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Junior Specialist
Junior Specialist
Post Date: 28 May 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.

Key Objectives: To catalogue, research and co-ordinate the sales, participate business getting and assist in general day-to-day functioning of the department

Responsibilities include:

-To train under the Head of Department on cataloguing and researching items for sales:

  • Assisting the department with the research and cataloguing of properties to the highest standard according to scheduled deadlines
  • Corresponding with external experts

-Involving in all aspects of catalogue production including:

  • Ensuring that all photography for catalogues is completed within budget and in a timely manner.
  • Assisting with proof reading, paste-ups and layouts
  • Liaising with Operations Department and other support departments for catalogue production

-Dealing with day-to-day client enquiries by email and on the telephone

-Writing condition reports and responding to photo forms, estimate enquiries and general correspondence

-Assisting business getting using contacts already gained in the field and participating sweep trips. All travels and clients to be visited must obtain HoD’s pre approval and post trip debriefing must be performed with HoD every time after the trip

-Informing, discussing and agreeing with relevant KCMs, Head of regional offices and Client Development team in advance about any intended interaction and approach to managed clients and/or high net worth potential clients

-Reporting full communication about outcome with relevant KCMs, Head of regional offices and Client Development team after meeting/interacting with managed and/or high net worth potential clients

-Participating and seeking involvement in external activities relating to the industry with prior approval from HoD and/or relevant Head of regional offices

-Helping to maintain departmental archives

-Working closely with department administrator, the location and movement of property within the department. Providing pre and post sale services for consigners and buyers

-Participate in ad-hoc duties as requested, not limited to additional main and mid-season auction based duties which may include, but are not limited to, telephone bidding for multiple departments

-Operate at all times in line with corporate governance and compliance policies, practices and procedures

Skills / Competencies / Experience:

-Degree level or equivalent, History of Art field beneficial

-Previous work experience in the field of Chinese Works of Art and/or auction environment

-Excellent research skills

-The ability to work effectively individually and in a team and to ‘pitch in’ when required

-Ability to work well under pressure, and a flexible approach to a wide range of tasks

-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to an exemplary level of client service

-Self-motivated with enthusiasm to learn

-Good organisational skills with proven ability of meeting deadlines

-Some understanding of Sotheby’s and its culture, services systems, and of the auction process in general beneficial

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in English and Cantonese/or Mandarin essential. Must be able to read and write Traditional Chinese


Hong Kong

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