Collections Manager

Organisation: The National Trust for Scotland

Salary: £53,676 - £59,368 pro-rata, per annum

Location: Edinburgh - Hermiston Quay


Be a passionate advocate for continuous improvement of standards in collections care & conservation, and collections management in support of engagement and access

Work closely with Regional Directors and Operations Managers across the Trust to tailor the advice and training needed to support regional property teams to work within the Trust’s collections management policies

Build relationships across the museum and conservation sectors, including promoting the work of NTS at conferences and participating actively in sector developments

Plan and lead centrally managed collections conservation and management projects, including procuring services, recruiting and managing temporary staff, and managing project budgets in liaison with regional operational teams and curators to deliver excellent collections care, conservation and management across the Trust

Responsible for ensuring systems are in place to manage collections processes that meet the SPECTRUM : UK Collections Management Standard and other requirements of the externally assessed Museum Accreditation scheme, including Axiell Collections, Extensis Portfolio and Knowledge Integration CIIM.

Oversee the management of the Loans, Acquisitions and Disposals (LAD) decision making processes in line with the NTS policy – NTS Developing Collections – to ensure consistency and clarity of decision making.

Responsible for resourcing the ongoing NTS-wide programme of collections review and rationalisation within the Museums Association ethical guidelines for disposal

Manage the Loans Registrar function to ensure continued progress towards reducing risk and costs to NTS through the review of long-term loans and the renewal of loan agreements, including sensitive relationship management with donor families

Manage the Collections Systems Manager to ensure that Axiell & Extensis Portfolio remain up to date and that development plans are in place

Provide leadership in collections care and conservation advice by line managing the regional conservators and working closely with regional directors to set mutually agreed strategic objectives in collections care and conservation.

Take a strategic lead in managing risk in collections through maintaining processes needed to: keep insurance information up to date, monitor loss and damage to collections, support regional teams with improving security of collections, implement training in collections audit, and ensure regional conservators provide support on emergency planning and salvage

Lead on the provision of integrated advice to regional operational teams to minimise risks to collections during capital projects

Contribute to NTS online platforms and social media with collections related content to promote best practice and engage audiences with the work of the Trust

Application Deadline: Sunday 21/07/2024