The art of the perfect fit

Furniture Saleroom Manager, Cataloguer & Junior Valuer

Posted: 08.04.2021
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Negotiable
Location: London, UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

We are seeking a diligent, enthusiastic and passionate person to join the furniture department of a growing London auction house. The role is Saleroom Manager and Cataloguer/Junior valuer. This is a full-time position and based in-house within the auction rooms.

Overview & Responsibilities

To catalogue and manage the furniture sections of the bi-monthly Traditional & Modern Home auctions, the tri-annual Fine & Decorative auctions, to provide in house valuations to clients in person and by email, and to oversee the management and organisation of the furniture saleroom and incoming deliveries.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Cataloguing & Valuing
  • Cataloguing furniture lots
  • Undertaking valuations in the auction house and by email
  • Writing catalogue notes
  • Conducting condition reports
  • Managing the photography for the furniture sections of auctions
  • Adhering to deadlines
  • Proof reading
  • Curating the order of the auction
  • Liaising with clients regarding pre and post-sale enquiries

Saleroom Duties and Management:

  • Daily manual handling of heavy furniture
  • Receiving and managing incoming deliveries including checking off against contracts
  • Managing the logistics of inhouse and offsite furniture storage areas to ensure smooth stock rotation and careful handling of goods
  • Assisting to prepare the auction room for viewings and ensure lotting up is completed on time
  • Helping to set the auction room up for sales
  • Managing re-entries of unsold lots
  • Internet clerking for auctions

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree desirable but not essential
  • Minimum 3 years experience within an auction house with a good understanding of the auction process
  • Previous furniture cataloguing and valuation experience
  • Experience in manual handling of heavy furniture
  • Ability to manage a large saleroom and warehouse and instruct other members of the team to achieve goals
  • Ability to maintain composure in a stressful environment and meet deadlines
  • Driven with a positive and can-do attitude
  • An all-round team player who is happy to contribute to assist and enable the success of the other departments
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills