Managing Producer, Media Studio

Posted Date: Sep-28-2021

Job ID: 21517

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Marketing

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: No

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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by managing a team of producers, plus independent contractors including producers, photographers, art directors, stylists, assistant stylists, and models.  This position is - in collaboration with the Senior Manager - a primary liaison between the REI creative marketing and project management team and Media Studio team, assesses upcoming project volume, assigns producers, manages resources and drives schedules and logistics for media projects.  This position cultivates a culture of creative thinking and consistently looks for ways to optimize the co-op’s investments in content.

The Managing Producer leads production for all still and video shoots, in-studio and on-location internationally and domestically and provides direction and leadership to the Media Studio team, in conjunction with the Media Studio Senior Manager. The Managing Producer establishes work priorities, fosters change in company direction, uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of challenges or opportunities in the oversight of processes, documents and expenditures. This position is an advocate for high-quality content creation and is a cultivator of community and culture within the media studio team. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission and embodies the co-op way.

  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
  • Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
  • Leads the team to operate as one cohesive and supportive unit no-matter the shoot location, place or production type (photo, video, in-studio or location)
  • Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
  • Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
  • Oversees sourcing, hiring, onboarding, training and development of a diverse set of employees and contractors directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions and recommendations to achieve company and member results
  • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
  • Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances, and issues, and takes appropriate action.
  • Stays abreast of industry trends and practices and works to continuously evolve our ways of working and expand opportunities for the co-op and keeps the creative and production teams updated and inspired by sharing the latest trends in practices and technology.
  • Proactively creates and maintains timelines, budgets and quarterly forecasts for all production activities.
  • Partners closely with the Brand Lab creative team, Project Management, Marketing Partners, Co-Op Brands and Merchandising to understand strategy, business goals, visual content needs and timelines, as well as creating a feedback loop to ensure studio teams are always delivering their best work for the business.
  • Provides oversight of the day-to-day work, both in-studio and on-location from concept to completion by managing personally or delegating to ensure the work is on brand and that production teams are able to surprise and delight partners with creative executions that lead to more content for the investment.
  • Communicates brand strategy and seasonal campaign concept to staff and independent contractors for media production to support marketing initiatives. Partners with creative teams to develop photo and video guidelines as needed for production crews to execute upon.
  • Anticipates, embraces, and responds appropriately to unanticipated changes before, during or after a shoot.
  • Negotiates contracts for locations, talent, hotels, etc. for each photo and video shoot and works with the legal team to generate vendor agreements.
  • Develops, interprets, manages and communicates budget, schedule, and key project metrics to photo team and Art Director and Sr. Manager, Media Studio.  
  • Documents all expenditures to ensure accurate reconciliation, documenting estimates vs. actuals and tracking performance of spend.
  • Resources, maintains, and supports freelance talent pool, including photographers, stylists, art directors, models and assistants for use in photo and video shoots that are able to support multiple production types both in-studio and on location.  
  • Assists in the planning and management of REI’s annual production budgets and balancing of the monthly general ledger, ensures all invoices are submitted and paid in a timely manner, prepares bid packages and reports estimates and actuals to leadership and partners as necessary.
  • Partners with MarTech team and IT partners to advance tools and systems to support and streamline production work.
  • Updates and maintains in-studio and location shoot information and timing in REI internal systems and provides visibility to partners as needed.

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 8+ years of experience of producing media shoots both on location and studio production
  • 5+ years of experience in a position demonstrating skill and capability in project and process management in a retail or advertising media studio environment.  
  • Proven ability to meet the creative and logistical challenges of planning and producing extended location shoots for both stills and video and oversight of crew
  • Proven ability to manage and supervise media production crews on location and in-studio, maintaining positive team collaboration throughout.   
  • Experience in creating and managing large media production budgets with success in adhering to them.
  • Ability to multi-task in the face of tight deadlines, and stay aware of important details
  • Excellent planning, organizational, and communication skills
  • Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
  • Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions to support the direction taken by others at REI.
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.  
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
  • Works smart by setting effective work goals, establishing priorities, and planning well in order to produce quality work.
  • Executes effectively by using resources efficiently, meeting deadlines, and keeping others informed of work plans and progress toward goals.
  • Establishes trust, inspires others and builds rapport with collaborators inside and outside the organization.
  • Acts upon opportunities and involves and influences others in the accomplishment of worthwhile organizational goals.
  • Challenges the status quo, champions change and influences others to change.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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