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Music is incredible. It can excite hundreds, and unite thousands. But as an industry, it has been slow, complicated, and disparate. While the tech world has moved into the future, the music industry continues to be shaped by inefficient systems of the past. At Utopia we believe there is a better way. Which is why today we are setting out to transform the entire industry; creating new revenue streams, consolidating the data and decluttering the admin. Unlocking the industry’s full potential by unifying it all in one truly holistic space. Some might call that a Utopia.
Funnily enough, so do we. Welcome to Utopia. Where music lives.
WHAT UTOPIANS DO
The open secret is that the music industry is struggling with the very basics of music accounting: What was played, when and where? Who should get paid and how much?
Utopia Music is bridging the data gap by connecting global consumption, accurate metadata, and fast payments to an industry-wide trust platform. Our goal is to unlock creative value and enable Fair Pay For Every Play to make a better world for Music. The solutions we offer do not threaten to usurp the role of industry incumbents - it is about bringing transparency in the industry and supporting efficient royalty collection for all. THE ROLE
Utopia Music's Interim Financial Reporting Specialist will shape the finance function to become a truly digitized, agile and forward-thinking organization. You will focus on the monthly financial reporting of our subsidiaries and will onboard, integrate and streamline newly acquired companies and ensure the common set of Utopia guidelines and policies are applied across all companies.
You will be flexible to initially work in an unstructured environment where processes still have to be set up. You will be working on all levels, including nuts and bolts accounting until we grow the team. You will need to be innovative and recognize that the way we worked yesterday will not be the way we work tomorrow, use analytics in your decision making and seek to digitalize the function where possible. Attention to inclusion and diversity is a given. We bring transparency, fairness and efficiency to the music industry, and that is also what we value in our way of working.
This is a temporary role of up to 6 months and is based at Utopia`s global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. This position will report to the Head of Finance.
Reporting to the Head of Finance and the M&A Integration Director
Local finance teams at acquired companies
International Utopia business units and entities
Remote accounting contacts
External stakeholders (audit, tax, legal)
Support the Head of Finance with the consolidation of Utopia`s multiple entities
Responsibility responsible for driving standardization and controls for all Finance and Accounting matters
Implementation of and compliance with our Internal Control System (ICS) and accounting policies
Transaction Support: participate in financial and tax due diligence, manage financial aspects of deal structuring
Obtain a profound understanding of financial accounts, systems and processes of the acquired entities
Onboarding, integrating and streamlining newly acquired companies into the Utopia financial landscape
Project management/ coordination of our ERP implementation: Organisation of deliverables and track deadlines
Lead on the development of financial controls whilst streamlining processes within the finance function and cross functional
Participation on finance projects
Bsc/Msc in Finance / Accounting
5-7 years of proven and professional experience in accounting and financial reporting on a senior level
Availability to travel internationally up to 60% is a must
Experience in ERP implementations, experience with global ERP solutions
Proven track record of establishing and optimizing scalable finance structures and processes in a high growth environment
Experience in a fast-paced environment with limited structure and resources, preferably in the Tech sector and start-up environment
Knowledge of Swiss standards (SCO/FER) and IFRS
International mindset - we are a very international bunch
Deadline-oriented and an ability to deal with time constraints
Excellent communication skills (verbally and written) in English, additional language skills are considered a plus
Great passion and multiple years of practical experience in international financial accounting & reporting (IFRS / GAAP / general accounting)
Deep accounting domain expertise and ability to lead the function and make the right trade-offs
Tech savvy, strong IT skills. You build, shape and own the systems environment. You really need to have experience with and love for ERP implementations
Highly analytical and numerical with ability to execute
Strategic, yet very hands-on. In a scaling start-up it is all hands on deck!
Selfstarter, forward-thinking, goal oriented and confident to act and work autonomously
WHAT WE OFFER
Great atmosphere - we live, love & breathe music & tech!
Working in an impact oriented team and inclusive company culture.
An experienced team to learn from, with proven track records in multiple startups and big tech companies.
Our flexible remote policy provides Utopians the freedom to work either from one of our inspiring offices or from home.
We celebrate being an international and multicultural company.
Competitive benefits; packages depend on location. You’ll be given more details on this during the interview process.
Currently, we are only recruiting within Switzerland for this role.
THE HIRING PROCESS
You send us your CV in English
We invite you for an introductory video call to get to know you better and share more about us.
Interview with Head of Finance
Interview with M&A Integration Director
As we want to bring transparency, trust, and clarity to the music industry we serve, we know a change comes from within. Utopia is a transparent, trust-based organization striving to have clarity in thinking and doing what we set out to do.
We execute urgently and innovate to grow faster. We ship things that make a difference today, so we can make them better tomorrow. We embrace fairness and are all accountable.
Strictly diverse and inclusive. We are an equal opportunity employer.
We celebrate our diverse backgrounds and we welcome everyone who identifies with the above to apply. Welcome to Utopia - Where Music Lives!
At the Stockholm office we have a ping pong table and a gym in the basement and people are encouraged to use them both. We also have a generous wellness grant for anyone who prefer to do other things.
☕️ Breakfast every morning
Every morning we gather around the bar for breakfast. It is of course voluntary but the coffee is great.
👾 A bunch of nerds
We love what we do and we do what we love. So there will be a lot of interesting discussions going on about pretty much anything connected to music or tech and a lot of Star Wars references to acompany those.
🏰 A little here and a little there
We love to work together. Where exactly that is at the moment is less important.
Work @ Utopia
Do you like to work in teams with a lot of individual responsibility? Yes, we know it sound cliché but this is also how it actually is.
Every morning after breakfast we gather in our teams to plan the day, assign tasks to kickstart the days. Agile, fast and inventive is how we like it. That also gives us room to pair up or hold a workshop if we need help in finding the best solution.
A helping hand and a good coffee might just be what we need to get things done.
About Utopia Music
Utopia exists for the love of music. A deep rooted belief that success in innovating an entire industry can only be achieved by looking holistically at the music industry value chain. By leveraging modern technologies we are developing a new music ecosystem. We want to help everyone from PROs to Publishers, Artists to A&R by creating new revenue streams, consolidating data and decluttering the admin.
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