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Bonhams

Archived: Specialist, Prints & Multiples

About Bonhams

Bonhams is a global auction house with an 18th century heritage poised for transformative change. Our global operations are based in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong where we sell in over 60 categories, including motor cars, paintings, jewellery, and entertainment memorabilia.

About the team

Our employees are passionate about their work, and we pride ourselves on our unique approach that aims to make every client feel important. It is an exciting time for our business and our Prints & Multiples team is ready to bring in a Specialist to bring energy and experience to this exciting department.

We are a growing department, with an increasingly strong presence in the market. We are 8 strong, with specialists and administrators based in Knightsbridge and New Bond Street, London and we pride ourselves on our expertise and approachability, working closely as a team.

We define teamwork as –

  • Taking accountability for outcomes
  • Identifying ways to be of assistance to others
  • Embodying collaboration and communicating clearly
  • Aligning actions to maximise the quality-of-service delivery
  • Providing data, metrics, and resources to facilitate transparency
  • Sharing opportunities for improvement

About the role

As a Specialist you will –

  • Business get for the department to fulfil the budgets set for the department sales.
  • Work with the Head of Department in New Bond Street on strategies to encourage new business opportunities for the department.
  • Value and advise Bonhams clients on the sale of their items and collections.
  • Be prepared to travel – Domestic and international to source material for sale and develop the client base.
  • Maintain and support the ongoing development of a database of customers – both buyers and sellers – for the department including keeping up-to-date record of clients’ contractual details on our internal platform A3.
  • Build and maintain contact with established collectors to encourage further business with the company, either as buyers or sellers.
  • Build and maintain contact with established trade contacts to encourage further business with the company.
  • Liaise with the Head of department on the production of an advertising and marketing campaign, within the budgets set, to promote the business getting and sales activities of the department.
  • Manage the Private Sales database and ‘wish list’.
  • In collaboration with the departmental administrator, ensure that the requirements of the clients’ contract with Bonhams are met, from consignment to final payment.
  • To satisfactorily complete, as and when required, the valuation of customer’s property both in the office and at other venues.
  • Support other members of the team to encourage their development and knowledge of the market.
  • Assist on exhibition events, either in the UK or worldwide as and when required.
  • Maintain an awareness of our competitor’s strategies to maintain the competitive position of this department in the market.
  • Promote the department through lectures and other promotional events.

About you

We’re looking for someone with previous experience within a specialist role. You will have experience preparing valuations and sourcing property for sale. You should have market awareness, with a base of clients. You should have excellent specialist knowledge of the Prints & Multiples field and be ready to share and communicate this knowledge with the members of the wider team. Auction experience is greatly welcomed, as is a positive and collaborative approach to work. We need someone self-starting and pro-active, who can work towards a common goal as part of a driven and supportive team.

Skills

  • Communication – your judgement is sound on communication content, style, and method
  • Relationship building – you are proactive and inclusive, and you inspire trust and confidence
  • Organised – you understand priorities and manage your workload methodically
  • Analytical – you apply evidence-based thinking to your rationale and decision making
  • Situational decision making – you work beyond a ‘one size fits all’ approach

Bonhams Benefits

  • 28 days annual leave (including bank holidays) increasing to 33 with service.
  • Private Health Care
  • Life Assurance
  • Health & Wellbeing Assistance Program
  • Enhanced Family Friendly Policies
  • Learning and Training Assistance Program
  • Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

If you wish to apply please your CV and cover letter to Recruitment@bonhams.com by the 28th June 2022 at midnight.

We thank you for your interest in this position but please note that we will only contact candidates chosen for further consideration.

Bonhams is an equal opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to fight for equality, we work to ensure a fair and consistent interview process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

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