Digitisation Officer


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RIBA is a global professional membership body, and a cultural organisation, driving excellence in architecture.

Salary: c £27,000 per annum based upon skills and location

Location: London/Hybrid working

Hours: 35 hours per week, full-time permanent contract

Why Join us?

Our Benefits:

RIBA offers an amazing employee benefits package which includes (a) a generous pension scheme with employer contributions (up to 12%), (b) life assurance, (c) annual leave of 27 days plus bank holidays and paid closure of 3 discretionary days between Christmas and New Year. For more details on our benefits click here

About the Role

The RIBA Collections is RIBA’s four-million-strong collection of architectural drawings, photographs, manuscripts, books, models and associated artefacts. It is one of the very oldest, largest and richest collections of its kind anywhere in the world. The collections are a world-class research resource and are at the heart of RIBA’s exhibition and learning programmes.

We are seeking to appoint a Digitisation Officer as part of the Imaging Services team based at the RIBA Library in Portland Place, London with some hybrid working. The Imaging Services department is responsible for RIBA Collections’ digital assets and our online image database RIBApix. This is an opportunity to join an organisation with ambitious plans under the House of Architecture programme, click for more information.

This role is primarily responsible for creating, storing and preserving high quality digital images, using a range of scanning and photographic equipment to support RIBA’s commercial and cultural programmes and objectives.

What are we looking for?

Candidates should be highly organised with an ability to work quickly and accurately both as part of a team and on your own initiative. You will have a proven track record in photography and digitisation, a knowledge of photographing and processing both 2-D and 3-D objects in a studio situation, the equipment, software and systems that will be used as well as an awareness of digital preservation best practice.

Additionally, the post holder will also be expected to contribute to RIBA’s income generation by licencing and disseminating images, fulfilling customer enquiries and orders, creating content for RIBApix as well as assisting the Imaging Services Manager with appropriate day-to-day activities.

Ideally candidates should have experience in handling museum/archive collections and a demonstrable interest in architecture and architectural photography.

If you would like to apply for the position, please submit your CV and covering letter on our website after you click “Apply”. Please note that we will only consider applications received directly through our company website.

If you would like to apply for the position, please view the full job description below (found at ‘supporting documents’) and submit your CV and covering letter using the form below. Additionally please ensure that you complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which will be submitted separate from your application.


Closing date: Wednesday 6 December 2023
Interview date: Wednesday 20 December 2023


Due to high volumes of applications we are unable to respond to everyone, however, should you be shortlisted for interview we will be in touch.  We may also close an advert earlier than the date above if we receive enough quality applications. 

Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK.  We are unable to proceed with any candidates who cannot show the relevant documentation so please only apply if you meet these criteria. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer visa sponsorship.

RIBA aims to be an inclusive employer, committed to building an authentic and diverse environment where all are encouraged to be themselves. We champion work/life balance and welcome requests for flexible working across our organisation. We value applications from all sections of society and appreciate divergent experience, therefore if you are excited about the role and working with us, yet your experience may not align perfectly with every single skill or competency, we encourage you to apply anyway.

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