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Assistant Manager

Job details

Art and Object Ltd
22 Jul 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Management & Admin


ART+OBJECT is a fine art auction house located in central Auckland. A+O holds 10 to 12 auctions per year of fine art, photography, single vendor collections, modern design and studio ceramics. To support these catalogues pre-auction exhibitions are presented at A+O’s gallery space at 3 Abbey Street Newton in Central Auckland.

A+O also markets by creating high quality catalogues and online at, more recently we have also developed a significant social media presence, together with on-line auctions and bidding. A+O caters to a highly discerning and knowledgeable client base and all members of staff must have excellent communication skills and a commitment to prompt and professional client service.

A+O was founded in 2007 and since this time has held almost 200 auctions and has developed a market leading reputation. The company has two founding directors and three full time staff. This position is an opportunity to join our small but high performing team and to begin or further develop a career in a dynamic and fascinating industry.

Full time role

The Assistant Manager is located at the front of house and is a vital part of A+O’s public face with our clients, including in our reception, on the phone and through email communication.  This is a full time role which will also include some evening work as auctions are at night and occasional weekend work when the gallery is open for pre-auction viewings. It is anticipated that this requirement will entail approx 8 evenings per annum and a day for up to 10 weekends. This commitment is reflected in the proposed salary.

Training will be provided on all office systems and procedures.

Candidate requirements

A+O is looking for an articulate and well-organized candidate who has had some experience of client service and who possesses excellent computing, oral and written skills. This is a role which requires strong communication skills both internally with directors and colleagues and with clients. Competence with Microsoft word and excel is mandatory, along with good written skills as this role requires regular document preparation and office administration.

Over the past few years the business has increasingly developed it’s on-line presence.  Some experience with website maintenance would be an advantage. 

Other skills that may be advantageous to the role:

  • Photography and photo editing skills (gallery installations, decorative arts and books photography)
  • Digital content creation
  • Writing for email marketing and website
  • Administration, great verbal and written communication and research skills
  • Knowledge of New Zealand art

During auction weeks the office is frequently hectic and multiple demands can be placed on all staff members. It is essential that the candidate is prepared to assist with all areas of the business.

Candidates with experience of digital photography and editing in photoshop will be viewed favourably as a part of the role is assisting in the preparation of catalogue material to be loaded onto the A+O website.

Another part of the role is post auction dispatch and packing so we value people who are capable of rolling their sleeves up and getting involved in this important part of the business.

All communication should be directed to Leigh Melville, Managing Director in writing to either PO Box 68 345 Newton Auckland or via email


The closing date for applications is 22 July 2022 and candidate interviews will take place promptly.


How to apply

All communication should be directed to Leigh Melville, Managing Director in writing to either PO Box 68 345 Newton Auckland or via email

Written by

Art and Object Ltd

30 Jun 2022