The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
Current Vacancies

Director of Finance and Operations

Closing date for Applications: Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Director of Finance and Operations takes direct responsibility for the Finance, HR, Building and Projects (including Facilities), IT, and Security Departments. The Director of Finance and Operations is also a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) responsible for developing the strategies that enable the Collection to fulfil its principal aim (and statutory duty) of stewardship; to safeguard this unique and varied Collection, making it accessible for the present and preserving it for future generations.

The DCMS agrees a grant-in-aid as set out in the annual Funding Agreement.  The Director of Finance and Operations will co-ordinate the Funding Agreement and liaise closely with the DCMS. State support is shrinking regularly and significantly, a situation that will determine the activities of the museum and the work of the Director of Finance and Operations.

This will require vision and creativity in developing the appropriate business strategy, employee skills and motivation and infrastructures that will enable the Wallace Collection to operate effectively and efficiently as a high-quality visitor attraction in a challenging financial framework while at the same preserving the Collection and Hertford House.

 Although organisationally the role has specific control over several functions, it also has an important wider impact in ensuring that the financial implications of all proposed plans are well considered, that commercial activities optimise their income potential and that expenditure across the Collection is co-ordinated and prioritised.  In addition, through the development of appropriate human resource management the Director of Finance and Operations will support the performance of all departments within the Collection. The Director of Finance will promote rules and best practice in Finance, HR and Health and Safety throughout the organisation.

Deadline for applications:   12 January 2014                                                  

Date of 1st interviews:                       

First Round:               26 January 2015

Second Round:           5 February 2015

If you have not heard from us by the date of the first interview, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Required Documents
Full Job Description
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form

Metals Conservator

Closing date for Applications: Monday, December 29th, 2014

The Oriental arms and armour at the Wallace Collection, mostly assembled by the 4th Marquess of Hertford to accompany his important Orientalist paintings, in some respects approaches the European arms and armour in importance.  The collection is especially strong in Indo-Persian and Ottoman material and includes such individual masterpieces as the swords of Ranjit Singh and Tipu Sultan.  It has been much less thoroughly studied than the European armour and the only catalogue, by Sir Guy Laking, dates back to 1914.  We hope to commission a new catalogue of this part of the collection and our current expectation is that this will be commissioned from an external scholar. 

RESPONSIBILITIES (Please see Job Description for full details)

  • Undertake conservation of metalwork, arms, and armour in the Collection, under the direction of the Head of Conservation and Curators.

  • Before undertaking any major treatment, carry out appropriate research and prepare treatment proposals, liaising closely with curatorial staff, especially the Head of Collections and the Curator of Arms & Armour, other members of the Conservation Department and, where appropriate, outside experts, including members of the Conservation Advisory Committee.

  • Work to a policy of minimum-intervention conservation to stabilize deterioration, and (where appropriate) carry out restoration to the highest possible standards, with continuous record keeping (both photographic and written).Prepare full post-conservation reports where required, for approval by the Head of Collections and the Head of Conservation.

  • Keep abreast of historical research, new developments and publications on techniques and materials within the conservation field (drawing to the attention of one's colleagues any material relevant to their interests), and carry out on-going training.

  • Work within the guidelines of the C.O.S.H.H. regulations and requirements.

Closing date for all completed application forms:      29 December 2014

Date of Interviews:    13 January 2015

Required Documents
Full Job Description
Application Form
Equal Opportunities Form