Manager, Rights Management

  • Kobalt
  • London, UK
  • Sep 12, 2019
Full time Licensing Royalties

Job Description

We’re seeking an experienced Rights Manager to join the growing AWAL team. Reporting to the Senior Manager, Rights Management, this role sits within the global Digital Operations & Supply Chain function and 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 a good understanding 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. It’s extremely helpful if you 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.


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.


  • Monitor content deliveries to UGC platforms and ensure AWAL repertoire is successfully ingested and monetised
  • Interface with other labels and distributors to resolve issues around ownership and availability
  • Manage the operational relationships with a selection of our digital partners, with a focus on UGC
  • Handle business requests for rights and policy updates
  • Track and resolve copyright infringement and streaming abuse cases that pertain to AWAL repertoire across all digital platforms
  • Own service-level documentation and internal best practice guidelines for select UGC platforms
  • Identify opportunities for workflow improvements, partnering with Product & Tech where relevant to implement supporting tools


  • At least three years’ experience in a Digital Operations, Supply Chain or Rights Administration role working with user generated content platforms,or similar at a relevant DSP
  • Good relationship management skills, with the ability to interface between partners, internal client-facing teams and artist, manager or label clients
  • Team player with a customer-focussed approach
  • Awareness of digital metadata standards and style guides
  • Ability to communicate technical information clearly to a non-technical audience
  • Experience with reviewing and troubleshooting XML in DDEX ERN format
  • Familiarity with workflows and industry norms around copyright infringement and streaming abuse
  • Expertise with Google Suite, especially Google Sheets, is preferred
  • Bonus points for experience with the YouTube CMS, API or an understanding of MCN best practices

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:


  • 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


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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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.


REGULAR STAFF SOCIALS | Including seasonal social events and parties.


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


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

CYCLE TO WORK SCHEME | In partnership with Evans Cycles.