Senior Manager, Accounting

Finance & Accounting Woodland Hills, California Req. UMG-4488


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:

Universal Music Group (UMG) currently has an opening for a Senior Accounting Manager position within its Central Accounting Services (CAS) division to support three UMG labels, Island Records & Def Jam Recording (IDJ), and Interscope Records (IGA).  Reporting to the Executive Director; this position will support the general accounting close cycle, joint venture, and profit participation (JVA) cycle, and corporate reporting process of IDJ and IGA. 

Our mission in Central Accounting Services is to continually expand our contribution to the organization through team mentorship, individual development, and creative process improvements.  We are looking for an enthusiastic colleague with a dedicated work ethic and a sharp mind.

In this role, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in a broad array of accounting, analysis, and reporting activities.  Remote work option is available for this role.

How you’ll CREATE:

  • Assist in managing 9 BPO staff in Mumbai to ensure deliverables & work quality is consistent with agreed-upon SLA’s (service level agreements)
  • Review and/or prepare monthly accruals & allocations
  • Review GL activities for proper accounting
  • Review & approve journal entries & analysis prepared by BPO staff in Mumbai; including balance sheet reconciliations
  • Preparing/reviewing management financial packages, including financial reports, balance sheet reconciliations, and supporting analytics to facilitate review of monthly close by senior finance management
  • Review corporate reporting submitted to global consolidation system Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)
  • Coordinating with division Finance representatives, as well as other UMG functional departments to stay current with business activity and emerging issues
  • Assist in managing the statement preparation process by the BPO staff in Mumbai and the review process with IDJ/IGA finance team to ensure statements are completed, reviewed and payable amounts paid within the contractual deadlines
  • Review JVA statements and supporting schedules to ensure the statement is prepared in accordance with contractual terms of the deal and within the due dates specified in the contract
  • Review & reconcile GL activity flowing through the deal statement; and review general ledger adjustments proposed by BPO staff
  • Ensure the accuracy of the financial statements as it relates activity pertaining to JVA contracts
  • Provide support to IDJ/IGA finance team as necessary to assist in the quarterly forecasts and annual plan process
  • Support the preparation and review of financial statements used for UMG tax returns
  • Liaise with internal & external auditors and prepare audit schedules as required
  • Support special projects, process improvement initiatives & annual SOX testing

Bring your VIBE:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting a must, CPA or MBA preferred
  • Minimum 5 to 7 years of broad general ledger accounting or corporate reporting experience; public accounting experience preferred
  • Experience with SAP or similar general ledger applications
  • Strong Excel & Word skills required
  • Experience with HFM preferred
  • Music or Entertainment industry experience a plus
  • Strong analytical skills required; along with attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills

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.