Vice President, US Corporate Tax

Finance & Accounting Santa Monica, California New York, New York Req. UMG-4712


We are UMG, the 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: 

As Vice President, US Corporate Tax, you will advise senior management on domestic and cross-border taxes for business related questions, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), internal legal restructuring, and domestic tax law updates and trends. You will also be responsible for overseeing the full scope of UMG’s tax compliance and coordinating audit responses in the US, including coordinating and optimizing outsourced compliance services.

You will work closely together with other departments, such as finance, treasury, legal and business affairs, and tax colleagues outside the US and with outside tax counsel.

This position will report to the US CFO North America based in Santa Monica and the Head of Tax based in the Netherlands.

This opportunity can be located in either Santa Monica or New York City - with periodic domestic and international travel to the extent necessary.


How You’ll Create:

Oversee US Tax Compliance and Accounting team, and manages external tax compliance and advisory firms on all US tax matters

Advise on US tax matters related to Federal Corporate Income Tax, States and local Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax for business related questions (including M&A) raised by other departments (finance, treasury, Human Resources, Business Affairs, etc.) based in the US

Prepare internal memoranda and other documentation, as required, in connection with proposed transactions or operations

Liaise with and manage external law and accounting firms that provide assistance and advice on US specific matters on transactions and operations

Advise on international taxes (especially withholding tax on royalties, dividends, and interest) levied in the US

Manage Federal and States and Local tax audits with assistance of external advisor


Bring Your Vibe:

Minimum of 10 years of tax experience at a Big 4 accounting firm, ideally Corporate Tax Department, and/or major law firm.

Broad base of tax technical knowledge, including Federal Corporate Tax, International Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions, Transfer Pricing Policies, Multiple State and Local Income Tax, Property Tax and Sales and Use Tax. With thorough knowledge of tax matters relevant to US corporations’ part of international holding companies

Strong communication skills, both in the context of executive presentations and in written and oral communications

Experience with compliance issues for domestic and global companies

Knowledge of IP-related Music, Entertainment, Gaming or Software Industry related tax issues is a plus

Solid understanding of finance and accounting matters

Ability to multi-task and work in a very fast-paced and team-oriented environment

Ability to propose and to implement practical solutions

Ability to communicate tax issues to non-tax stakeholders, enabling timely strategic decision making and using effective written and oral communication skills

A good knowledge of intellectual property law desired – preferably music contracts



Master’s degree in Accounting/Tax or Law degree with Tax LLM


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.