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Head of Department - Photographs

Job Description

Alchemy is delighted to be partnering with a world-renowned international auction house in their search for Head of Photographs. This is a senior leadership position for their New York-based team of professionals. Our client combines years of exemplary service and a sterling reputation as a leading international auction house with state-of-the-art facilities and forward-thinking digital innovation. They are continuing to invest heavily in both their technology and their people as part of their commitment to the auction house of choice for Fine Art and Jewellery.
This senior leadership role is a fantastic opportunity for an expert in Photography to join one of the world’s best-known and well-respected auction houses.
Responsibilities:

  • Manage develop and grow the Photography department across the US, including department strategy, budgets, developing long-term plans and staff management.
  • Aid with cataloguing and catalogues preparation in a timely fashion to meet printing 
  • and distribution deadlines.
  • Maintain positive working relationship with industry and professional organisations to aid the department's progress.
  • Responsible for 2 “A sales “Team members in New York and Los Angeles.
  • Participate in auctions and selling exhibitions globally, actively locate buyers for consigned lots.
  • Meeting or Exceeding Budgeted Commission Levels.
  • Staying in touch with collectors and individuals who possess well-known collections in the area.
  • Participate in networking events, client facing projects and buyer focussed events that will boost the profile and sales of the department.
  • Develop excellent relationships with clients and ensure the department provides exemplary service in line with contractual obligations.

Your Profile:

  • Solid experience in Photography
  • Significant auction industry experience, preferably at a leading auction house
  • Ability to successfully manage and develop a team.
  • Ability to meet strict deadlines and prioritize workload.
  • Established active network of collectors and dealers in the photographs field.
  • Highly professional approach and Excellent communication when working with clients.
  • Tech-savvy and able to stay up to date with digital advancements.
  • Happy to travel internationally as required.