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Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art 12 month FTC
Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art 12 month FTC
Post Date: 15 Feb 2023


Bonhams is looking for a Specialist, Impressionist & Modern Art to join the team based in London.

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, and we sell in over 60 categories, including motor cars, paintings, jewellery, and entertainment memorabilia.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Business getting to fulfil the budgets set for the department’s sales in London and Paris
  • Travel internationally for business getting, valuations and assistance with sales in Paris and New York
  • Work with the team on strategies to encourage new business opportunities for the department
  • Maintain and support the ongoing development of a database of customers – both buyers and sellers – for the department
  • Maintain contact with established collectors to encourage further business with the company, either as buyers or sellers
  • Maintain contact with established trade contacts to encourage further business with the company
  • Assist the team on the production of an advertising and marketing campaign, within the budgets set, to promote the business getting and sales activities of the department
  • To satisfactorily complete, as and when required, the valuation of customer’s property both in the office and at other venues.
  • Prepare proposal documents and work on pitches for business.
  • Support the Cataloguers of the team to encourage their development and knowledge of the market
  • Researching artworks and collections and preparing academic texts to be published in the sale catalogues.
  • As and when necessary support the team to produce the catalogues to ensure timely delivery to printers
  • Assist on exhibition events worldwide as and when required
  • Maintain an awareness of our competitors’ strategies to maintain the competitive position of this department in the market
  • Mentoring the Cataloguers, in accordance with the Head of Department guidelines

Key Skills & Attributes

  • A good level of specialist expertise achieved through a previous role
  • Knowledge and genuine interest for Impressionist & Modern Art
  • Good market and trend awareness
  • Proven business acumen and valuation skills
  • A network of contacts (or) willingness to build up such a portfolio
  • Functional working knowledge of the whole auction process and related procedures (e.g. shipping regulations, VAT)
  • Flexible and receptive to change
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and oral
  • Able to work as part of team, and independently
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Degree holder or equivalent

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 send your CV and cover letter by the 1st March 2023 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.


London, United Kingdom

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