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Specialist

Christie's
Art Sales, Art Valuers and Appraisers, Auction Houses
   Location: London
   Salary: DOE
Experience: 5 years +
  Organisation: Christie's
Deadline: 02/02/2020

PRIMARY FUNCTION/POSITION SUMMARY:
Uses specialist expertise to source consignments for jewellery auctions in London, and where appropriate other sales sites. Undertakes jewellery valuations for auction, insurance and other purposes. Responsibility for increasing consignment and buying activity and ensuring a healthy pipeline of new business for the jewellery department.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS (Duties include but are not limited to the following):

  • Develop business contacts and strategic opportunities, including developing auction and private sales strategies with department head and business manager
  • Identify and maintain relationships with clients, dealers and collectors
  • Serve as member of team on business-getting efforts, working with senior department specialists
  • Function as liaison with Estates, Appraisals & Valuations, working on Tax, Insurance and Sales valuations
  • Participate in departmental hilling sessions (meetings to determine value, condition and marketability of property)
  • Catalogue lots for sale and produce condition reports
  • Use own specialist expertise (writing articles, lecturing etc.) to maintain and grow Christie’s presence in the market, grow its market awareness and create competitive advantage
  • Participate in pre-selling upcoming auctions through targeted marketing efforts
  • Participate in Telephone Bidding with clients during the auction
  • Other duties as assigned by Head of Department and Manager

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • Gemmology degree (GIA / FGA)
  • Demonstrated ability in appraising property and business-getting with high level clients
  • Demonstrated sales expertise, transactional capability, keen negotiator, ability to market to a sophisticated audience
  • Established network of private and trade clients
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in specialist field, trade or retail
  • Strong organizational skills and capability of working with a team
  • Exceptional client service skills
  • Excellent communications skills and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to travel if necessary
  • Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office preferred)
  • Ability to learn Christie’s systems including COS, JDE, intranet and website
  • Other languages would be beneficial

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