Senior Manager, Licensing Finance-FP&A


  • Full Time

Spotify is seeking an exceptional Senior Manager to lead the Royalties Forecasting vertical within the Licensing Finance team under FP&A. In this role, you will partner with various functions across the business to project and analyze Spotify’s royalty payments to record labels, music publishers, and collecting societies around the world. To handle the data scale and complexity of this unique area, you will leverage the team’s modern combination of Excel and code-based infrastructure to produce sophisticated forecasts that center around accuracy, scalability, flexibility, and speed. As a leader of Spotify’s FP&A organization, you will play a critical role in supporting and steering Spotify’s overall financial strategy through a combination of quantitative analysis, strategic thinking, and data-driven insights.

At Spotify, we are passionate about what we do and deliver on high-impact projects with both quality and pace through tight-knit, cross-functional teamwork. You will experience that first-hand by working closely with a distributed team of significant diversity and breadth, ranging from business owners to data scientists and everything in-between. This role is based in NYC, reports into the Head of Licensing Finance, and will manage a team of two.


What you’ll do:


  • Spearhead the quarterly royalty forecast process by building detailed projection models across all countries where Spotify is live
  • Partner with Spotify’s Licensing and Legal functions to translate the latest information around deal negotiations into consolidated P&L expectations
  • Collaborate with the Finance Data Science function to oversee testing and validation of enhancements on our Python-scripted royalty consolidation model
  • Lead the production of monthly and quarterly royalty variance analyses and its contribution to gross margin flux
  • Oversee build roadmap and calculation methodology for licensing KPI-tracking tools and business performance visualizations that enable senior management financial decision making
  • Act as the royalty / licensing conduit for ad hoc analyses and business case modeling that support Spotify’s overall business planning processes

    Who you are:


  • 10+ years of relevant financial modeling experience in a complex and data-driven business environment. Familiarity with SaaS and/or content licensing business models is a plus.
  • Advanced Excel skills with a deep understanding of model architecture, formula efficiency, pivot tables, and macros. Experience with Tableau and SQL are a plus.
  • Strong quantitative skills and business acumen, with the ability to drive projects from start to finish. We’re looking for someone who is not afraid of detail and granularity.
  • Excellent communicator with experience distilling complex information into articulate narratives that cater to wide audiences, including those who are not quantitative or technical.
  • Intellectually curious, proactive in your approach to learning and execution, and a creative problem-solver.
  • Thrives in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, with a focus on generating results and willingness to “roll up your sleeves”.
  • Experience leading and developing teams and working cross functionally across global teams

    Where you’ll be:


  • We’ve introduced Work From Anywhere to give you more options!
  • Our offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Post COVID, while we will ask you to pop into the office a few days a week, we are giving you the flexibility to work from home on some days should you choose to do so.
  • Working hours? We operate within the local (EST) timezone for collaboration 



    Spotify is an equal opportunity employer. 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 forward-thinking! 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 chance to enjoy and be passionate about 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 381 million users.
    This position is not eligible to be performed in Colorado.