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Head of Collections Management

National Trust
Organisation:National Trust
Salary:£46,711 pa. Permanent f/t Ref: IRC69897
Location:South West
Closing date:23.09.2018
This role presents an exciting opportunity to take the lead in caring for one of the greatest collections of art and historical objects in the world.


The task requires up to the minute knowledge of data management systems and clear and inspiring leadership to ensure our teams across our many hundreds of properties are fully trained and understand our standards, policies and procedures. It requires detailed record management which is as world class as our collections. And it requires understanding what we have, how it is presented and cared for and we what we can continue to do to improve our collections care standards.

In this role, we are looking for an inspiring leader who knows what it takes to run a national collections management team and is up for a challenge. We are looking for you to use your expertise to transform how collections management works at the National Trust and to raise the profile of the discipline in its own right.

This role will be based in our Head Office in Swindon where your team are also based.

What it's like to work here

Working within the ‘Whole Trust’ who are predominantly based in Heelis, gives you the opportunity to use your expertise to influence the bigger picture. Working with regional teams, you’ll understand how we’re doing and what people need. By leading collaboratively, you'll work with people from inside and outside the NT capturing their ideas and best practice and combining this with your professional knowledge and expertise, you'll work to set and influence overall objectives and standards to ensure we walk tall on the national stage. If you want to use your experience to influence change and make differences that benefit our people, visitors, and volunteers on a national scale, then the Whole Trust is for you.

What you'll be doing

This role is as much about people as it is about our collections. You’re role will be to inspire confidence in all things collections management – internally and externally.

As Head of Collections Management, you’ll own and promote a collaborative vision for collection management across the National Trust. You will be the leader for standards, policy and procedures and your role will be to ensure ours mirrors the industry’s best practice. Your role will be to instil best practice in everyone, and you will do this through developing and delivering training, organising a national conference, and championing collections management in every way that you can.

Transforming the way we manage our collections will include reviewing our current Collections Management System as the first priority and potentially delivering a new one. It will also involve working with curators and national specialists to develop simplified collections significance reviews. And you will be managing a team of experts as well as being a key person overseeing work delivered by regional consultants and property teams. You’ll need to create a Collections Management Community where all experts have a productive forum to share ideas, best practice, and learning so they have a deeper sense of belonging to a transforming discipline. As the leader of this community, it will be your role to make sure key messages and tasks are prioritised, and everyone has the resources they need.

Who we're looking for

With a background running a national or regional collections department for a Museum/ Art gallery/ Library/ Historic Houses, you'll need to demonstrate;

•You are a Collections Management expert - with strong experience offering expert advice to deliver complex solutions based on an extensive in-depth knowledge and experience of collections management and broad knowledge and significant experience of the application of conservation principles in heritage settings - with a relevant professional qualification in relevant subject e.g. Museum Studies, Curatorship, Art History.

•You understand systems – and have a good understanding of the complexities of managing a large and complex inventory and strong knowledge of collection management databases.

•You are an inspiring leader - with strong people skills with a proven track record of managing and delivering innovation in a multi-disciplinary environment/teams. You’ll have an excellent ability to lead others to deliver an effective and efficient service to properties, the ability to coach and influence others with the purpose of improving conservation and standards. This includes demonstrating a high standard of consulting skills where you understand people, communicate clearly, focus on explaining the benefits, and can change practice and behaviour.

•You are a talented influencer – and can demonstrable experience of working with and influencing decision makers with an ability to be methodical and analytical with a good understanding of how to manipulate and present data for management decision making.

•You proactively collaborate – and able to build mutually effective relationships with related professionals internally and externally, at all levels and work as part of a wider Curatorial and Collections leadership team in a joined up manner, collaborating and sharing learning an ideas.

•You know how to prioritise – and have excellent planning and organising skills with the ability to prioritise based on the subject area and organisational priorities, and experience of working in a customer focused organisation.

The package

Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £3.09 per month for you and your dependents

•Pension contribution match up to 10%

•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing

•Discounted gym membership at over 100 leisure facilities across the country

Looking after your career

•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust

•Develop your skills with an internal secondment

•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression

•Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK

•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)

•20% off in our Retail and Food & Beverage outlets

•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Interview Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018

For more information and to apply, please click on the apply link below