Senior Commercial Finance Manager

Business Strategy & Operations Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-5894


Job title:  Senior Commercial Finance Manager
Responsible to: CFO
Department:  Mercury Studios
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music UK 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 or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email [email protected] 


The A Side: A Day in The Life

The role will lead the commercial planning activities to support the CFO with ongoing business planning, deal sign off/ greenlight process, sales and pricing guardrail strategy. The role will also partner with the sales team to oversee customer reporting and deal management. With one direct report the successful candidate will develop the finance analyst to oversee production finance, content amortisation and the valuation of intangible assets. The successful applicant must be a fully qualified accountant with strong interpersonal and business partnering skills.


The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Collaborative

  • To support the CFO with all aspects of financial and commercial planning
  • Partner with the Sales team and Finance Operations to deliver customer revenue and profitability reporting
  • Coach and motivate to drive high performance across the finance team and fully embed a finance business partnering model
  • Work closely and collaboratively with cross-functional teams to understand and manage each project’s impact on the business plan and finance processes


Be Administrative


  • Provide financial appraisal of production projects and third party acquisitions/ distribution deals at greenlight meetings
  • Lead the preparing and presentation of the monthly management reports, providing insights of opportunities and risks against the business plan
  • Develop monthly rolling forecasts and updates of the company's long-range plan
  • Assist with setting and tracking of sales targets to maximise on all potential and turnover for the studio
  • Drive continuous process improvements to promote best in class reporting, meaningful analysis and actionable business insights



Person Specification


  • A passion for music and filmed entertainment
  • Qualified ACCA/CIMA/ACA
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written) at all levels
  • Strong commercial awareness and understanding of deal processes
  • Excellent financial modelling skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Team leadership skills as well as team player, good at building professional relationships and adapting a personal approach to deal with different personalities and varying levels of knowledge and skills across the organisation
  • Strong organisational skills with proven ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong computer literacy (Microsoft office) and ability to learn new packages quickly
  • Experience using BPC, Essbase or similar financial planning and reporting software
  • Driven and results orientated


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.