Vice President, Innovation

New York, NY

At Warner Music Group, we’re a global collective of music makers and music lovers, tech innovators and inspired entrepreneurs, game-changing creatives and passionate team members. Here, we know that each talent makes our collective bolder and brighter. We are guided by four core principles that underpin everything we do across all our diverse businesses:

  • Music is Everything: Music is our passion, and we can never get enough. Tastes, trends, and tech will change, but great artists and songwriters will always be our driving force.
  • Global Growth, Local Expertise: Music is a global language. Through communication and collaboration, our success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere.
  • Innovation and Insight: Pushing the boundaries requires the best information and the boldest imagination. We use both to create the future.
  • Empowered by People: Like the artists we serve and the music they make, our differences make us stronger. This is a place where every talent can belong and build a career.

We remain committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. We know it fosters a culture where you can truly belong, contribute, and grow. We encourage applications from people of any age, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, and any other characteristic or identity.

Consider a career at WMG and get the best of both worlds – an innovative global music company that retains the creative spirit of a nimble independent.

A little bit about our team:

The Warner Music Artist & Fan Experiences Group functions as a centralized, in-house creative agency for the Warner Recorded Music roster as well as for third party artists who need our expertise. This team is responsible growing revenue for artists by delivering impactful fan-centric experiences that shape culture. This happens through merchandise, VIP experiences,  content, collaborations, licensing, gaming and more. Turning label and artist goals into “must-have” experiences for fans.

Warner Music Artist & Fan Experiences is a global team with a simple ethos: put the Artist at the center. Our team is made up of marketers, strategists, designers, and engineers. We are creative and detail-obsessed. Above all, we are music fans - unabashed, enthusiastic music fans. We are passionate champions of our artists, and we work tirelessly to deliver for them every album cycle, every tour, every day.

We are flexible, agile and strategic. Our global sales and marketing teams provide a broad suite of expert commercial and marketing knowledge. We utilize the latest digital marketing technology, develop infrastructure and execute strategy through consumer analytics, email marketing and CRM expertise that turns the artist goals into memorable experiences for fans.

Your role:

The Vice President of Innovation identifies new products, services, and capabilities to bring to our artists, incubates and accelerates high potential opportunities, and sets winning go-to-market strategies for new offerings. 

We seek a strong innovative technologist who enjoys working with artists, has a bias for action, and is an expert in fan-centered design methodologies. This leader embodies a growth mindset, promotes a diverse and inclusive team culture, and has the ability to empower and lead people around them.  They work cross functionally and help our artists identify and scale new opportunities to connect with their fans using gaming platforms, NFTs, and emerging technologies.  They deeply understand the digital ecosystem and key business drivers.  They use their expertise in innovation and disruption to build the future.  The successful candidate will have relentless curiosity, possess excellent communication skills, thrive in a dynamic environment and have a broad range of technical, business and interpersonal skills that scale from managers to C-level executives.

 Here you’ll get to:

  • Monitor consumer trends and share insights with stakeholders - turn external insights into internal action through impactful readouts
  • Collaborate with Business Development on partner capabilities assessments to ensure product-market fit
  • Run pilot programs with select artists with the goal of finding innovative solutions with substantial impact potential on WMX
  • Develop go to market strategies to scale partnership capabilities across our artist roster
  • Brainstorm ways to leverage NFTs, gaming, and other tech platforms to drive artist campaign goals
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure successful execution
  • Quantify the value (revenue, fan engagement, earned media, etc.) delivered to our artists and the business
  • Lead a tech team inclusive of UX/UI designers and full stack developers
  • Be an innovation thought partner for artist managers and label stakeholders by acting as a trusted advisor and operating through influence
  • Host tech meet-ups with vendors, open source community and peer tech teams from music industry and other industries with the goal of sharing lessons learned, practical experiences

About you:

  • Ability to quickly learn and understand new technologies
  • A background in innovation including experience of lean start-up, design thinking, prototyping and also have solid commercial awareness.
  • Ability to keep pulse on and evaluate trends and translate into actionable recommendations
  • Proven track record developing and implementing strategies and new commercial opportunities that deliver business results
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Strong problem-solving abilities
  • Experience in the music industry is highly desirable.

We’d love it if you also had:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field preferred; or equivalent related professional experience
  • 12+ years in the tech industry, at least 3 years of experience as a senior leader managing teams

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