UK-based couple require experienced professional Butler/House Manager. You will be working directly for the Principals overseeing all aspects of running and maintaining their main UK residence in Berkshire and possibly a secondary residence in the South of France.
You will need to take full responsibility for the management and operation of the Principal’s properties dealing with all the day-to-day aspects of running the property and dealing with both internal staff and external subcontractors.
You will be overseeing 3-5 full-time and part-time staff at the UK residence and up to 5 full-time and part-time staff (during the summer) at the Principal's French residence. You will also be required to recruit and train new staff when required. You will be responsible for carrying out disciplinary and other procedures for the staff under your supervision.
The candidate will be required to be very hands off and must be willing to assist others and be prepared to show other staff how to do any job required of them.
You will also be required to run errands and shopping trips for the family.
You will be responsible for running the household budget and will be required to keep account of all expenditure.
An understanding of high social etiquette and formal butler service is essential, as well as knowledge of luxury wardrobe maintenance, VIP guest requirements and table service etc.
As the owners travel frequently they need full confidence the home will be secure and well-run in their absence.
When the owners are travelling you will have responsibility for overseeing care, between yourself and the resident staff, for the house pets.
You should be prepared to travel with the Principals when required, accompanying them on possible yacht and Villa charters and for the summer period in their French property.
Flexibility required up to five and a half day working week.