Associate Creative Director

  • Universal Music Group
  • Kings Cross, London
  • Jun 21, 2024
Full time

Job Description

Music is Universal
It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us the world’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

Music is Universal

The A Side: A Day in The Life

Universal Music Group for Brands seeks an Associate Creative Director in our UK office who can generate creative campaigns and build content stories on any platform that drives engagement. They have their finger on the pulse of innovative trends in digital marketing. A conceptual thinker who has pitched, developed, and launched integrated 360 campaigns for various well-known brands. Also, they excel at building cross-functional partner and team relationships in a fast-paced and innovative organization like ours.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Creative

  • Act as a creative lead on developing innovative marketing experiences that deliver business and cultural impact to brands across existing and emerging platforms
  • Support all concepts with visually compelling pitch decks and verbally communicate how the creative vision will help achieve business goals both internally and to clients

Be Collaborative

  • Help facilitate or lead global brainstorming with creative, sales, or client teams
  • Lead by example to help team members develop strategic creative concepts locally, regionally, and globally
  • Drive deep collaboration with internal partners, clients, and external vendors
  • Ability to establish client relationships and act as a creative leader
  • Maintain momentum around creative concepts as a core part of the team responsible for bringing them into the world

Be Operational

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while ensuring the team meets deadlines
  • Experience in the development, budgeting, and execution of a range of content executions, from live experiences to branded content

Be Commercial

  • Stay current with creative trends and the competitive landscape to inspire and motivate the wider team and our markets
  • Exceptional design aesthetic, ensuring all creative output adheres to brand and artist standards

Person Specification

  • A proven track record of working for an agency or similar
  • Able to demonstrate originality and innovation with an award-worthy portfolio of work for various well-known brands
  • Excellent copywriting and design skills are used to communicate concepts effectively, delivering exceptional pitch proposals that get results
  • Ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills and organize, motivate, and improve the creative output of those around you while accepting creative decisions from upper management
  • A positive and collaborative team member who works well with others within short time frames
  • Experience collaborating with motion designers, technologists, live production teams, product designers, and vendors to seamlessly execute projects – with a clear understanding of budgeting and scheduling
  • Able to take the initiative and proactively come to the table with new ideas to push forward the creative work for clients and strengthen market relationships
  • Solid organizational skills, hit deadlines, and multitasking
  • Ability to contribute to the UMG FOR BRANDS team's culture and participate in activities that foster team spirit
  • Strong knowledge and experience with key ‘presentation’ programs. PowerPoint (occasionally Keynote) and design tools such as Photoshop/In Design or similar
  •  An evident love for music

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.

Job Category:

Creative, Design & Production