Associate Director, Business & Legal Affairs (Commercial Transactions) – New York, New York Universal Music Group

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 seeks a highly qualified attorney for the position of Associate Director in its Business & Legal Affairs department, reporting to the VP of Business & Legal Affairs in New York.
This key resource will work both collaboratively and independently with corporate/label executives, business unit leaders, and internal/external counsel to provide strategic and targeted legal advice, counsel, and representation in connection with the negotiation, drafting and management of a broad range of technology-related commercial transactions/agreements across UMG’s global footprint.
How you’ll CREATE
  • Subject matter expertise required in information technology, intellectual property (IP), direct-to-consumer (D2C), e-commerce, physical supply chain, and other general transactions relating specifically to the requirements of a global major recorded music and media corporation;
  • Experience drafting and negotiating the following commercial transactions/agreement types (amongst others):
    • Technology transactions, including master/main service agreements, SOWs, software licensing (including term-based and perpetual models, support/maintenance, service levels); cloud-based subscription models (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.); IP licensing and purchase agreements, metaverse/NFT transactions; social media marketing/influencer agreements, etc.;
    • E-commerce/D2C and supply chain agreements, including platform deals, physical product(s) and merchandise manufacturing/distribution (vinyl, CD, printed goods, autographed products/memorabilia, other physical goods); warehousing, fulfilment, payment processing, and shipping/logistics agreements; a working knowledge of FTC/consumer protection guidelines a definite plus;
    • Other various/typical corporate transactions/agreements, including non-disclosures, term extensions/renewals, terminations, amendments, trial agreements, commercial/operational addenda (including information security, privacy/compliance, insurance requirements, etc.); master/main consulting/professional services agreements, terms of use/end-user license agreements.
  • Conduct/manage legal and business-based risk assessments across multiple cross-functional teams, and effectively communicate guidance to key stakeholders;
  • Prior management of external counsel engagements is a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently manage a high-volume of legal transactions, in a fast-moving, ever-changing environment;
  • Experience managing/creating contract templates, clause libraries, and team collaboration/organizational tools (, MS SharePoint, etc.) is a definite plus;
  • Genuine interest in IT, music, and technology.
Bring your VIBE:
  • 2+ years in-house and/or comparable law firm experience, in the software/entertainment/media/major record label space – this is not an entry-level position;
  • Strong preference is for a pragmatic and capable attorney with demonstrated transactional expertise, with a robust, working knowledge of the IT/technology/D2C/e-commerce space.
  • J.D. required;
  • Admission to the New York or California State Bar, in good standing
Perks Playlist:
  • Be part of an entrepreneurial, global organization that values authenticity, drive, creativity, relationships, and a competitive spirit
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and FSA options, as well as:
    • 100% coverage for out-patient mental health services
    • Wellbeing reimbursements for fitness classes, spa treatments, meal services, travel, and so much more (up to $720/year)
    • A lifetime fertility support allowance of $30,000 to plan participants
    • Student Loan Repayment Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
    • 100% immediately vested 401(k) match on the first 5% of your contribution on eligible compensation
  • Variety of ways to prioritize much-needed time away from work including:
    • Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) for exempt employees
    • 3-weeks PTO for non-exempt employees
    • 2-weeks paid Winter Break
    • 10 Paid Holidays (including Juneteenth and Wellbeing Day)
    • Summer Fridays (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
    • Generous paid parental leave for every type of parent
Disclaimer: This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change.
All UMG employees are currently required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of a negative PCR or Antigen test before entering any Company offices unless they have been approved for an exemption or unless prohibited by applicable law.

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Job Category:

Business & Legal Affairs

Salary Range:

$87,363.00 – $148,217.14

The actual base salary offered depends on a variety of factors, which may include, as applicable, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, specific and unique skills, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job. All candidates are encouraged to apply.