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Cataloguer & Sale Coordinator (TEMP) – Arabic Speaking
Cataloguer & Sale Coordinator (TEMP) - Arabic Speaking
Post Date: 29 May 2022


The Role

The role is divided between cataloguing Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern property working closely with specialist teams (across Dubai and London) and the coordination and project management of online and live auctions by monitoring and tracking all activities and elements related to incoming property and consignors. Spoken and written Arabic essential.

Specific duties & responsibilities will include but are not limited to


  • Research property for bibliography, provenance and exhibition history using libraries, on-line databases, the internet, and outside experts (such as curators, dealers, publishers, etc.).
  • Complete expertise research for property confirming its authenticity and to flag any authenticity concerns and condition issues in timely manner to Head of Sale.
  • Catalogue property for auctions using methods listed above in complete and proofed Christie’s format.
  • Handle, inspect and/or take photographs of works of art for appraisal and consignment.
  • Contribute to writing and essays for catalogue.
  • Prepare property for hilling sessions (to determine value, condition and marketability of property); and update cataloguing accordingly after hilling sessions.
  • Assist clients in galleries during preview weekends and sale weeks.
  • Assist with catalogue production where needed.
  • Coordinate photography, restoration, copyright approval.
  • Maintain sale images in media library (monitor progress, liaise with photo studio on missing images, deadline constraints).
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager.
  • Assistance with appraisals – liaison between Estates, Appraisals & Valuations and department

Sale Coordination:

  • The Sale Coordinator manages the catalogue production process, all sale related deadlines and manages client paperwork and charges and ensure they are accurately reflected in Christie’s systems.
  • Liaise with clients as needed for all consignment related information, details, and issues.
  • Manage seller agreement and stock order creation.
  • Manage and track status of consignment paperwork to ensure compliance requirements are met and required records are maintained/
  • Manage shipping requests, including client approvals, export licenses, and scheduling.
  • Manage Framing and Restoration needs for sale including quote requests, client communications, status of service requested and related client charges.
  • Manage Property Movement: Request and track site transfers, local transfers, temp releases, transfer to third party, and hand carries, and provide appropriate information to central support group as required.
  • Manage and track client charges including all requests for creation through central support group and regular review of system data to ensure accurate reporting.
  • Track and ensure execution of seller marketing promises.
  • Manage reserve amendments and ensure relevant pre-sale documentation is sent to client.
  • Manage sale activities including client views, condition report dispatch, bids.
  • Oversee settlement of sales for final review with Business Manager.
  • Prepare information for handoff to Post-sale Service team.
  • Convey approved post-sale item action to Post-sale Service team for execution.
  • Work with Operations and Sale Coordinators to ensure regular stock management, including implementing an BI actions system.
  • Other duties as assigned by BM and RMD.

The Candidate

  • Strong spoken and written Arabic essential.
  • Additional European languages preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art category preferred, or equivalent work experience.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrable paid experience in the Arts.
  • Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office).
  • Ability to learn Christie’s systems including JDE, COS/Siebel, Canvas, intranet and website.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including written and spoken.
  • Superior client service skills and problem solving.
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail.

Closing Date: 12th June 2022


London. UK

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