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Posted: Friday, April 30th 2021
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Job Title:     Senior Collection Manager – Loans & Display
Organisation:     The British Museum
Salary:     £37,210 p.a.
Type:     Full-Time Position
 Contract: Fixed Term for 3 years
Location:     London, England
Closing Date:     Monday, May 10th, 2021
Job Ref No:     6236
Job Description:
The British Museum is seeking a Senior Collection Manager – Loans & Display to join the Collection Care department. The Senior Collection Manager – Loans & Display will play a leading role in the coordination of collection management activity and resource planning for the Museum, in order to deliver the public programme and care of the collection. They will set standards, maintain and develop efficient and effective processes and ensure there is an active training and development programme for Collection Management staff.

Key Areas of Responsibility:
• To lead and manage the collection management function across the Museum alongside the Senior Collection Manager – Care & Access.
• To manage a team of Collection Managers including robust planning and management of progression and development within the team; to deliver pro-active performance management as required.
• To lead, with the Senior Collection Manager – Care & Access, further development of the Collection Management Training Programme.
• To plan and prioritise a technical work programme, with a flexible resource allocation to meet changing levels of demand over the year work.
• Liaise and consult with senior managers within the Collection Care Department, Heads of Department, and the Senior Collection Manager – Care & Access.
• In Collaboration with the Senior Collection Manager – Care & Access, to allocate resource to projects as required and delegate responsibility for specific projects appropriately and effectively, ensuring development opportunities are available to staff.
• To maintain a common schedule of projects and activities, reporting to senior management and other colleagues as required.
• To ensure health and safety standards for relevant activity and equipment are in place, that workshops, facilities and equipment are well maintained and staff fully understand and deliver their health and safety responsibilities.
• To lead on the development and consistent implementation of the processes and best practice standards with regard to day to day maintenance, documentation, and the display and storage of the collection and loans, exhibition and display activity, and condition reporting.
• Prepare and implement operational practice and procedures at the Museum’s new storage facilities in Reading and for the collection being re-housed into the World Conversation and Exhibitions Centre and the next phases of the Rosetta project.
• To provide support and resource as necessary to ensure a consistent and effective study room service through flexible deployment of collection management resource.
• To actively develop the profile of acknowledged expertise, both internally and externally, on the relevant technical standards, principles, theories, and concepts, building a network with peers at other institutions worldwide with a view to sharing skills, research and developing new, innovative techniques and practices.
• To actively work alongside the Senior Collection Manager – Care & Access and other colleagues in the Collection Care Department and other departments to break down organisational barriers and achieve a unified and coherent approach to collection management across the Museum.

Person Specification:
• Good general education, including GCSEs or equivalent.
• Demonstrate interest in aspects of the British Museum’s collections.
• Specific technical/professional skills and experience: demonstrable experience of working with museum collections; in depth knowledge of, and experience in implements collection care, display and preventative conservation practice; IT skills including familiarity with databases; evidence of project management, planning and prioritisation of collection care work; evidence of process/procedure review and development; strong understanding of health and safety within collection management; ability to critically analyse complex data.
• Work experience: object/art handling and installation, supervisor in a museum or similar environment, project manager.
• Specific managerial skills: experience of line management and mentoring; demonstrable ability to lead, develop and motivate a team; proficient at managing timetables, resources, budgets, and delivering a varied programme of work; project and programme management; strong prioritisation, planning and organisational skills.
• Interpersonal skills: negotiating and influencing, self-motivated and able to use initiative; good communicator verbally and in writing; able to work flexibly as part of a wide, multi-disciplinary team; problem solver, positive ‘can-do’ approach; ability to cope under pressure.
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