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Associate Specialist
Associate Specialist
Post Date: 04 Mar 2022



Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s premier destination for art and luxury. Synonymous with innovation, Sotheby’s promotes access, connoisseurship and preservation of fine art and rare objects through auctions, private sales and retail locations. Our trusted global marketplace is supported by a network of specialists spanning 40 countries and 50 categories, which include Contemporary Art, Modern and Impressionist Art, Old Masters, Chinese Works of Art, Jewelry, Watches, Wine and Spirits, and Interiors, among many others.


Job Title:                         Associate Specialist

Department:                   Contemporary Art

Reporting to:                 Head of Day Sale, Contemporary Art

Location:                        New Bond Street

Key Objectives:              Source and sell works for the Contemporary Art Sales, demonstrating extensive knowledge, passion and commitment to the field.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervising cataloguing and researching, and any other responsibilities related to completing a sale deadline to the highest standard. These may include:
  • Cataloguing and researching items for Contemporary Art Sales.
  • Providing expertise, researching and cataloguing objects to the highest standard according to scheduled deadlines.
  • Writing scholarly catalogue entries and condition reports.
  • Assisting and co-ordinating research and authentication, both internally and with external experts.
  • Assisting with paste-ups and layouts.
  • Liaising with the necessary support departments.
  • Sourcing works for sale, including overseas travel as appropriate.
  • Ensure various marketing promises are tracked and fulfilled and liaise when appropriate with the Marketing Department.
  • Meeting sales and net profit targets for particular sales.
  • Contributing to strategic long-term business development.
  • Maintaining an exceptionally high level of client service, both internally and externally.
  • Preparing proposals, valuations and estimates.
  • Maintaining high levels of expertise and professionalism in all activities.
  • Operating at all times in accordance with the company’s rules on compliance and corporate governance.

Skills / Competencies / Experience:

  • In-depth art market knowledge and awareness, with a focus on Contemporary Art.
  • Degree holder or equivalent.
  • Proven business acumen and developed valuation skills, with a functional working knowledge of the whole auction process, procedures & systems.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team and to ‘pitch in’ when required.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and have a flexible approach to a wide range of tasks.
  • Commitment to an exemplary level of client service, strong client relationship management skills and a sensitive approach to problem solving.
  • Possess high levels of integrity and be able to operate within corporate governance and legal framework.
  • Good organisational and management skills with proven ability to work to deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English, ideally with an additional language.

Candidate Privacy Notice

The Company is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants for employment without regard to race (including, without limitation, traits historically associated with race, such as natural hair, hair texture, and protective and treated or untreated hairstyles), color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership/union status, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic predisposition, genetic information, reproductive health decision, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, alienage or citizenship status, domestic violence victim status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province or local law. The Company complies with applicable state and local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment in every jurisdiction in which it operates.


London, UK

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