We’re seeking an experienced Rights Manager to manage our Rights Management team within AWAL’s global Digital Operations & Supply Chain function. This team is responsible for ensuring our clients’ repertoire is set up and correctly monetised across the various UGC platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Dubset and Mixcloud. The successful candidate should have deep knowledge of the user generated content landscape and an ability to communicate its complexities to a non-technical audience. The role will need to interface regularly with a variety of colleagues across the global AWAL business and be comfortable engaging directly with select artist, management and label clients around time sensitive and high priority issues. You should also have experience managing operational relationships, familiarity with copyright infringement workflows across audio and video platforms, working with DDEX standards and operating as part of a global support team servicing colleagues in different timezones.

BACKGROUND

Founded in 2000 by Willard Ahdritz, Kobalt is creating the music company of the future. Kobalt is a global music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Kobalt have built the technology infrastructure to enable better reporting and for artists to maintain ownership and control over how their work is distributed, tracked, collected, and monetized.  This global technology platform is able to track and collect royalties for the billions of micro-payments per song in digital music today.

This is an established yet fast growing creator-centric company of artists including Lauv, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tom Misch, Rex Orange County, Little Simz, Gerry Cinnamon, Bruno Major and more.

We’re currently 650 people based across 13 offices and we’re still growing.

WHAT DOES A SENIOR MANAGER, RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AT KOBALT DO?

  • Monitor content deliveries to UGC platforms and ensure AWAL repertoire is successfully ingested and monetised.
  • Manage and mentor Rights Management team members.
  • Lead the operational relationships with a selection of our digital partners, with a focus on YouTube.
  • Interface and build relationships with other labels and distributors to resolve issues around content ownership and availability.
  • Handle business requests for rights and policy updates.
  • Own service-level documentation and internal best practice guidelines for Rights Management area.
  • Identify opportunities for workflow improvements, partnering with Product & Tech where relevant to implement supporting tools.
  • Liaise with Business Affairs and Global Digital Partnerships teams regarding on-boarding of new UGC partners and associated processes

WHAT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?  

  • At least five years’ experience in a Digital Operations, Supply Chain or Rights Administration role working with user generated content platforms (especially YouTube), or similar experience at a relevant DSP
  • Advanced relationship management skills, with the ability to interface between partners, internal client-facing teams and artist, manager or label clients
  • Deep expertise with using YouTube CMS to resolve rights conflicts, manage claims at scale and administer channels
  • Advanced knowledge of digital copyright issues
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly to a non-technical audience.
  • Strong leader with a customer-focussed approach
  • Experience developing junior staff members
  • Good understanding of digital metadata standards and style guides
  • Experience with reviewing and troubleshooting XML in DDEX ERN format
  • Expertise with Google Suite, especially Google Sheets, is preferred

Recent Awards/Recognitions:

2018 Financial Times Boldness in Business – Drivers of Change Nominee

2018 Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Music

2017 Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Music

2017 Music Week Publisher of the Year

Recent press:

AWAL x Forbes

AWAL x Billboard

Music Week - The Music Industry’s Best Friend 

Music Business Worldwide – “We are Building for the Future of the Music Business

Economist - Disrupters 

Check out our blog:

https://www.kobaltmusic.com/blog

SPECIFICS

  • Based at River Building, Cannon Street, London EC4R 3TE
  • Hours are 37.5 hours per week. Generally, these are taken between 9.30-6 with 1 hour for lunch but amendments to these hours can be agreed on a case by case basis with line manager approval

www.kobaltmusic.com/careers

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Verification checks will be conducted during the interview process and a full DBS check on acceptance of offer. Kobalt is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. 

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KOBALT MUSIC GROUP BENEFITS FROM DAY ONE

ANNUAL LEAVE | Contractually 25 days, however Kobalt closes its offices for the 3 days between Christmas and New Year’s when staff contribute 1 day.

LIFE ASSURANCE | Equal to four (4) times base salary.

TRAVEL INSURANCE | Business travel insurance cover.

INCOME PROTECTION | Covers up to 75% of base salary up to the age of 65.

GYM MEMBERSHIP | Corporate rates available at Nuffield Health and Fitness First. Kobalt will subsidise £45.00 gross per month towards your corporate gym membership if your membership is processed through company payroll.

INTEREST FREE SEASON TICKET LOAN SCHEME | Eligible after 1-month continuous service. Loans deducted from net pay over a 12-month period.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT | As part of your ongoing learning and development you will have access to a range of tools and courses appropriate to your role and career goals. These include, but are not limited to; Udemy for Business and Bookboon E-library.

EYECARE | Full eye test provided at a range of opticians through a voucher scheme.

WELLBEING | Wellbeing Hub and Employee Assistance Programme.

FRESH FRUIT AND CEREAL AVAILABLE DAILY 

REGULAR STAFF SOCIALS | Including seasonal social events and parties.

POST PROBATIONARY PERIOD BENEFITS

PENSION | Kobalt’s salary exchange pension scheme with Aviva provides the benefit of a company matched pension contribution up to 5%, subject to eligibility.

PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE | Managed through AVIVA.

TRAVEL INSURANCE | Both individual or family cover for personal holiday travel insurance.

CYCLE TO WORK SCHEME | In partnership with Evans Cycles.

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