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Private Households - 

Butlers/ House Managers


TRAVELLING HOUSE MANAGER/ BUTLER (LIVE-IN), SWITZERLAND* CH9500

Seeking candidates now. 

Key requirements: Fluency in English, Spanish and Italian, work experience in Italy/ Spain and Switzerland, good cooking skills, formally trained, excellent organizational skills, independent and flexible 

Job description: For a HNW gentleman we are looking for a House Manager/ Butler to travel between Spain, Italy and Switzerland. Must drive and speak fluent English, Spanish and Italian. Formal butler training essential.

The gentleman owns three large properties in Mallorca, Tuscany and Graubünden in Switzerland. There are part time housekeeping staff and gardeners in some of the properties. The gentleman spends his time between the properties and invites friends and family to stay – parties up to 12. There are no pets. The interior is stylish and fitting with each of the locations including marble floors, wooden beams, furs and silks.

The duties of the Travelling House Manager/ Butler:

  • Open and close properties
  • Organize additional staff if needed
  • Stock up cupboards and fridges
  • Oversee any works/ contractors
  • Deal with household accounts
  • Plan events and parties (up to 30) twice a year
  • Cook to dinner party standard – local chef is hired for larger parties
  • Provide drinks and valet service
  • Pack and unpack
  • Provide driving duties (pick up gentleman and guests from airport)
  • Book trips for guests and help with requests

 Job requirements:

  • Min 8 years’ experience
  • Butler trained
  • Experience of each location/ country
  • Clean drivers’ license
  • Fluency in English/ Spanish/ Italian
  • Ability to cook well and healthily
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Polished presentation and acute attention to detail
  • Flexible and punctual

Working hours: 5 days a week (6 days when guests are staying with days in lieu), 8-10 hours a day with flexibility

Accommodation in Mallorca and Tuscany are self-contained apartments within the grounds. In the canton of Graubünden an specious apartment above the garage. The role is contracted in Switzerland. To start from April 2019


*To comply with Swiss laws this placement is made through our associate agency in Switzerland. Please see Contact page for details.


Salary & Benefits:  Between CHF 85000 - 100000 gross a year (liv-in) depending on experience

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HOUSE MANAGER (LIVE-OUT), HOLLAND PARK, LONDON                  UK9440

Seeking candidates now. 

Key requirements: Butler/ house management trained, expert in valet service, acute eye for detail, very good cooking skills, driver, flexible attitude 

Job description: UPDATED/ STILL LOOKING 22nd Jan 19

For a HNW family in Notting Hill we are looking for a second House Manager to work alongside the current one. Formal valet skills, driving and cooking skills essential. We are looking for house managers who had formal house management/ butler training.

The family lives in a very large house which is fully staffed including housekeepers, nannies and drivers. The interior is of the finest, including the furnishings and couture wardrobes. Standards are very high. The family have several young children and frequently travel from 3-6 weeks. The current chef works from late morning till late.

This new role is to assist and share the workload of the current house manager. Both house managers are to work in 10 hour shifts over 6 days to cover breakfast and dinner. Good cooking skills are essential and a willingness to learn from the private chef how to prepare simple healthy meals to high standards.

The second house manager is working in tandem with the current one, offering great flexibility by being able to step in where needed at any time (driving, errands, cooking a snack, etc.). The house is run semi-formal with formal occasions and there are several dogs.

The duties:

  • Prepare and serve breakfast (in shifts), training provided
  • Pack and unpack
  • Provide a refined valet service to the gentleman
  • Lay tables, serve meals and drinks
  • Oversee housekeeping
  • Ready rooms (lights, fires, candles)
  • Manage contractors
  • Take in deliveries
  • Liaise with family office
  • Prepare meals (on chef’s day off) to high standard
  • Run errands, take dogs out for walks, babysit, if required
  • Drive family members, if required

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years# experience as HM ideally in the UK
  • Formal training in house management or butler service
  • Expert knowledge of valet service
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Excellent communications and management skills
  • Highly discreet and very flexible
  • Able to work as a team and be proactive
  • Clean drivers licence and current DBS 

The family are looking for a polished House Manager who is refined in formal service skills (knowledge of valet and drinks service, table laying, flower arranging, fine wines, welcoming guests,  etc.). The House Manager should have very good cooking skills and take guidance from the current private chef. We are looking for someone who has a trained eye with exceptional manners, able to quickly assess what is required and deliver a very high standard of service throughout and consistently. Flexibility is key for this role.

Written reference from past private families will be required.

Since the family travel much and there are two people covering the role of house manager role, there is considerable downtime when the family are away.

Hours: 10 hours a day for 6 days a week (first shift is 7am – 5pm)


Salary & Benefits:  Between £70000 - £80000 gross a year depending on experience and training.

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TRAVELLING BUTLER/ PA (LIVE-OUT/IN), GENEVA, SWITZERLAND*  CH 9438

Seeking candidates now. 

Key requirements: Fluency in French and English, (ideally also German), formal butler training, previous travelling experience with a family, including concierge services, own accommodation in Geneva

Job description: For a discerning couple based in Geneva, we are looking for a travelling permanent Butler/ PA, live-in wihile travelling/ live-out in Geneva. Fluency in French and English essential (ideally also German) as well as formal butler training.

The couple have a large property on lake Geneva and employ a housekeeper and gardener. Both travel extensively and are seeking a formally trained butler who will travel with them. There are no pets and the couple rarely entertain at home, but frequently go out. Travel is around 70- 80% of the time. UPDATED - the couple are now seeking a live-out Travelling Butler/ PA since one of the housekeepers needed the live-in accommodation.

The duties are:

  • Pack and unpack, arrange clothing and care for it
  • Arrange all travel and transport (including private travel)
  • Manage both their diaries, nook social engagements and set up small events
  • Provide a concierge service on location (book restaurants, shows etc.)
  • Serve drinks (pre-dinner) and pack/unpack
  • Prepare light meals on occasions
  • Oversee the household in Geneva including contractors
  • Liaise with the family office
  • Deliver personal requests and run errands

 Requirements: 

  • Formal butler training
  • Extensive travel and concierge experience globally
  • Private service experience of at least 8 years
  • Fluency in English/ French – ideally also German
  • Impeccable manners and absolute discretion
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Clean drivers’ license a must

The couple seek a candidate who is very pleasant and positive minded, discreet and polite at all times. Previous experience of travelling with a family is paramount as well as good knowledge of liaising with pilots and captains. The butler/ PA must be able to adjust to sudden changes in schedule, think well ahead and cope well under pressure as things can get hectic.

This is now a live-out role for Geneva. While travelling a single room or apartment will be provided, depending on length of stay. All subsistence is covered while travelling.

The hours are 8am – 6pm with an hour for lunch, Mon- Fri with flexibility and time in lieu when travelling. To start as soon as possible. Written references from private employers will be required as well as a current DBS check.

 

*To comply with Swiss laws this placement is made through our associate agency in Switzerland. Please see Contact page for details.

 

Salary & Benefits:  Approx. £75000 gross a year depending on experience (updated due to live-out status in Geneva).

For more information please email us or call +44 (0) 207 193 8421 

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