ABOUT AVANT ARTE
Avant Arte wants to make art radically more accessible for a new generation. The company began as a cult blog of contemporary artists and 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 Hank Willis Thomas, making their work more accessible to younger collectors through sculpture editions, print editions and unique works on paper of exceptional quality. 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 more than 100 over the next 6 months. This is a great opportunity to join a highly successful, profitable, early-stage business at a pivotal moment in our growth, where you will have a big impact from day one.
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 a community of collectors that are representative of contemporary art and of the wider world today.
WHAT WE NEED
Reporting into the Head of Content, the Project Manager role will directly work with the creative leads to ensure operational excellence. You will work closely with the content department to ensure work flows through the team efficiently and is tracked at all points, to ensure we get the job done on-time and on-budget. We are looking for someone with project management experience and an expert in managing productions, skilled at supervising resources and knowledge in integrated creative workflows tools and techniques.
We really do encourage everyone to proactively step outside of their job description if they see something that could be improved but the core of your role will involve:
Following and maintaining creative workflow and brief intake
Traffic/track jobs, from beginning to end, by resource, so productivity and profitability can be reviewed and developed
Benchmarking budget expenditures against projections
Vetting creative briefs and serve as gatekeeper of creative time and resources
Protecting creative teams from ad hoc requests without briefs
Holding regular production meetings and holding team members accountable for deadlines, while influencing other stakeholders to support successful outcomes
Ensuring our briefing and project management tool is always up to date and driving best practice and compliance through the Marketing function
Responsible for identifying and then hiring all freelance contractors that work in the content team
Sourcing and vetting freelance talent to grow roster of local and remote resources
Negotiating with external talent agencies, suppliers representing artists.
Supervising, motivating and encouraging the creative team and freelance talent
Troubleshooting issues that could slow down the process
Helping to streamline workflows to increase efficiencies and cut costs
The main skills we’re looking for are:
A good understanding of the creative process from concept to production and how this integrates into the overall delivery process.
Exceptional project management skills: with experience using tools such as Airtable, Monday.com.
Excellent communication skills: with the ability to collaborate with various stakeholders across the business and externally.
You have eye for detail: with exceptional organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple requests concurrently.
Enthusiastic and proactive attitude with the ability to inspire and get the most out of the people you work with.
We think you’ll probably have:
Worked for a top culture and or tech brand, publisher or high growth start-up
2+ years experience traffic management in the creative industry
Understanding of design and production workflows desirable but not essential
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 (UK)
Enhanced pension contributions
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