Heatherwick Studio

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Collections Manager

Operations | London, United Kingdom | Full Time

Job Description

Location: London Kings Cross

Closing date: 11th Jan 2018


Have you got great experience managing museum or archive collections?

Are you passionate about architectural and object design?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for someone to lead the collection management of Heatherwick Studio’s extensive physical and digital legacy.

This role reports to Head of Buildings & Facilities.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and monitor adherence to the studio’s archive strategy

  • Manage the studio’s physical archive space

  • Manage the movement of archive material into off-site storage and define a strategy for the studio’s long-term storage requirements in our own buildings and externally

  • Oversee cataloguing and preservation of studio’s full historic archive and collections

  • Advise and lead on introduction of new collections management system

  • Provide an effective archive service for live project teams and all support domains

  • Manage Thomas’s personal archive

  • Advocate and lobby for the value of collections across the studio

  • Work closely with the Workshop on developing systems and policies relating to the logging, travel and care of newly made models

  • Work alongside the Project Enabling and Project Support domains to develop procedures and processes to communicate the archive strategy to project teams

  • Develop initiatives and systems to proactively capture project activity for the archive such as conducting interviews and producing photography and film content

  • Work alongside the Communications team on the use and publicity of the archive through press activity

  • Working alongside Digital Systems on the development and implementation of a Digital Archive CMS/Repository, intended to facilitate the capture of key metadata, the preservation of files, and studio-wide accessibility via our internal Intranet

  • Support and advise Production (Exhibitions and Objects) and Studio Experience teams with internal displays and with the loaning, display, storage and transport of archive material for external displays

  • Forecast and manage an archive budget

  • Line-manage members of the archive team;


Skills and experience:

Essential - 

  • Professional Archive or Museum qualifications or demonstrable working experience within archive or museum setting

  • Understanding of collection care, archival preservation and conservation principles

  • PC literate - Outlook / Microsoft office / Photoshop

  • Working knowledge of database systems

  • Object handling and transportation

  • Prioritising and planning

  • Project management and administration

  • Clear and effective communication; written and verbal

Desirable – 

  • Knowledge of SPECTRUM collection management standard

  • Great lobbying skills, especially with senior management


Attributes

  • Passionate about collections management

  • Enthusiastic, confident and good-natured

  • Tenacious and reliable

  • Practical - hands on approach

  • Creative - lateral and logical thinker

  • Organised and adaptable

  • Methodical, with meticulous attention to detail

  • Inquisitive and able to take the initiative when required

Please apply with a CV and covering letter.

Heatherwick Studio is a team of over 200 problem solvers dedicated to making the physical world around us better for everyone. Based out of our combined workshop and design studio in central London, we create buildings, spaces, master-plans, objects and infrastructure. Focusing on large scale projects in cities all over the world, we prioritise those with the greatest positive social impact.