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Head of Department - Arms and Armour

Job Details

  • Posted:14th December, 2023
  • Sector:Fine Art & Gallery
  • Location:London, Greater London, United Kingdom
  • Job Ref:17112
  • Salary:Competitive Salary

We are working alongside an international and highly reputable auction house to assist in their search for a Head of Department – Arms and Armour.

Responsibilities: 

  • Lead by example and effectively oversee the Arms and Armour team to enhance team productivity
  • Provide timely support for cataloguing and production of the catalogues to fulfil printing and distribution deadlines
  • Assist with cataloguing for all sales
  • Keep in touch with collectors and those who have established collections in the Arms and Armour area
  • Ensure budgeted commission levels are reached
  • Maintain a positive relationship with trade and professional associations to help the department grow
  • Proactively seek out new business
  • Build a database of buyers and vendors
  • Make sure the department complies with all contractual obligations to buyers and vendors
  • Entertain customers when necessary
  • Oversee the department's budget and spending in a way that maximises benefits


Skills Required:

  • Demonstrated expertise in Arms and Armour and/or the auction business
  • Unrivalled knowledge of Arms and Armour, including swords, daggers, armour, pistols, muskets, militaria/uniforms, cannons etc
  • Connections with reputable dealers and collectors in the Arms and Armour market
  • The capacity to travel as needed to accomplish objectives
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and networking skills
  • IT proficient

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