Business Operations Manager

Job description


Avant Arte wants to make art radically more accessible for a new generation.

The company began as a cult blog of contemporary artists, initially inspired through rap lyrics and hip-hop album covers. That blog grew organically into the world’s largest and most engaged online art community, with more than 2 million of their followers under the age of 35.

The company collaborates with iconic contemporary artists like Jenny Holzer, Cai Guo-Qiang, Claire Tabouret and the Chapman brothers, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper. And they have built a highly engaged community of next-generation art collectors, which means Avant Arte’s artist launches are heavily oversubscribed, with many behaving more like fashion drops, selling out in under 30 seconds.

The company’s vision is to inspire a generation of millions of young people who love art like they love music and who collect works like they build their wardrobe.

We’re currently a team of 85, split between London and Amsterdam, looking to scale to 150+ over the next 12 months. This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful scale-up business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have impact from day one. As an early Business Operations hire, you will be central to helping define and build Avant Arte’s processes, growth forecasting, reporting & strategic decision making as we scale.


We’re a small team with really big ambitions, both for what we want to achieve and also the environment we’re building. We want to create a company that remains thoughtful as we scale and tries to be genuinely progressive in how we operate; we want people to really own what they do and be given the autonomy and freedom to make mistakes, learn, and create something meaningful. We all work incredibly hard because we really care about what Avant Arte is here to do – we’re looking for exceptional people who are proactive, hungry to learn, and want to put their pride in our collective achievements.

We know that creating an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity is critical if we want to build something with impact and meaning. We believe that having diversity in age, background, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective will make us an infinitely better company. And it is particularly vital if we are going to build a roster of artists and community of collectors that are representative of contemporary art and of the wider world today.



We’re looking for a highly talented, ambitious, and commercially astute Business Operations Manager with a proactive and problem solving mindset to join our London team. Working closely with our Director of Business Operations and collaboratively with teams across the business, you will be responsible for managing, optimising and improving end-to-end processes, internal operations and strategic planning for Avant Arte. We really do encourage everyone to proactively step outside of their job description if you see something that could be improved but the core of your role will involve:

  • Commercial analysis, data & reporting: Leading on commercial analysis, modelling and diligence of new business models and opportunities plus internal & external monitoring and reporting of business metrics and performance

  • Cross-functional operations: Working closely with teams across the business to help build the operational foundations for their teams, solve business challenges and implement new tools, processes and ways of working

  • Internal operations: Leading and supporting the effective running of our day to day core business rhythms, processes and operations while continuously optimising and improving these to support Avant Arte’s growth, making sure we stay ahead of our stage across:

           - Internal trackers, tools, communication systems & presentations
           - Business cadences & operational rhythms

           - Strategy & objectives setting (quarterly OKRs) 

           - Elements of legal & compliance (working closely with Finance)

  • Growth initiatives & special projects: Leading on key growth initiatives & special projects in line with Avant Arte’s growth ambitions & business priorities, such as:

             - Sustainability assessment
             - M&A opportunities

The main skills we’re looking for are:

  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail: you’re a whiz with Excel and would be able to use your analytical skills and data insights to analyse the performance of our business both historically and into the future

  • Proactivity, pragmatism and great communication skills: you’re a self-starter who is able to communicate complex concepts clearly to a range of different audiences, distilling the key points and actions to build momentum. You balance high standards with a pragmatic approach to making progress in the most efficient way

  • Commercial mindset: you’re able to carry out high fidelity commercial diligence on new models, projects and initiatives; you can also deliver clarity and actionable insights into the drivers of all aspects of our current performance

  • Relationship building and a collaborative approach: you have the ability to build relationships with a range of different people, building trust easily and establishing Business Operations as an enabler of strategic decision making across different teams

  • You’re incredibly organised and well structured: you’re able to introduce systems and processes that prepare Avant Arte’s operations for our next stage of growth

We think you’ll probably have:

  • 4-6 years of experience working in a strategic or commercial role (e.g. strategy or management consulting at a top-tier firm, or in business operations at a fast-growth start up)

  • Experience working for a fast-growing startup or online marketplace would be a plus

  • A strong desire to roll up your sleeves and make an impact


  • You’ll get to be part of building one of the fastest growing tech companies in culture, backed by early investors in companies like Skype, Farfetch, Glossier and Facebook.

  • Generous equity allowance

  • Private healthcare

  • Enhanced pension (NL)

  • 25 days of holiday plus two extra company wide days on Kings Day (national holiday in the Netherlands which falls in April) and Christmas Eve

  • L&D budget of €1000 per year per employee

  • Company Laptop (MacBook) + any other equipment for your at-home set up

  • Cycle to work scheme (UK)

  • Regular socials & team events including end of year events between all offices and staff (incl. remote)

  • Generous parental leave policies

  • Offices in both London and Amsterdam and supportive of flexible/remote working

  • Office perks in our London office include membership discounts for restaurants, wellness services and hotels in the area as well as free fitness classes and drinks on Fridays