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Expired Vacancy
Private Sales Service Centre Manager

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   Location: London
   Salary: On application
Experience: Mid-Level
Deadline: 22 June 2018

Please note that this vacancy has expired and you can no longer apply.

Department Overview

The Client Accounting department consists of two teams: Private Sales and Auctions. Both teams manage all the payments received and payable for either private sales or auction sales of high value art between Christies and our clients. This vacancy leads our Private Sales team.
Position Summary: 
This is a fantastic opportunity to join Christies in a finance/customer service management role. You will be a strong manager focused on improving effectiveness and efficiency and dedicated to developing the talent within your team. You may currently be a finance or customer services manager looking to develop your career and join a global organisation within the art industry.  You do not need to be a qualified accountant, only to have good working knowledge of accounts payable and accounts receivable. We are happy to cross train if you are from another industry.
You will be overseeing a global team of dedicated professionals who manage the day to day processing of our private sales. You will be liaising with internal specialist departments, our sales and auction teams, and of course our prestigious clients. You will ensure a seamless and effective service to our stakeholders underpinned by proper governance, accuracy and the ability to meet deadlines.  You will help the team to resolve problems and provide a fantastic client service in line with Christies values and ways of working.  You will also be working in collaboration with the Auctions Service Centre Manager.Client Account Managers who are responsible for overseeing the auction sales.
Key Responsibilities
Validating and verifying private sales transactions to ensure legal compliance:
  • Christie’s has the legal right to consideration;
  • Transacting with the vendor and/or buyer does not place unnecessary risk on Christie’s
  • Any tax considerations have been vetted and approved
  • Any contingent issues for sale or payment have been addressed
  • The corresponding accounting entries accurately reflect the sale

Acting as the main point of contact with the all stakeholders, both internal and external to ensure correct procedures are followed and proper documentation is received for all transactions:

  • Building strong relationships with clients, specialist art departments and other key internal stakeholders
  • Ensuring payments from our client buyers and settlement to the client sellers is timely and accurate, liaising with Treasury and Cashiers to provide seamless client service
  • Maintaining a record of processed private sales, ensuring these are reconciled back to the General Ledger
  • Updating and responsible for the Private Sale Manual
  • Overseeing the revenue recognition policy and ensuring we are accurately tracking the revenue we can recognise
  • Maintaining the AR & AP ledgers for company 308.
Developing the team and managing talent:
  • Leading and managing the team
  • Providing coaching and development supported by our HR team and in-house tools
  • Recruiting and inducting new staff and Apprentices


Skills and Experience Required
  • We are seeking a great people manager who wishes to develop their career in a global, luxury branded organisation in the art industry
  • You will be keen to develop and coach your team to success
  • You will focus on constantly reviewing and improving efficiencies and effectiveness of our sytsems and processes
  • You will have strong client management relationship skills
  • You will be excellent using MS Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel and preferably JD Edwards systems or similar
  • You will have a good understanding of payment processes and the ability to understand accounts payable and accounts receiveablereceivable
  • You will be a natural problem solver and solutions focused
  • You will be naturally organised, self motivated, able to work under pressure and meet deadlines


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