3 February 2017

The Baring Archive, London


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Department Overview 

The Baring Archive is one of the world’s outstanding historical sources for the development of the financial markets. The Archive is owned by ING, who acquired Barings in 1995. In 2008 the archive was loaned to The Baring Archive Ltd, a charitable company established by ING to manage the collections and encourage their use as an educational resource. The Archive team sits within ING’s UK Corporate Communications department. Corporate Communications is responsible for protecting and enhancing the image of ING in the UK and Ireland through a range of communication methods: media relations, events, branding, advertising, internal communications and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The Baring Archive is currently embarking on a project to make its archives accessible digitally and is seeking to recruit an archivist with specialist skills in this area.

Main Duties and Responsibilities of Role: 

  • Conduct a feasibility study for digitisation assessing existing metadata,  IT infrastructure, budget and user demand
  • Write a policy on digitisation for the archive (including selection of material and considering revenue generation, provision of access and long term preservation)
  • Devise a sustainable long term strategy for digitisation addressing selection of material, identification of external partners, conservation, provision of metadata, access and long term storage.
  • Develop project plan and appropriate procedures and specifications to deliver strategy
  • Produce progress reports for Archivist and Trustees of the Archive
  • Become a member of the archive team training and supporting existing staff

Career Potential 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to play a leading role in managing and developing the digital collections of a major financial archive, using cutting-edge facilities to ensure their long term survival and continued accessibility.

Candidate Profile



A postgraduate qualification in a relevant field such as computer/information science, archives or records management or equivalent experience.



  • Proven and extensive hands on experience of the implementation of a digital preservation project, digital repository management or a related area.
  • Excellent understanding of recognised technical and preservation standards and techniques including up to date knowledge of relevant tools, methodologies and standards and relevant legislation (eg. copyright law)
  • Strong project management skills, with experience of applying methodologies such as PRINCE2.
  • Experience of gathering, analysing and specifying business requirements for complex systems and/or services.


  • An interest in history and business archives
  • Understanding and experience of archives and records management principles and practices
  • Qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner
Personal Competencies


  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, including the ability to explain complex technical topics simply to non-specialist audiences
  • Excellent influencing, persuasion and negotiating skills with the ability to form and foster strong relationships in a business environment.
  • Excellent analytical, planning, problem solving and time management skills.
  • Attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment as well as working independently and proactively
  • Willingness to work with in-house online systems and processes.

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