Live-in/out Head Housekeeper

Nr Henley-on-Thames, £26 - £34,000 per year

EHS #1345

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A UK-based couple are looking for an experienced professional Housekeeper to run their recently refurbished primary staffed residence.The ideal candidate will have initiative, be highly organised, efficient and confident in all aspects of managing the operations of a reasonable sized family home which consists of the main residence and an additional guest house. You will need to be able to recruit and manage secondary part-time staff and will need to have an understanding of running a similar residence and maintaining the housekeeping to a very high standard.

The owners travel frequently and need to have full confidence their home will be secure and well-run in their absence. They are open to the role being either live in or live out however when the owners are travelling the role would require looking after the resident cat and small dog.

Duties to include:

  • Running the house including the organisation and implementation of systems.
  • Generally running the house to a five-star hotel standard.
  • Hands-on cleaning, washing and ironing.
  • Buying and arranging flowers.
  • Keeping detailed and accurate records, accounts, house inventory and consumables lists.
  • Writing and maintaining a house operations book listing all details of the day-to-day requirements and operating procedures of the property.
  • Liaising with contractors, other internal staff and tradespeople regarding maintenance and general works to the property.
  • Recruiting and managing any household staff required for the general running of the property.
  • Carrying out provisioning, general shopping and other errands (including online shopping).
  • Ideally cooking for the couple on an occasional basis (this is not essential).
  • Preparing and serving snacks and drinks throughout the day when required.
  • Helping with small dog and cat (to include an element of house and pet sitting when the couple are away).
  • Assisting with occasional entertaining requirements.

Full driving licence essential - should you have own car the costs will be reimbursed when used for work purposes. If not in possession of a car then a car can be provided.

Non smokers only

5 day week (some weekends) plus alternate Saturday morning


NOTE: Ideal applicants should be:

  • Non-smokers
  • Fit. Main House is large and on 4 levels
  • Have an eye for detail!
  • Cat and dog friendly.
  • Professional.
  • Courteous and polite - understand professional but discreet service requirements and “front of house” image.
  • Smartly dressed and neatly turned out at all times in smart casual wear.
  • Experienced in a similar position for a reasonable period of time with at least 3 years continued service in one position.
  • In possession of full driving licence.
  • Computer and technology literate.

Initially interviews will take place via Skype.

Salary: £26,000 - £34,000 gross per annum.


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Live-in/out Head Housekeeper

EHS #1345

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