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Art Handler (Temporary)

Christie's
Art Logistics, Art Sales, Auction Houses
   Location: London
   Salary: DOE
Experience: Junior-Mid Level
  Organisation: Christie's
Deadline: 12/01/2020

OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:   
As a warehouse art handler, you will be involved in the safe handling, storage and transportation of all artworks through Christie’s auction process. Provide an exceptional service to Christie’s departments and clients whilst maintaining strict adherence to all policies and procedures. Construct strong working relationships with all Operations teams and external contractors through the auction process. Work within a team and individually to manage warehouses and set up auction exhibitions.

Key Responsibilities/Tasks:
(Duties include but are not limited to the following)

•    Ensure all artworks are handled effectively and professionally, giving due care and attention to their individual and collective needs. Prioritise workload, work under pressure and to deadline
•    Liaise with departments and photographers to ensure all artworks are shot for the catalogue
•    Preparing the artworks for pre-sale and liaise with saleroom manager and specialists pre-sale to ensure the sale is ready to transfer at the pre-agreed date
•    Framing and unframing paintings and works on paper, very hands on and practical approach to work with an eye for detail in dealing with very expensive and unique artworks
•    Assist saleroom art handlers with setting up of the pre-sale views, using the knowledge gained during pre-sale storage and handling to advise on specific handling and installing issues
•    Excellent computer skills, Excel, Outlook and Word proficient. Training will be given for internal inventory database
•    Logistical support for specialists, clients and external stakeholders during cataloguing and hilling sessions
•    Maintain a very high standard of cleanliness and organisation, befitting of the world’s leading art business. Responsibility for accurate location and barcode maintenance of artworks
•    Work closely with Inventory team and undertake bi annual stock checks and process/resolve any queries and old stock
•    Collection & delivery of objects from clients
•    Undertake further training to support other departments when needed, as directed by Warehouse Manager
•    Supporting the set-up of on and off site views as required

Key Skills & Competencies
•    Ideally healthy, fit, hardworking and self-motivated
•    Experience in working with paintings, works on paper and unique objects
•    Practical and hands-on approach to physical work
•    Excellent teamwork and communication skills
•    Flexibility to work additional hours and weekends on or off site
•    Awareness of Health & Safety issues
•    Strong IT skills, proficient in Outlook and Excel
•    Common sense & the ability to work under pressure and prioritise
•    Smart appearance


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