The Spotify Content Licensing team is seeking a highly experienced professional to be based in its Los Angeles (preferred) or New York offices. This role will be the business affairs leader in charge of securing a global slate of original and exclusively licensed podcasts.  The ideal candidate will have 20+ years experience working with the entertainment industry and a rich background in digital content. This is a leadership position that will play a central role in helping Spotify achieve its vision of becoming the world’s top audio network.

What You’ll Do

  • You will manage a multi-time zone, global team tasked with securing agreements with talent agencies and production companies to create a slate of hundreds of owned and exclusively licensed podcasts.
  • You will serve as a primary negotiator for flagship deals and support your team on second tier deals.
  • You will work directly with Spotify’s Chief Content Officer and the Content leadership team.
  • Your work will significantly impact the podcast content strategy and Spotify’s efforts to grow audience and monetization.
  • Working with internal legal, accounting and other teams, you will ensure that all programs are in alignment with Spotify’s fiduciary and operational best practices.
  • You will gather data, analytics and insights from other internal groups to be applied to the development of new initiatives.

Who You Are

  • You are a superior manager with a track record of attracting and growing talent, managing a global team and managing a deal pipeline of several hundred concurrent projects.
  • You have at least twenty (20) years work experience in entertainment, with at least fifteen (15) years working on the licensing of video, audio and/or podcast content. We prefer candidates who have some experience working in a technology company.
  • You have an exceptional network of contacts in the entertainment industry, including relationships with talent agents, producers and senior industry executives.
  • You have a track record of recommending and popularizing new business models.
  • You will be a champion of Spotify’s values (Innovative, Collaborative, Sincere, Passionate, Playful) and demonstrate a Growth Mindset.
  • You are a self-starter with a commercial mindset.
  • You are a skilled negotiator willing and able to close deals, having closed multiple agreements with commitments of $20 million or more.
  • You must be familiar with the complexities related to audio, video and interactive technology, production cycles and IP rights management.
  • You have strong analytical skills and the ability to build and explain financial models.
  • You possess the ability to work in a fast-paced, all-hands-on-deck, start-up environment that requires efficient communications with cross-functional teams.
  • You deeply understand various types of intellectual property deal types (licensing, windowing, co-production, etc.).
  • You have an in-depth understanding of the roles played across the media company value chain (production companies, technology companies, talent agencies, record labels), as well as the current and emerging cross-media platforms (social, broadcast, radio, etc.)
  • You have a BA Degree. An MBA or other higher education is preferred.

You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be brilliant. So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the opportunity to enjoy and be inspired by these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 271 million users.

This job originally appeared on Spotify's website.

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