Digital and Data Optimiser

Business Strategy & Operations Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-3484


Job title: Digital and Data Optimiser
Responsible to: Senior Vice President, Content Discovery and User Experience
Department: Global Classics & Jazz
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross

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

The A Side: A Day in The Life

Universal Music Global Classics & Jazz is the undisputed worldwide leader in its genre and is the London-based central unit for the world’s greatest classical and jazz labels: Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Verve, Blue Note and ECM. There is now an exciting opportunity for a Digital and Data Optimiser to join our Content team to continue to optimize our repertoire for existing and future business models in the fast-changing digital environment.

The B Side: Skills & Experience


Be Analytical


  • Undertake a wide variety of empirical testing in the music-streaming space and accurately record, aggregate and maintain the data
  • Accurately describe and curate a wide range of mainly jazz repertoire based on its anatomical and intrinsic qualities such as genre, tempo, or mood

Be Commercial

  • Assist in maximising asset availability across our Global Business Partners, using the simple principle ‘Everything, Everywhere’
  • Monitor pirate activity and work with other departments to ensure takedown/revenue claiming


Be Organised

  • Present and report your findings effectively to the wider team
  • Other ad hoc projects as required


Personal Specification



  • The successful candidate will have experience working in a music and/or streaming/e-commerce related environment with some technology, data or mathematics experience
  • You are comfortable with consumer technology as it relates to music, you spend much of your life on music and video streaming services and probably have some experience using voice command devices
  • You have a wide taste in many kinds of music, but a knowledge and love of jazz (both heritage and contemporary) is essential as is a good working knowledge of classical music
  • You have a good ear for musical attributes such as genre, tempo and ability and can maintain consistency of approach/focus for long periods
  • Your love of music is allied equally to a desire for commercial success and understanding consumer behaviour patterns
  • The successful candidate will have advanced Excel skills and are comfortable recording, using and maintaining large quantities of data
  • The ability to build fruitful international relationships, particularly in Jazz
  • You are meticulous and possess excellent attention to detail, but you are also fast and deadline-oriented
  • You are highly flexible and can adapt to new circumstances/change priorities as required 


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.