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Studio Manager

Janie Lightfoot Textiles LLP is seeking a Textile Conservator/Studio Manager

Janie Lightfoot has been running her textile conservation and restoration studio for over 40 years. Janie is an accredited conservator and works extensively in the public and private sector, both nationally and internationally.

The studio has a long history of working with Museums, Heritage Houses, Textile Dealers, Auction Houses, Private Owners, Collectors, Collections, Collections Care, Palaces. Societies and Archives and the Church.

We are based in North West London and run out of two fully equipped studios. We are currently a team of 7, with a broad skill base, allowing us to take on a wide spectrum of projects, ranging from large 3-dimensional textiles to fine intricate objects.

The studio also has long established educational relationships with universities, schools & colleges.

The extensive studio textile archive is made accessible to students and interns both in the UK and abroad, promoting the development of conservation skills for the future.

Janie Lightfoot Textiles is seeking a studio manager with conservation knowledge to head up the team. The successful candidate will take a key leadership role overseeing the smooth running of the studio working closely with the principal to achieve this end.

The studio has well established systems in place to facilitate this.


  • Respond to all enquiries, which come from private individuals, museums, collectors, auction houses, societies and archives.
  • Carry out assessments and compile thorough condition reports, undertaking research when necessary.
  • Provide conservation proposals and estimates, calculating budgets and offering treatment options, tailored to the client’s requirements.
  • Provide instruction to the team, offering guidance and support throughout projects including performance monitoring and working to agreed budgets and cost targets.
  • Maintain clear and accurate financial information & forecasts, providing support as necessary to the financial director to ensure the studio’s viability.
  • Co-ordinate national and international transportation of artworks, advising on future long-term care.
  • Oversee Health and Safety requirements in studio, ensuring records are up-to date; write RAMS for projects as necessary, and implement preventive measures, reviewing guidelines and policies regularly.
  • Maintain well organised records, treatment reports and photographic records, disseminating as necessary.
  • Liaise with sub-contractors, mount makers, suppliers, insurers and lawyers as required.
  • Procure materials and equipment, ensuring competitive quotes are received.
  • Keep the studio’s website and social media platforms updated.
  • Negotiate new leads and work on business development and strategy.


  • Management, organisation, and negotiation skills; experience managing concurrent projects, working to deadlines and adhering to budgets with an ability to supervise staff, & develop work plans.
  •  Prepare conservation proposals, estimates and tenders, offering treatment options with calculated budgets, tailored to the client’s requirements
  • Good communication skills are essential and the ability to network with existing and future clients, while offering a professional and diplomatic approach and contributing to raising the profile of conservation at the studio.
  •  Experience working and overseeing projects onsite, this may involve working at heights, co-ordinating travel arrangements, and require complex logistical planning, ensuring a safe and organised working environment.
  •  A knowledge of conservation resources and suppliers enabling swift procurement of necessary materials and equipment
  •  Treatments are carried out both in the studio and in situ, requiring the willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally as and when required, a driving licence desirable.
  • Keeping stock of studio materials and pre-empting upcoming project requirements and ensuring these are ordered on time.
  • Good end-user IT skills, with a clear, concise writing style and good working knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel.

The studio is fully compliant with the Government Guidelines regarding the pandemic.

First interview: To be arranged probably via Zoom depending the current situation.

Successful candidates from the first interview will be invited to a second interview to meet the team and view the studio facilities.

Please send your CV to Janie Lightfoot-

Application Deadline: 11th December

Start Date: Mid-January / Beginning February 2021