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Vintage & Antique Furniture Specialist



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

1stDibs is a one-of-a-kind online marketplace that connects design lovers to more than one million extraordinary pieces, from furniture and fine art to jewelry and fashion. As a leading global marketplace for design lovers, we enable shoppers to discover beautiful things and interact with top sellers from around the world and our team shares that passion. Our best-in-class platform allows shoppers to buy directly, negotiate a price, or bid on items at auction and enables them to interact with sellers throughout all stages of the transaction — including item inquiries, price negotiations, and customization requests.

The Art + Design Research team at 1stDibs is looking to expand its team of internal experts. As a Vintage and Antique Furniture Specialist on the Art + Design Research team, you will be part of a team hailing from some of the world’s premier galleries, auction houses, and museums. An ideal candidate is passionate about vintage American and European Furniture & Design coupled with a strong knowledge of industry trends and the current market for vintage pieces.

An ideal candidate is a strong communicator who has the ability to navigate delicate conversations with an international seller population. We are looking for a methodical thinker with the ability to compromise while delivering business-first outcomes.

What you’ll do:

  • Work with internal stakeholders and 1stdibs sellers regarding a wide range of vetting-related issues, including correcting misattributions and developing/enforcing best practice standards for listing quality
  • Consult on the supply strategy to continue to grow the vintage furniture offerings on the 1stDibs marketplace.
  • Review seller applications and leads based on Supply Team KPIs utilizing industry expertise, knowledge of seller reputation, and market trends, including writing and adapting seller leads review guidelines.
  • Work with Supply Operations and Business Development teams to feed the lead funnel through lead sourcing
  • Develop a deep understanding and familiarity of the vintage furniture supply on the site, including consistent and ongoing review of sellers to ensure high marketplace standards are met
  • Provide buyer assistance on post-sale questions and concerns while reviewing pieces to mitigate risk on high value transactions
  • Be an educational resource by presenting on topics related to your area of expertise
  • Work with the Manager of team on strategic and risk-based approaches to reviews and inventory guidelines for the V&A furniture category
  • Advise and be a cross-functional partner on greater company initiatives, including but not limited to, product development, seller onboarding, marketing and merchandising campaigns, as well as providing insights and data for press requests
  • Field and advise, as a public-facing presence, on questions from trade and VIP client sales team, seller community, and buyers, including by providing sourcing support to our internal sales teams for high potential clientele
  • Research, develop, and present weekly, monthly, and as needed trends reporting for internal cross-functional groups, including but not limited to, weekly expert’s picks, monthly industry trends reports, insights to industry as needed for special projects, and others.
  • Develop a network of external experts in the field to cover internal expertise gaps

What you'll bring:

  • 7+ years of professional experience working in the vintage furniture trade and hands-on experience with vintage American and European furniture
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant studies
  • Ability to conduct historical research for vintage items and catalog furniture
  • In-depth knowledge of trends and current practices of the industry as a whole, including a need to have your finger on the pulse of market happenings
  • Strong knowledge of business and growth techniques with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Nice to Have:

  • Experience with e-commerce platforms
  • Master’s in relevant studies
  • Preferred but not required - ISA, AAA certification, experience with furniture appraising, Looker
  • Familiarity with CRM platforms such as Salesforce

Our overall compensation package is made of several parts, base compensation being one of them. At 1stDibs we value and are proud of our culture, innovation, professional development and training workshops, trust and giving back to the community. Equity, a comprehensive benefits package, and incentive (IF APPLICABLE) are all are components of your total compensation package. Ultimately, in determining your pay, we'll consider your location, experience, and other job-related factors.

Tri-State Pay Range
$98,000$107,000 USD

1stDibs is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The 1stDibs mission, to enrich lives with the extraordinary, can only be achieved when diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded into our values, culture and the way we do business. Enabling access to and celebrating unique and diverse perspectives is at the very core of what we do. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry, who are reflective of the diversity of our communities, and fostering an environment where every individual feels they belong, are valued and heard. As a leading design marketplace, we leverage the power of our platform and brand to empower historically underrepresented individuals, and the businesses they own, across the art and design industries.

Total Compensation Statement

1stDibs is committed to attracting, motivating and retaining top talent who drive the business forward and help us achieve our mission and vision. The company’s Total Compensation packages are designed to reward performance, be fair, equitable, and competitive, and consist of base salary, equity (where applicable), and health and work-life benefits.