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Live-in Butler/House Manager

London, Kensington, Competitive Salary

EHS #3271

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Start date: June 2020
Location: Kensington

Our client is actively looking for a Housekeeping Manager or a “hands-on” Butler - someone to drive, provide valet service, as well as various other duties, the job description is pretty exhaustive.  The right candidate will need to feel comfortable being 100% in charge of the property.

Responsibilities

Property Maintenance

  • Overseeing the general upkeep of the property
  • Liaising and meeting vendors and suppliers
  • Updating household manuals
  • Reactive and proactive maintenance of the property on a regular basis
  • Ensuring the safety and security of the household at all times
  • Regularly interacting with the Household Manager in relation to property maintenance
  • Follow up on contracts for the entire household in collaboration with the Household Manager
  • Supervising the maintenance of the garden in collaboration with trusted suppliers

Housekeeping

  • Daily cleaning in accordance to presence or absence of the owners
  • Overseeing the general cleaning of the property on a bi-monthly basis
  • Purchase of cleaning and home supplies
  • Looking after the management of the laundry: washing and ironing of the clothes, including delicates
  • Shoe polishing
  • Window cleaning
  • Maintenance of the gym area

Automobiles

  • Looking after the cleaning and tidying of both household cars
  • MOTs and servicing: booking, management and report of faults to the Household Manager

Other

  • Responsible for pick-ups/drop offs of the family
  • Responsible of children’s logistics (children attend 4 different boarding schools) in collaboration with the Household Manager
  • Responsible for food shopping and running errands when necessary
  • Assist with the packing when/if necessary
  • Assist with the preparation of the school uniforms on a bi-annual basis (winter/spring)

Qualifications and skills

  • Hospitality background preferred
  • Bilingual English/French speaking candidates will be preferred. Other languages (such as Spanish) are a plus
  • Experience in household and residential service
  • Experience of formal service of fine wine and food
  • Must cook
  • Valeting skills
  • Experience in caring for fine arts, antiques, silver, china and cars
  • Ability to anticipate others’ wishes and adapt accordingly
  • Experience in delivery of a discreet, confidential unobtrusive service
  • Experience with having children around and responding to their needs
  • Knows London well and is an insider in the city (knows where “the best of” can be found – at the best price)
  • Is thrifty and able to keep a budget for the household

Personality Traits

  • Familiar but not friendly to the owners, warm but professional in their approach
  • Happy to work around children
  • Enjoys looking after the family’s pets
  • Flexible and happy to work on weekends when/if necessary
  • A gentleman at heart, polite, charming, well-spoken
  • A natural multitasker
  • Is independent but knows equally the importance of working together to achieve the best results
  • Is an etiquette expert and will use this knowledge at the right time
  • Has great presentation skills and is able to represent the household when necessary

Accommodation:  The basement of the house is equipped with a large double bedroom with ensuite bathroom + kitchen completely separate from the rest of the house.

Salary: Present with expectation 

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Live-in Butler/House Manager

EHS #3271

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