Senior Specialist, Prints
Christie's - New York, NY

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Position Summary:

Responsible for business-getting with emphasis on long-term client development and high value property.

The Senior Specialist also coordinates the sale of property, requiring in-depth knowledge of domestic client relationship management and relevant markets for the Print field.

Responsibility Data:
  • Develop business contacts and strategic opportunities, including developing auction and private sales strategies with department head and business manager
  • Identify and maintain relationships with clients, dealers and collectors
  • Serve as senior member of team on business-getting efforts, working with the Commercial Director’s office, senior department specialists and the Proposals department on shaping proposals and in pitching business
  • Work with major clients to sell high value property
  • Function as liaison with Estates and Appraisals, working on appraisals
  • Participate in departmental hilling sessions (meetings to determine value, condition and marketability of property)
  • Write and prepare catalogue essays
  • Participate in pre-selling upcoming auctions through targeted marketing efforts
  • Participate in Telephone Bidding with clients during the auction.
  • Other duties as assigned by Manager

Skills and Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Art History or Decorative Arts preferred; or equivalent work experience. Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years paid work experience in related field
  • Demonstrated ability to bring in property and conduct appraisals
  • Renowned expertise in field
  • Knowledge of E-mail, Spreadsheet, Word Processing and Presentation software (Microsoft Office preferred)
  • Ability to learn Christie’s systems including Siebel, Property System, intranet and website.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior written and spoken communication
  • Superior client service skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Strong follow-up skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a team environment

  • Work is performed in an office setting; and off-site in various client settings (private, corporate and institution.)
  • Noise level in the office work environment is moderate, will vary for external locations.

  • Required to handle, inspect and/or take photographs of works of art for appraisal and consignment
  • Required to create written or recorded descriptions of inspected items
  • Required to attend events, exhibitions, art fairs locally, domestically and internationally
  • Required to meet with clients on-site and off-site
  • Required to travel according to business requirements; travel can mean one week or more away from the office (local, domestic and international)


Basic office equipment including: personal computer, copy machine, fax machine, scanner, office supplies, digital camera

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