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Administrator, Decorative Arts

Job details

4 Feb 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Design, Management & Admin


Webb’s is New Zealand’s premier multi-department auction house. Our team of specialists offer industry leading service and expertise in Art, Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia, Decorative & Asian Arts, Jewels, Watches & Luxury Accessories, and Fine Wines & Whiskies. We are committed to promoting outstanding collectibles and achieving excellent results at auction.

Established in 1976, Webb’s has a long and rich history. Founder Peter Webb was a pioneering entrepreneur, establishing and defining markets in art, antiques and collectibles. This powerful legacy motivates us to be the best, most innovative, and most trusted auction house in Aotearoa today.

Our team are dedicated, passionate, and fully committed to achieving outstanding results across the business. Raising the bar at every step is our modus operandi.

This approach continues to bring success and growth. An opportunity has arisen for an excellent candidate to join us in the capacity of Administrator within our Decorative Arts department.

The Decorative Art auctions cover a wide array of periods and styles from early-European antiques to mid-century design. This role will suit an organised and experienced admin professional with a background and or demonstrated interest in Art and Design. The key to this role, will be the ability to develop strong relationships to assist in continuing to grow the Decorative Arts portfolio.

The Role

  • Assisting the Department with all administrative processes for the company which includes some of the following: 
  • Liaising with vendors/clients regarding arrival of stock for sale and return of goods if unsold
  • Managing and maintaining departmental contracting (Agent Agreements) Managing property flow and stock control procedures
  • Ensuring that all stock is immediately unpacked, labelled & photographed on arrival
  • Assisting Specialists/Consultants with cataloguing of items (both on and off-site)
  • Assisting the Photographer with the identification of stock to be shot for both printed and online catalogues
  • Managing all inward and outward freight including liaising with vendors/clients
  • Assisting the Senior Decorative Arts team with all marketing materials
  • Ensuring departmental catalogues and other marketing materials are uploaded to live bidding platforms
  • Auction / venue set-up including installation and lotting
  • Managing condition report requests
  • Assisting with Auctions re: viewing, telephone bidding and live bidding platforms

Desirable Attributes

  • A demonstrated interest or previous working experience within Art and Design
  • A high level of administration experience
  • Full Drivers Licence (required for the role)
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Organisational skills, ability to meet tight deadlines
  • IT: Word, Excel
  • Able to undertake physical elements of the role including lifting and handling of decorative art pieces - some of which can be heavy

This is a full-time position, and due to the nature of our business, may require some weekend work therefore flexibility is required.

You must have Legal right to work and live in NZ.


How to apply

To express your interest in this role, please submit your resume and cover letter by close of business Friday 4th February 2022.

Maree Judd

M Judd Consulting Ltd

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18 Jan 2022