the first record company to enter the digital space as well as to develop a specific division dedicated to brands called Universal Music For Brands ( This division provides tailor made entertainment marketing solutions for brands for customer acquisition & retention and currently runs more than 350 major partnerships worldwide.

We are currently seeking an Associate Creative Director who can generate creative campaigns, build content stories, on any platform that drive engagement. They have their finger on the pulse of creative trends in digital marketing. A conceptual thinker that has pitched, developed and launched integrated 360 campaigns for a variety of well-known brands. Also, they should excel at building strong cross-functional relationships in a fast-paced and innovative organization like ours.


The B Side: Skills & Experience


Be Creative


  • Act as a creative lead on developing innovative marketing experiences that deliver business and cultural impact to brands across existing and emerging platforms
  • Support all concepts with visually compelling pitch decks and verbally communicate how the creative vision will help achieve business goals both internally and to clients


Be Collaborative


  • Help facilitate or lead brainstorms with creative, sales or client teams
  • Lead by example and help your team of three creatives to develop strategic creative concepts on a local, regional and global level
  • Drive deep collaboration with internal partners, clients and external vendors
  • Ability to establish client relationships and act as a creative leader for the client
  • Maintain momentum around creative concepts, as a core part of the team that is responsible for bringing them into the world


Be Operational  


  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while ensuring the team meets deadlines
  • Experience in the development, budgeting and execution of a range of content executions from live experiences to branded content


Be Commercial


  • Stay up to date with creative trends and the competitive landscape to inspire and motivate the wider team and our markets
  • Exceptional design aesthetic, ensuring all creative output adheres to brand and artist standards


Person Specification


  • Proven track record of working for an agency or similar
  • Able to demonstrate originality, innovation and featuring a wide range of award-worthy creative work for a variety of well-known brands
  • Excellent copywriting and design skills which are used to communicate concepts effectively, delivering exceptional pitch proposals that get results
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills and able to organise, motivate and improve the creative output of those around you whilst accepting creative decisions from upper management
  • A positive and collaborative member of the team, who works well with others, and within short timeframes
  • Experience in collaborating with motion designers, technologists, live production teams, product designers and vendors to seamlessly execute projects – with a clear understanding of budgeting and scheduling
  • Able to take the initiative and proactively come to the table with new ideas to push forward the creative work for clients and strengthen market relationships
  • Solid organisational skills, hit deadlines and multitasking.
  • Ability to contribute to the culture of the UMG FOR BRANDS team and take part in activities that foster the team spirit
  • Strong knowledge and experience with key ‘presentation’ programs. PowerPoint (occasionally Keynote) and design tools such as Photoshop/In Design, or similar
  • A clear love for 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
  • 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.