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Private Households - 

Butlers/ House Managers


PROPERTY MANAGER OF THREE CHATEAUX, SW FRANCE                  F 9431

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: fluency in French and English, previous private household experience and hotel background, highly organized and good staff management experience

Job description: For a new client a Family Office who own three large chateaux in France we are looking for a property manager to manage the private family visits and the commercial side of the operation.  Fluency in French/ English a must plus drivers’ license.

The chateaux (two 4 bedroom, one 6 bedroom property) are located in the south west of France, have been newly refurbished and updated (one to be completed shortly) and are surrounded by gardens and orchards as well as outdoor pools and tennis courts within the grounds. The properties are furnished to high standards in a mix of modern and antique furniture, stylish yet relaxed. The French American family are based in Paris and they themselves and their extended families visit the properties. For about 50% of the rest of the year, the properties will be let commercially (special events/ sole occupancy only). The bookings are handled through an agent. This is a newly created role and the venture is new although the family office has run similar operations successfully in another country.

Most of the local staff have been taken over from the previous owners and are in place.

 

The duties of the Property Manager: 

  • Ensure the properties are maintained well and to high standards
  • Oversee repairs and contractors
  • In charge of housekeeping and kitchen-
  • Hiring of local staff (e.g. chefs) and staff training, if required
  • Manage staff schedules and work load
  • Travel between properties
  • Oversee the administration of the properties
  • Liaise with the agenty and family office and report back
  • Provide local information/ front of house contact
  • Ensure properties are secure (and closed down when needed)

We are looking for a French/ English speaker who has previously managed several private properties and who has hotel training/ background. Knowledge of French systems, billing, admin is vital. The role has strong front of house elements and will include hands on skills when required as well as administrative strengths. Well organized, able to take the initiative and think ahead, excellent problem solving skills, great communicator and people skills, Candidates must be able to drive and work well under pressure. Previous experience in France is essential.

To work 5 days a week with flexible hours. During events or family visits 6 days may be required (with time in lieu). A car is provided.

Written references from past private employers and a recent security check will be required.

 

Salary & Benefits:  EUR 70000 – 80000 gross a year (contracted with bonus), accommodation provided within the grounds of two of the properties (for the third a local apartment is rented).

  

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YACHT & PROPERTY MANAGER, PORTO CERVO. LAKE COMO, ITALY  I 9432

Seeking candidates now

Key requirements: Private property and yacht management experience, fluency in Italian and English, excellent service skills and standards

Job description:  A new client a Russian family who own several properties are looking for a Yacht/ Property Manager to be based between the Porto Cervo villa, the 70m yacht (mostly Med trips) as well as another large villa on Lake Como. Fluency in Italian/ English as well experience in of working in Italy essential.

The Russian family with 2 young children and a small team of travelling staff live permanently in Russia but for their holidays visit Italy (and for weekends). Standards are high and some local staff are employed.

The duties of the Yacht/ Property Manager:

  • To maintain the service standards in all properties
  • Train staff
  • Ready properties and yacht for visits
  • Ensure exact requirements are met and exceeded
  • Liaise with local contractors (incl. florists, hairdressers, architects)
  • Provide local information and organize trips if required
  • Hands on service or housekeeping if needed
  • Very occasionally travel back to Russia with family
  • Organize family events
  • Liaise with the family office and Captain

Requirements::

  • Fluency in Italian/ English, Russian a bonus
  • Previous work experience in Italy
  • Experience of private households and yachts
  • Service and/ or hotel training
  • Acute eye for detail
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Excellent reporting skills and flexibility

We are looking for a highly organize individual who has an excellent understand for a demanding environment with an outstanding eye for detail. The main reason for this role is to maintain and streamline standards throughout. Flexibility is key as well as the ability to think ahead, take the initiative and have exemplary manners, able to lead by example.

Accommodation provided (yacht/ hotel room or apartment). The Lake Como property has a self-contained house within the ground which can be the base for this role.

To work 6 days a week, 8am – 6pm with some flexibility during the preparation and delivery of visits and events. There is considerable downtime when the family are not in residence.

 

Salary & Benefits:  Salary depending on experience, holidays, accommodation and transport (local cars provided)

 

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