Careers

Careers with Chiswick Auctions

Thank you for your interest in Chiswick Auctions. Our colleagues are passionate about their work and the rare and unique objects they handle on a daily basis. We pride ourselves on creating a friendly and open working environment and are always in search of new talent to join our team.

With over 170 sales per year and two branches in Chiswick and South Kensington, this is an exciting time to join our fast-paced and busy auction house. We welcome career enquiries and applications and are also happy to make time for a promising intern. Please email your C.V. to Managing Director, Leigh Osborne ku.oc1511045644.snoi1511045644tcuak1511045644ciwsi1511045644hc@hg1511045644iel1511045644

View our list of specialist departments

 

Current Opportunities:

Watch Specialist 

The Watches Department is a long-established department led by Matthew Caddick. We are looking for a  specialist to work with Matthew, who is also a Director of the business and has additional responsibilities related to this role. The department currently has 4 sales a year, of 100 – 150 lots, making £100k to £150k per sale. Our ambition is to increase the value of each sale up to £250k in the short-term, with continued steady growth. This new position will make a critical contribution to this target.

Job Title:                    Specialist – Watches Department

Reports to:                 Director

Responsible for:      None

Purpose of job:        To play a key role in the consigning and cataloguing of watches at Chiswick Auctions in line with the business’s year-on-year growth objectives

Main contacts:         Internal: Director of Business Development, Managing Directors, other specialist departments, client liaison and back-of-house staff especially marketing. External: collectors, dealers, institutions, other auction houses

Contract type:         Permanent

Hours:                         Negotiable: ideally full-time but could be 3 – 4 days a week

Location:                   Based at Chiswick HQ but with frequent visits to Chiswick South Kensington

Salary:                         Dependent upon candidates’ knowledge and experience.

 

 

Areas of Responsibility
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Strategic and business development

Work with the Head of Department to:

  •  Develop business contacts and strategic opportunities, including developing auction and private sales strategies
  • Identify and maintain relationships with all client categories (collectors, dealers etc), including the ability to work with major clients in the consignments and sale of high value property
  • Liaise on material in the field with other internal Chiswick Auctions’ departments: pre-press, marketing, public relations etc.
  • Proactively research and gather information into the marketplace/trends/buying & selling patterns
  • Liaise with the Head of Department to identify and grow the client base for sourcing and selling of watches

Valuations, cataloguing, pre and post-sale responsibilities

  • Analyse and respond to incoming written, phone and photo enquiries to determine sale potential
  • Work alone and with colleagues to determine provenance, authenticity, value, condition, and marketability of property
  • Write and prepare catalogue essays, work on catalogue production and layout, as appropriate
  • Coordinate pre-sale exhibition set-up, including any displays at CSK
  • Work with buyers during sale week, including weekend exhibitions, to market and sell the sale
  • Work with the Marketing team, to help develop a coordinated marketing plan to achieve budgeted sale totals
  • Participate in telephone bidding with clients during the auction
  • Participate in the full after-sales analysis, and implement any agreed changes

General

 Ensure compliance with all internal policies and procedures and any relevant external bodies or processes

  • Participate in organization-wide meetings, activities and processes, and develop internal contacts, networks and interactions as appropriate
  • Actively participate in events, art fairs, and other functions to represent Chiswick Auctions e.g. Chiswick Lates at CSK
  • Carry out other duties as required by the Head of Department, Directors and Managing Directors

 

Person Specification

Essential skills and experience

  • Extensive experience in the field, either at auction, within the trade or at another relevant institution
  • Proven ability to develop relationships with the major collectors and dealers
  • Excellent writing skills in English, and ability to combine a scholarly understanding of the material with a commercial sense of marketing and promoting value
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills, including first class spoken English
  • Ability to work to tight auction deadlines, balancing photography, cataloguing, sale organisation, marketing and promotional details
  • Experience working with on projects of all sizes, long- and short-term; demonstrated ability to prioritise a variety of concurrent projects
  • Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook etc)
  • Ability to learn Chiswick Auctions’ systems
  • Superior client service skills
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive within a fast-paced team environment

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • A qualification relevant to watches or other precious objects