The art of the perfect fit

Porter, Auction House

Posted: 21.01.2022
Contract Type: Full-time
Job Type: Permanent
Pay: Dependent on experience
Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK
Tenure: Permanent
Job description:

Our client is looking for a Porter for their busy auction room in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Prior experience in an auction room is not essential, and this role would suit anyone interested in learning the business.

Working within the fast-paced auction environment, the successful candidate will have the ability to handle objects effectively and efficiently. This is a physically demanding role which requires a reasonable level of physical fitness. Excellent organisational skills are critical, and experience maintaining and managing stock is beneficial.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a keen interest in art and antiques. Good IT skills are a necessity, and the successful candidate will be comfortable accessing computerised systems including Microsoft Excel as needed. An interest in photography would be beneficial.

In this customer facing role, good customer service skills are critical, and the successful candidate will be both personable and helpful. They will also be observant and aware of security concerns within the context of the auction room.

Good presentation and general house-keeping skills are required to maintain the appearance of the auction room. The successful candidate will demonstrate good attention to detail in all aspects of the role, including unpacking, gallery set-up and overseeing incoming and outgoing stock.

Lastly, the successful candidate will be a team player with excellent communication skills. In this varied role, adaptability and flexibility is key. The ability to follow instruction is critical, and to work with pace and enthusiasm.

Key responsibilities:

  • Lifting and moving furniture and other objects as required
  • Maintaining and managing stock within warehouse environment
  • Liaising with administrative and valuation staff
  • Auction viewing
  • Maintaining the auction room
  • Delivery of objects to clients and couriers
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and qualifications:

  • Good standard of general education
  • Good IT skills are required, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office


  • Can-do attitude
  • Personable
  • Good communication skills
  • Keen interest in art and antiques
  • Organisation
  • Good time keeping