Posted 17 June 2022


New York

The Administrator for the Day Sale plays a vital role in supporting the sale’s coordination and project administration. This is an excellent entry level or early career opportunity for someone looking for a career trajectory in Business or Project Management. The administrator will act as a liaison on behalf of the Day Sale Team and the 20th Century and Contemporary Art Department for both internal and external clients with a focus on generating consignment contracts, managing property inventory, sale execution, and handling all issues surrounding client account settlement. Phillips values a workforce with a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and skills, so we encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the qualifications.

Duties and Responsibilities


·        Maintain and actively manage a high-volume sale by tracking and updating master excel list and consignor files.

·        Support Head of Sales as required, including but not limited to: tracking pending consignments and organizing master pending document for Heads of Sale; tracking and ensuring marketing promises are executed; assisting with the digital catalogue and exhibition layouts; and setting up pre-sale meetings.

·        Issue consignor contracts, requesting and tracking necessary KYC (Know Your Client) documents liaising with Client Accounting and Legal Department as necessary.

·        Where applicable, generate contracts with special financial and legal terms such as guarantees and advances for upcoming sales, liaising with Business Coordinator, Commercial Manager, Business Manager, Finance and General Counsel as necessary.

·        Where necessary for sale execution, navigate complex financial structures and exercise fluency in all details of contractual agreements for each consignment in the sale by maintaining special deal sheet.

·        Serve as liaison between Phillips’ Specialists and their clients as needed to ensure seamless client experience.

·        Help oversee the logistics of property intake and movement, working with the Shipping Department to ensure timely arrival and transfers of property, liaising with consignors as necessary, and communicating with the Property Control and Sale Teams.

·        Support sale team with the organization of photography, conservation and framing, as needed.

·        Collaborate with Evening Sale administrator to ensure smooth running of sale tours and related events.

·        Oversee reserve prices, payment term requests, as well as last-minute guarantee offers, withdrawals, and after sales throughout the sale period.

·        Process and track Purchase Orders for sale expenses, effectively managing sale costs and approvals together with Head of Sale and Business Manager, in line with Company policies and approval matrix.

·        Work in concert with Accounting Department to ensure accurate and seamless post‐sale and settlement processes for: buyers, consignors, guarantors, and introductory commission recipients.

·        Facilitate digital catalogue production with exacting attention to lot order, estimates, symbols, property titles and copy proofing.

·        Organize sale activities including client views, condition report dispatch, and bidding inquiries


·        Proactively ensure sale-related deadlines are met and help keep Sale Team (Heads of Sale, Cataloguer, and Property Manager) and Support Departments on track.

·        Provide one‐to‐one support for the department by fielding mainline phone calls, answering basic questions in a professional manner and liaising with Phillips Specialists and Support Departments where necessary.

·        Maintain relevant files, corporate documents, databases and systems in an efficient manner.

·        Work on special projects and on specific administrative, financial, logistics tasks as required.

·        Collaborate with individuals within the sale team, support departments and other sale administrators globally within the organization, making sure to appropriately escalate and problem-solve issues where necessary.

·        Provide essential companywide support through participation in telephone bidding, bid clerking, conversion board, and other activities for auctions.

·        Perform any other ad-hoc duties as requested.

Professional Skills and Experience

·        Computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Office Software (Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint), required.

·        A minimum of one year’s work experience, preferred.

Education and Training

·        Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent work experience, trainings or certifications, required.

Personal Attributes

·        Ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide variety of people (both internal and external) through written and verbal forms of communication.

·        Excellent time management and prioritization skills with the ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines to execute a high-volume sale.

·        Ability to work independently and collaboratively on a team.

·        Ability to approach multiple tasks effectively and efficiently.

·        A nimble problem solver with an entrepreneurial spirit.

·        Excellent organization skills.

·        Meticulous attention to detail.

·        Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and responsibly.

·        Ability to learn Phillips’ internal programs, systems and software.

Working Conditions

·        Work is undertaken within an office environment in our 432 Park Avenue location.

·        Additional working hours including some evenings and weekends as needed.

·        Newly hired staff must be fully vaccinated by their start date.  (Applicants unable to comply with this policy due to an underlying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief may be eligible for an accommodation, unless such an accommodation would be unduly burdensome or present a direct threat to the applicant, our employees, or the members of our greater community.)

Please submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] Please use the subject header "Administrator, Day Sale". Please be advised: due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and backgrounds best fit the needs of the open position.