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Live-out Housekeeper

South West London, Salary £35,000-£40,000

EHS #2460

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A private family household are seeking to recruit a Housekeeper to assist with the running of multiple properties for the Principal.  Primary responsibility will include an oversight of household organisation, ensuring areas such as laundry and cleaning run efficiently and to a high standard.  Every day you will need to be directly involved in doing laundry and the cleaning yourself.  You will be responsible for the overall appearance and atmosphere of the house, both on a day-to-day basis and during hosted events.  You will work closely with the Principal of the household, assisting him directly with valet, wardrobe and personal duties.  The role will require occasional travel with the Principal.

We are looking for someone who has a hands-on approach and is willing to personally involve in daily household tasks.  You will have a strong character and good communication skills.  You must be trustworthy and able to demonstrate that you can handle confidential information appropriately.

Location:  South West London

Reports to:  Household EA and Private Secretary

Key Responsibilities

Cleaning and Laundry

  • Responsible for all cleaning that happens across the properties, ensuring staff have the correct products and equipment to maintain the highest standards.
  • Clean personally on a daily basis.
  • Responsible for the function of the laundry, ensuring clothes are correctly cleaned and stored appropriately.  This includes taking care of delicate clothing.
  • Do laundry personally on a daily basis.
  • Ensure that laundry equipment is maintained and used correctly.
  • Perform daily turndown.

Appearance and Upkeep of Properties

  • Responsible for correct lighting and atmosphere across properties, eg candles and lights on and off at the right times.
  • Ensure all other aspects of properties are presented correctly, eg clocks running at correct times, soap dispensers filled.
  • Travel ahead of the Principal to prepare other properties.
  • Work with other household staff to report faults and complete maintenance jobs as necessary.
  • Book and manage external contractors where necessary.

Personal Valet and Wardrobe Duties

  • Responsible for organisation of an extensive wardrobe with thousands of items.
  • Outfit selection for the Principal.
  • Work with other household staff to pack and unpack for the Principal when he travels abroad.
  • Maintain photographic inventories for packing.

Service and Events

  • Daily table service as required.
  • Assist with events hosted by the Principal at properties.
  • Prepare the property before events.
  • Clean the property after events.
  • Assist with service where necessary during events.

Communication and Working with Others

  • Provide support and input to senior members of the household team to ensure that the routine of the house is clear, organised and well-staffed.
  • Work with the Private Office where applicable to discuss arrangements relating to the household and Principal.

Hours:  09:30–21:00, 5 days per week, working two weekends per month.  Events and travel as required, both to rural locations in the UK and internationally.  Some requirement to respond to calls and messages outside of working hours.

Salary:  £35,000-£40,000 (dependent on experience)

Candidate Profile:

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in private households, hospitality, hotels or restaurants.
  • Experience of serving customers, diners, guests or a Principal directly.
  • Familiar with cleaning and laundry.
  • Good standard of written and spoken English.
  • Right to work within the UK.
  • Able and willing to drive in the UK.

Preferable Qualifications and Experience

  • Wardrobe and clothing management experience.

Personal Attributes

  • Hands on approach, willing to be personally involved in cleaning and laundry.
  • Attention to the detail.
  • Positive and can-do attitude.
  • Team player who enjoys working with different types of people.
  • Confidence when dealing with big personalities.
  • Able to operate in a flexible and changing environment.
  • Copes well with last minute requests.
  • Trustworthy and handles confidential information appropriately.
  • Happy to travel at short notice, sometimes for extended periods.
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Live-out Housekeeper

EHS #2460

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