Legal & Business Affairs Manager – UK Digital & Commercial

Legal Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-3278


Job title: Legal & Business Affairs Manager – UK Digital & Commercial
Department: Head of Legal & BA – UK Digital & Commercial
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 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 [email protected]


The A Side: A Day in The Life

Providing Legal and Business Affairs support to the UK Digital and Commercial Division (comprising the digital and physical business partner account managers, the e-commerce team, the CRM team and strategic planning team). Providing advice and support to the UK labels, central UK Broadcast team; and the UK synch and brand partnerships team in relation to digital aspects of deals and marketing initiatives.


The B Side: Skills & Experience


Be Managerial


  • Providing legal advice to the different teams within the UK commercial division (which includes physical and digital business partner account managers; e-commerce; CRM and strategic planning)
  • Acting as the Business Affairs point of contact for business partners, dealing with ad hoc queries from the labels
  • Supporting the UK labels, central UK Broadcast team; and the UK synch and brands team in relation to digital aspects of deals:
    • Advising on guidelines
    • Queries in relation to digital deals
  • Providing advice on publishing issues
  • Providing data protection advice
  • Providing advice in relation to e-commerce law
  • Managing internal communications regarding deals, ensuring labels know about and understand deal structures

Be Operational


  • Responsible for liaising with the UK labels, digital account managers and third party content providers and business partners to agree digital marketing initiatives including live session agreements
  • Supporting the Head of Legal & Business Affairs in relation to all new digital business developments and direct to consumer activities
  • Providing support as and when necessary to the Central Legal team


Be Administrative

  • Contract drafting and negotiation of a variety of agreements including, live performance agreements, digital licence agreements, other rights based agreements; sales agreements; digital distribution agreements; e-commerce agreements; IT service and maintenance agreements, supplier agreements and general service contracts


Person Specification


  • Post qualified experience within a similar setting
  • Experience of intellectual property, technology, commercial and contract law
  • Experience of data protection law
  • Intelligent and quick to learn with an energetic and enthusiastic approach
  • Approachable and personable, with a pro-active approach to relationship management
  • Highly self-motivated, articulate, organised and confident
  • Excellent team player, also able to work on your own initiative
  • Excellent drafting skills and strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, able to work with individuals at all levels
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to manage a number of simultaneous priorities
  • Experience of negotiation and a strong commercial awareness
  • Interest in digital music/media consumption




  • Some music industry experience ideally in digital
  • Expert understanding of Recording and Music Publishing industry
  • Expert on anti-piracy and protection of rights
  • Experience of consumer law
  • Understanding of digital deals
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating software development agreements.
  • Experience of preparing, rolling out and advising upon company guidelines



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 available
  • 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.