Head of Department: Modern Design & Decorative Arts



To lead the development and growth of the Modern Design & Decorative Arts department; working within the department and with the general valuations team to drive sales, whilst engaging new and existing buyers and consignors to Roseberys.


  • Securing consignments to increase turnover and income for the department and selling sales for the Modern Design & Decorative Arts Department. Sourcing new business through pro-active target marketing, cold calling, relationship making and building and maintaining existing client relationships.
  • Actively manage client relationships in order to enhance client loyalty and generate business; support key client activity in particular focusing on generating new networks of clients/collectors to Roseberys
  • Prepare and deliver valuation proposals to secure consignments, providing valuations both offsite and within the auction house
  • Research and write catalogue entries
  • Lead the catalogue production process and adhere to strict production deadlines
  • Lead the exhibition set up. Actively participate in all presale exhibitions and events, to cultivate bidders, promote and sell the sale. Develop, track and communicate client interest in lots; and execute bids at sale.
  • Undertake condition reports for both Modern Design and Decorative arts items
  • Viewing responsibilities helping clients at the exhibition; speaking to clients about the property
  • Perform valuations for auction and probate in association with the Professional Services Department
  • Mentor the junior members of the department, providing support and guidance on matters related to expertise and client relationships


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 7 years relevant experience within the field of Modern Design & Decorative Arts, auction house experience preferred but not essential
  • General knowledge about a broad range of values within the discipline ranging from £200-£200,000
  • Proven track record at generating business from both private and trade sources and increasing turnover within similar field
  • Ability to maintain composure in a stressful environment and meet deadlines
  • Driven with a positive and can-do attitude
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Full or part time position will be considered. To apply please send CV, cover letter and salary expectations to