Graduate Trainee

Alexander McQueen
London, UK
Posted 2 days ago
Full time

Alexander McQueen is seeking a highly organised, efficient and adaptable Graduate Trainee to work in the Archive department. This is a six-month fixed-term contract working with the company’s heritage collections, reporting to the Senior Archivist.

How you will contribute?

  • Facilitating research and loan requests from the Archive collections across internal departments.
  • Developing basic collections management skills (cataloguing, photography, condition reporting) for documenting items in the collection.
  • Developing storage and preventative conservation skills under the guidance of the Senior Archivist.
  • General office administration (booking couriers, ordering office supplies, diary management and minute-taking during meetings).
  • Responding to storage enquiries and negotiating space limitations with the relevant teams.
  • Supporting the Archive team with upcoming projects, including data digitisation/CMS implementation, historical collections reappraisal and collection storage improvements.
  • Supporting with ad-hoc company projects when required (exhibitions, events, photoshoots, etc.)
  • Working across different heritage collections (Alexander McQueen Archive, vintage archive, work-in-progress studio toiles, paperwork/digital materials archive and library).

Who you are?

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area (art history, fashion history, information science, design, or similar).
  • Exceptional organisational skills.
  • Maintains meticulous attention-to-detail whilst adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Ability to keep calm and work efficiently under pressure.
  • Prioritises tasks effectively according to urgency.
  • Can work both in a team and independently.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong IT skills, especially using MS Office programmes.
  • Some knowledge of garment construction and textile terminologies.
  • Manual dexterity, with sensitivity to handling different objects according to weight and material.
  • Demonstrable interest in developing the relevant skills for a career in the heritage sector.

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