Take your career in the art and heritage sector to the next level with Plowden & Smith

We advertise current vacancies on our website, however we are always interested in hearing from talented professionals at all stages of their careers. Please send CVs to info@plowden-smith.com. We will be in touch should a suitable vacancy arise.

Senior Paintings Conservator

Now is an exciting time to join Plowden & Smith and contribute to the future of our company. We are looking for an experienced and dynamic Senior Paintings Conservator, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the Paintings Conservation studio.

Responsibilities will include:

• Producing estimates, condition assessments, treatment methodologies and treatment reports
• Undertaking complex treatments of both historic and modern paintings, ranging from those executed on traditional substrates such as canvas and panel, to varied modern materials
• Undertaking both structural and surface treatments including but not limited to – repair of tears, warping, strip lining, rolling and re-stretching, removal of varnish and overpaint, surface cleaning, consolidation, filling, retouching, varnishing and framing
• Supporting and mentoring the Assistant Paintings Conservator and interns, supervising their work to ensure it is completed on time and to standard
• Keeping stock of studio materials and pre-empting upcoming project requirements and ensuring these are ordered on time
• Liaising with the Conservation Manager and Client Services to ensure the smooth running of department workload

Personal Specifications

• You will have a degree in Conservation and a minimum of ten years’ post qualification experience specialising in paintings conservation with an emphasis on traditional paintings
• Reports are a vital part of this role. A clear, concise writing style and good working knowledge of Microsoft Word is essential
• Treatments are carried out both in the studio and onsite, requiring the willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally as and when required
• You will be a personable and effective team worker with excellent communication skills
• As a supervising senior staff member, you will be confidant in making decisions with high value artworks whilst maintaining exceptional ethical standards in your approach to all tasks

• Experience working in private practice is desirable as you will be required to work under your own initiative and effectively manage your workflow to meet deadlines in a fast-paced commercial environment
• Experience with contemporary paintings
• Professional accreditation
• A working knowledge of relining techniques
• Full clean driving licence

This is a permanent, full-time position offering a salary of up to £40,000pa, dependent on experience.

To apply for this position please c.v. and submit an expression of interest, stating your current salary, to jade.maloney@plowden-smith.com. We will provide a job description and selection criteria for you to address in your application. Interviews to be arranged over the coming weeks with a December start for the successful candidate.

Freelance Conservators

We are expanding our freelancer database and are looking for experienced conservators available for standalone and project-based work.

We are particularly interested in conservators with at least five years’ post qualification practical experience in either paintings or objects conservation with specialism in modern materials, decorative arts or metals.  You will bring an enthusiast and mature approach to your work, have good communication skills and be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

Please send your c.v. and portfolio to info@plowden-smith.com and include Freelance Conservator in the subject line.

Why work for Plowden & Smith?

  • Work with some of the world’s most rare, beautiful and interesting artworks and artefacts, as well as national and international collections
  • Work in a stimulating, creative environment
  • Free entry to museums and exhibitions being held in the UK and around the world
  • Opportunities throughout the year to attend preview nights and private view events
  • Personal Continued Professional Development fund
  • Child Care Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme


About Plowden & Smith

Founded in London in 1966, Plowden & Smith is the largest fine, decorative and contemporary art and object conservation and restoration company in the UK.

In December 2018 we moved to purpose-built premises in Mitcham where our team of experienced and skilled conservators and restorers work on an extensive range of materials. All our object treatments are informed by science, guided by contemporary ethical considerations and underpinned by industry-recognised standards of best practice. Staff are committed to continued professional development and training.