Comms Planning Manager (Kansas City, MO)

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Barkley’s Comms Planning is part of Barkley’s integrated Strategy department, paired with the General Strategy and Business Intelligence teams. Your most important deliverable is ensuring that ideas flow from the brand to the audience in ways that signal a brand’s understanding of their audience and will have the greatest impact. You are equally responsible for: 1) expertly setting up queries and extracting data from tools + working with our Strategy partners to build qualitative and quantitative research opportunities 2) identifying key observations that focus on how ideas flow to consumers, exhibiting a clear understanding of how that impacts a brands’ overarching Communications Plan as well media planning, social media, CRM, PR, and brand actions. You begin to autonomously own contributions to creative briefs, and can master the one-pager Comms summary. You bring requested and proactive ideas and briefs to your team and client, and you have a role in client-facing presentations. You focus on day-to-day deliverables and present both internally and sometimes to clients.You will report to either a senior manager, director or VP, depending on the book of business.

You May be Right for this Role If

  • You are a systems thinker: You understand the co-dependencies of all channels and communications 
  • You are always curious and get excited about how everyday things and how media delivery channels can become ideas 
  • You look beyond messaging; Your focus is often on demonstrating brand POVs via channel and platform creative opportunities
  • You use research as a springboard for creative manifestations of ideas; flowing these ideas into the real world in ways defined audiences will find engaging and exciting
  • You like to take a microscope to audiences and go deep on understanding how they consume and interact with brands in order to deliver prescriptive creative direction
  • You love to collaborate with brand strategists, creatives, media, and channel experts to inform and inspire how ideas live in the world
  • You've mastered a channel or specialty (media, social, email, etc) and are looking to widen your aperture to impact holistic channel strategy and integration
  • You’re inquisitive when researching and enjoy letting data lead you to conclusions
  • You are proactive and motivated with a strong sense of urgency and desire to grow


  • 2+ years of experience (agency or not) in strategy, social, PR, comms, CRM. Cross-team experience is a plus. 
  • Degree in marketing, communications, business, psychology, advertising, media, other

Job Description

Your primary emphasis will be 1) Individually and co-crafting insights as creative springboards for creative, media, and social ideas that flow from the brand to its audiences 2) In-tool research of audience behaviors

You focus on audience behaviors across all paid, owned, and earned channels and will pull and distill research into understandable insights. You will work with the larger team to turn these insights into ideas that authentically flow from the brand to the consumer in the most effective formats.

Eventually, you will demonstrate independence, autonomy, and leadership of this skill. 

Essential Duties 

  • Clearly understands where and how Comms Planning contributes across our book of business
  • Master full-suite of Comms Planning data tools. Become the expert ‘go to’ for data pulls and early insight-building as needed to assist CP’s upper management across all clients, as needed (including assisting in pitches)
  • Begin independently creating insights from data
  • Day-to-day responsibility on client projects; eager to take the first run at any comms planning ask or research collaborations
  • Contribute to sharp, insightful creative briefs, offering prescriptive ‘ways in’ to the ideas for creative teams
  • Support on new business and project work
  • Contribute to Barkley marketing activities
  • Work towards building confident and strong presentation skills
  • Forge strong integrated working relationships with internal teams and external partners
  • Co-author Barkley’s integrated Strategy artifacts 
  • Develop and own channel/comms ideas 
  • Contribute to Barkley’s internal marketing efforts

At Barkley, the health and safety of our partners is our number one priority.
  • As part of our pre-employment process, all offers of employment (including temporary and contractors) are contingent upon candidates providing proof of vaccination against Covid-19. Individuals seeking accommodation due to a disability/medical reason or sincerely held religious beliefs/practices that prevent vaccination against Covid-19 may request an exemption and participate in our interactive review process.
Barkley’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • We believe being radically diverse and inclusive is the key to becoming one of the world’s great creative idea companies. By embracing everything that makes our partners who they are and what makes them unique to the world around them, we create the conditions and capacity to help creative, original thinking thrive. 
  • Barkley is committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging as part of our corporate strategic goals, supported by a formal DEI+B program, Employee Resource Groups, Director of Diversity leadership and agency commitment to The Brand Lab. 
More Information on Barkley
Barkley operates in the AdTech industry. The company is located in Kansas City, MO. Barkley was founded in 1964. It has 586 total employees. To see all 43 open jobs at Barkley, click here.
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