Careers

Calling All Collaborators

Being firm believers in egoless creative, we seek collaborators. Our agency culture and character reflect what we refer to as “Whiskey and Bananas”- the moment when “just a little bit cool” meets “just a little bit funny” (or in some cases, a lot of funny). It’s the ethos which defines our work, our culture and our people. 

Open Positions

  • Camera Operator x Editor

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    Job Summary

    Our Camera Operator x Editor will play a key role in creating and delivering engaging and inspiring video content across a range of channels. You live, eat, sleep and dream in video. You are a maker who works to elevate our client’s brands by capturing high-quality content and editing inspired brand stories.

    You have a well-developed sense of visual storytelling, are comfortable wrangling teams, talent and tech. You have a finger on the pulse of the latest trends and techniques for creating high-impact video. You are always looking for an elegant and nimble solution. You shoot with the human story in mind.

    Essential Functions & Responsibilities

    • Partner with creative and production teams in developing video assets
    • Responsible for capturing and editing video content for client and internal needs per specifications of the project
    • Bring ideas to life while working within the construct of the creative brief to deliver brand ideas on time and on budget
    • Comfortable working within a range of budgets from backyard theater to broadway productions
    • Partner with Studio Manager to align on budget parameters: production gear, locations, talent, wardrobe, props, timing and any third party partners
    • Provide creative input on initial scripts throughout the production process
    • Work closely with producers and creative teams during the review and approval process
    • Address all agency and/or client edit changes with quality output and schedule in mind
    • Archive all footage at the conclusion of each job per the internal process.
    • Maintains all equipment used
    • Owns any other duties/responsibilities assigned by supervisor
    • 3-5  years of experience working in creative environments (agencies, production, fashion, etc.)
    • Must work in the Chicago office at least three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday,  and able to travel as needed

    Education & Training

    • 3-5  years of experience working in creative environments (agencies, production, fashion, etc.)
    • Must work in the Chicago office at least three days a week, Tuesday through Thursday,  and able to travel as needed

    Required Skills, Abilities and Technical Knowledge

    • Proficiency with video cameras, basic lighting and audio equipment
    • Proficiency in Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop
    • Motion Design skills a plus but not required
    • Candidate must have excellent organizational skills, be detail oriented, able to multitask, and be a self-starter
    • Readiness to jump in and do what it takes to create high quality content
    • Cool and calm under pressure, comfortable managing to tight timelines, and diplomatic with a problem-solving attitude during stressful situations
    • Know when it’s necessary to respond quickly and comfortable pivoting as needed
    • Strong communication skills – provides frequent updates, knows when to ask questions, etc.
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  • Client Experience Supervisor

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    Job Summary

    The ideal candidate will carefully balance the art of strategic business knowledge with skillfully (and independently) managing a team to deliver large scale projects.  This team member has an in-depth knowledge of their client’s business and plays a key role in managing the relationship. They also recognize the importance of accurate and timely details with clear, concise communications and the ability to prioritize the right information to lead the team forward. This person is skilled at not only providing client feedback, but also at interpreting it for the team and distilling it to the essence of what is needed and will impact the work.

    As a leader on the team, they are highly responsive, responsible and a crucial resource for capturing and delivering information that guides the team’s day-to-day workflow. They are expected to know the minutiae of a project as well as the higher level strategic role it plays.  When asked, a team member at this level has a thoughtful POV on the business, the competition, and the client’s priorities. This team member is a manager of people who is responsible for developing talent, nurturing an individual’s career, and outlining a path for growth.

    Essential Functions & Responsibilities

    • Work closely with Director and VP/Client Experience to create a long-term plan for brand transformation and growth throughout the entire client experience
    • Embraces and sets an example in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where each team member feels they can bring their best self, be respected and seen
    • Excellent client communication that builds trust, digs for insights, and sets expectations that allow for a brand to reach its biggest possible future
    • Independently runs large projects from inception to in-market delivery, working with cross-agency teams
    • Serve as category and brand business expert to BarkleyOKRP teams
    • Accountable that all elements and deliverables from BarkleyOKRP are concepted based on the aligned strategic brief that delivers against client set objectives, timing, & budget
    • Contribute to the making of brave ideas by ideating with the team, bringing client insight, setting up correct expectations, aligning teams, connecting resource needs, and (pre)selling in the work
    • Fosters team member agency relationships to maximize integration and collaboration in service of the client’s goals
    • Supports the overall Client Experience that delivers external strategic documents like Annual Planning and 360 Scorecard or internal performance tied to financial forecasting, Whole Brand Assessment and Team Annual Huddles
    • Proactively manages team and client expectations by partnering with Project Management to identify areas of risk and opportunity
    • Identifies when to escalate any issues to senior leadership and does this in a timely manner with a problem-solving mentality
    • Keeps the team calm, focused and inspired as they work together
    • Capable of managing a direct report to guide that person in their career path and clearly identify roles and responsibilities that set that person up for success
    • Partner with Director on all financial needs and management of invoicing, POs, estimates, etc

    Education & Training

    • 6+ years of relevant brand or agency experience

    Required Skills, Abilities and Technical Knowledge

    • Excellent client communication and the ability to establish a connection with senior-level client leadership
    • Self-starter with the ability to operate both strategically and tactically in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
    • Strong collaborator with the ability to lead cross-channel initiatives with a diverse range of team members and stakeholders
    • Ability to run projects independently with minimal supervision
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; capable of effectively articulating both strategic recommendations and detailed tactical plans
    • Ability to develop trusted relationships and partner with diverse teams and mid-senior client leads
    • Demonstrated success in a cross-functional team environment
    • Ability to juggle multiple projects and clients at once, while correctly prioritizing
    • Digital experience with production and social media experience is preferred
    • Experience with tourism or hospitality preferred, but not required
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  • Production Tax Credit Manager

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    Job Summary

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Production Tax Credit Manager to join our Finance team. This is a unique opportunity to expand your career with a growing advertising agency and utilize your accounting knowledge to make a difference. Our new teammate will report directly into our EVP of Finance and be in close contact with clients of various industries and work in collaboration with internal production and finance team members.

    Essential Functions & Responsibilities

    • Lead finance and business affairs teams on full cycle process; submitting film production service tax credit applications.
    • Leads forecasting, planning, and the day-to-day aspects of the process including sourcing supporting documentation across production, payroll and accounting.
    • Identify, analyze, and quantify production tax credits.
    • Conduct and review tax research and analysis on state programs where motion picture and television productions are filmed.
    • Assist in setting, managing and meeting project deadlines.
    • Effectively plan and prioritize projects to meet business objectives and timelines.
    • Build strong client & internal relationships and provide the highest level of customer service.
    • Input and extract necessary reports in the online tax credit tracking program.

    Education & Training

    • BA/BS Degree preferably in accounting or finance, CPA preferred.
    • At least 3 years of experience in tax accounting, specifically related to production.

    Required Skills, Abilities and Technical Knowledge

    • Experience with Microsoft Excel, accounting software and ADP.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to plan, coordinate, and manage multiple activities simultaneously.
    • Ability to communicate with team members and management effectively.
    • Strong organization and prioritization skills.
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