Brand Design Coordinator - Contract Position



In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 60 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. The Portillo’s brand also includes Barnelli’s restaurants that serve award-winning ribs, pastas with homemade sauces, and fresh salads. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.

Position Details

Brand Design Coordinator - Contract Position
Northern Illinois
Oak Brook, IL


Marketing at Portillo’s is unlike marketing anywhere else. We have been a beloved brand with die-hard fans since Founder Dick Portillo opened his first hot dog stand in 1963. When we open new restaurants, our fans stand in long lines just to be the first to sample their favorites from our menu. We believe that the best marketing is done when we keep our hearts close to our Portillo’s values – family, greatness, energy, and fun.

As our Brand Design Coordinator your job is to bring the brand of Portillo’s to life through ideation, designing, and production. Your primary role will be to tackle print and digital projects for our internal and guest-facing needs as a member of our in-house Creative team. You will collaborate with our Marketing Coordinator, food stylists, professional photographers, and video producers to make a real impact on building the Portillo’s brand. Above all else, you will do what needs to be done – and you’ll have fun doing it.

This contracted role will last 6 months and will require you to occasionally visit the Restaurant Support Center in Oak Brook, IL and various off-site locations throughout the Chicagoland area.


  • Support daily print and digital graphic design initiatives from ideation and execution to exporting and archiving. Projects will include merchandising, email, web, advertising, packaging, social media, and field marketing
  • Assist with photo shoots and motion graphics for Merchandising and social media needs
  • Refine and help develop internal documents using the company’s brand guidelines.
  • Research new design trends and apply them to projects
  • Participate in brainstorms and project meetings with the Ever Creative team and Marketing team
  • Support the Marketing Coordinator in production coordination and maintaining asset inventory.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Brand Design Specialist


  • A genuine love for Portillo’s
  • A portfolio of design work that demonstrates your creative vision and design execution skills
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design or related field
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite required, particularly Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. 
  • Knowledge of Adobe After Effects or other motion graphics experience is a bonus
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively in order to solve design challenges
  • A creative spirit with an organized mindset
  • Illustration, storyboarding, and photography skills are a bonus
  • Videography and social media skills are a bonus
  • Previous work as a Portillo’s restaurant crew member is a bonus

DURATION: 6 months: October 2020-March 2021.

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