Live-in Head Housekeeper
Surrey, Salary circa £32,000-£34,000 gross per annum
A Country house in Surrey requires an experienced, energetic and capable Senior Housekeeper who is experienced and confident to take on additional Assistant Estate Manager duties.
This is a hands-on role and will be perfect for a meticulous Housekeeper with good energy levels.
You will be working alongside various other staff members and will report to the Estate Manager.
The applicant must have proven previous experience in this role, have excellent communication skills, preferably fluent in English (spoken and written), and have a calm and patient disposition.
The main house has 10 bedrooms and various reception rooms, and you will be responsible for keeping them in pristine condition.
There are also 2 smaller houses off site that will need cleaning and preparation for family visits from time to time. Transport will be provided for this.
The Principal is not permanently resident and the year is split into two working modes:
In winter the Principal is not often resident and makes infrequent visits. During this time, maintenance, building and repair work is done, and the pace of work is more relaxed.
During the summer the Principal and family visit for longer periods of time and it is exceptionally busy. You need to be completely flexible and robust in order to cope with the extra demands. During this period additional cleaning staff and a Chef are taken on to help maintain 5* standards.
In addition to exceptional cleaning skills, you must be able to interact with people of different ages and from different cultures empathetically. Whist cooking is not essential, it will be a plus.
It is essential that you have a driving licence as there will be the occasional driving from time to time. The Principal is looking to make a long term placement.
You will need to be willing to undergo a DBS check and also a basic medical examination.
Days of work: Monday to Saturday when the principal is in residence, and Monday to Friday when the Principal is not resident. A quick check of the household on a Saturday morning will suffice. When the Principal is resident complete flexibility is required (days off will be given in lieu).
You will report directly to the Estate Manager.
Accommodation: A beautiful, rent-free, furnished 3 bedroom cottage
Start date: can be flexible, although the current Head Housekeeper is due to leave beginning of May.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm
Salary: circa £32,000-£34,000 gross per annum, paid monthly. Discretionary performance bonus.