Assistant Manager, Customer Activation & Retention

Commercial Services Santa Monica, California Req. UMG-4454


We are UMG, 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:

Merchandise and commerce are becoming part of the fabric of music culture. For artists, it’s a way to develop and further articulate their brand. For fans, it’s another pathway to connecting with an artist and the culture they represent.

UMG is looking for an Assistant Manager, Customer Activation & Retention to join our eCommerce group, sitting on a cross-functional team dedicated to supporting Universal Music Enterprise’s eCommerce stores. This role will help craft and support eCommerce customer activation & retention programs across the roster, using data & machine learning capabilities to optimize our eCommerce storefronts and campaigns. The Assistant Manager will collaborate with stakeholders across all label departments (product development, merchandising, A&R, commerce, and data & analytics) and artist management to support the planning and execution of customer activation & retention campaigns for artists not only across release and touring schedules, but also “off-cycle” promotions of artist-relevant eCommerce opportunities, to elevate UMG’s eCommerce experiences for our labels & rights owners, artists, and—most importantly—their fans. 

Candidates should have a track record of driving eCommerce growth, with expertise in eCommerce and the customer journey across channels. Experience working with strong direct-to-consumer brands is a must. They must be the organizing force in driving customer activation & retention for the UMe eCommerce team.

How you’ll CREATE:

  • Support eCommerce customer activation & retention initiatives to drive customer engagement across UMe’s eCommerce stores.
  • Work collaboratively with central and label marketing teams to develop and activate eCommerce customer activation & retention in collaboration with UMe-operated and artist-managed eCommerce sites, including paid, CRM, SEO/SEM, social & influencer, affiliate, loyalty & rewards, and promotions.
  • Assist in the development of comprehensive, targeted customer messaging plans across channels, including customer service messaging, bespoke to the artist or store brand.
  • Use data-driven insights to optimize storefront experiences and campaign performance against commercial and audience development goals on an ongoing basis.
  • Work with the analytics team and key stakeholders to manage and deliver campaign reporting to the label and artist teams.
  • Apply machine learning and advanced analytics capabilities to UMe’s standard practices for eCommerce customer activation & retention.
  • Support the use of non-commercial content (e.g. editorial, video content) on UMe’s eCommerce stores to drive customer activation & retention initiatives.
  • Maintain a deep understanding of our customer segments and trends, working with the CRM team to build targeted customer journeys that deepen the fan-to-artist connection and increase customer lifetime value.
  • Partner with front-line customer experience/customer service teams to ensure the fan is at the center of everything we do.
  • Research and formulate ways to optimize the user experience (landing pages, customer journeys, streamlined purchase funnel, etc.).
  • Support day-to-day operations and planning across UMe’s eCommerce customer activation & retention functions.
  • Work hand in hand with teammates across creative planning, store management, and operations to collectively deliver a great customer experience to our fans and UMe’s artists.

Bring your VIBE:

  • 2-4+ years working in eCommerce marketing or related fields, with experience managing customer activation & retention campaigns from ideation to execution.
  • Deep understanding of eCommerce trends and customer behavior.
  • Rich understanding of music fandom and the fan experience, specific to different artists and genres, particularly within the UMe roster.
  • Exceptional communication skills. Must be extremely effective at clearly communicating eCommerce customer activation & retention concepts to diverse audiences ranging from artists to label executives.
  • Natural collaborator. Must be willing to set ego aside for the good of the team and our artists and labels.
  • Must have a service mindset; experience in client or central services is a major plus
  • Ability to stay calm and collected under pressure, and to be accountable for meeting deadlines.
  • Extremely organized and comfortable streamlining many moving parts. Comfortable juggling multiple high priority projects simultaneously.
  • Strong attention to detail; must be extremely detail-oriented.
  • Flexible and able to adapt to changing needs in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong critical thinking skills and an ability to make informed decisions based on data.
  • Experience in the entertainment industry preferred, but not required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly PowerPoint) and Mac OS.
  • Experience with Shopify is a plus.
  • Basic Photoshop and InDesign experience is a plus.

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.