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DOMESTIC COUPLE (LIVE-IN AND OUT) For ZURICH AND ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND*                                                                                          CH 9502

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: Fluency in German and or English, drivers license for both, ideally Swiss permit B, 5 years experience and a yachting background

Job Description: For a mature HNW couple we are looking for a domestic couple to work in their chalet in St. Moritz and their property near Zurich. Both must be drivers. Fluency in Germany/ English essential from both.

 

The couple spent their time between the two large properties, whereby the Zurich property also has large grounds and direct access to the lake. The couple enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and entertain more formally up to 10 guests on average twice a month. The gentleman has health issues and adheres to a strict diet while being less mobile. The lady of the house enjoys to cook herself and needs to be supported in the kitchen. A gardener helps when needed at the Zurich properties and there is a small pet dog. The couple spent approx. 2 months at a time in St. Moritz (approx. 5-6 months of the year) and the rest of time in the Zurich property and travelling.

 

The duties of the couple:

  • Overseeing and preparing both household for visits
  • All housekeeping duties (dusting, mopping, wiping, polishing etc.)
  • Taking care of all laundry
  • Carrying out shopping and any ordering
  • Overseeing any contractors and household expenses
  • Reporting any repairs (or carry them out)
  • Assisting in the kitchen when required
  • Cooking to dinner party standard – up to 10 guests
  • Providing drink service when guests arrive
  • Carrying out driving duties
  • Taking care of the grounds (including snow shuffling and chopping wood)
  • Clean and maintain the cars
  • Take care of the pet dog

Requirements for the role:

  • Min. of 5 years’ experience including in Switzerland
  • Excellent housekeeping skills
  • Good cooking skills
  • Knowledge of formal service
  • Both should be practical and hands on
  • Drivers licenses for both
  • Fluency in English/ German for both
  • One must have a boat license
  • Written references from past employers
  • Current security check

The accommodation in St. Moritz is live-in, a double room with a bathroom. In Zurich the accommodation is live-out for which the couple are compensated. Ideally we are looking for couple who have previously worked in the yachting industry. To start asap.


* To comply with Swiss law this position is placed through our Swiss partner agency. Please see Contact page.

Salary & Benefits: Salary depending on experience plus holidays 

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

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DOMESTIC COUPLE FOR DEVON ESTATE, UK                                       UK9428

Candidates on trial.

Key requirements: 3-5 years household experience, excellent knowledge of high end housekeeping and formal service, good cooking skills, both drivers, fluency in English

Job Description: For a formal client we are looking for an experienced domestic couple (housekeeper/ cook and butler/ chauffeur) to manage their beautiful property in Devon, south west England. The house and grounds are extensive and some other staff (1 housekeeper, 2 gardeners, 2 maintenance staff) are employed to help care for it.

This is a large estate which consists of a full time residence/ main property of 6 bedrooms, plus a guest and separate staff cottage and several outbuildings. The couple travel from time to time, there are infrequent visitors, mostly family and there are number of pets (cats and dogs). The household is run formally and has many traditions.


The Housekeeper is responsible for the interior, which includes antiques, fine fabrics and furnishings as well as silver. The housekeeper shops for, prepares and cooks meals (British/ European cuisine) to high standards including dinner parties up to 12 guests. Some of the guests have intolerances to lactose. The duties include hands on housekeeping, checking on work that needs to be carried out, obtaining quotes and overseeing contractors as well as the laundry management, packing and keeping the house tidy and clean to high standards.

The Butler/ Chauffeur is responsible for the cars and driving the Principals as well as providing a drinks, table and valet service when required. The butler/ chauffeur assist with housekeeping duties or in the kitchen, runs errands and cares for the pets. The Butler/ Chauffeur also organizes any events the couple are planning. Both roles report to the Estate Manager, who is mostly office based.


Key for this role is to be able to operate as a team and to be offer flexibility where needed. The couple must have experience in formal service and be hands on. The role is open due to the retirement of the previous couple. Both must have drivers licenses and be well organized. Previous experience of a rural setting is an advantage.

A fully furnished beautiful 2 bedroom cottage is provided within the grounds. All bills are paid for. Meals are not included. Small pets are allowed, but no dependants.

To work 5 days a week including the weekend (2 consecutive days off during the week). 8am – 2pm, 4pm – 7pm with some flexibility, time in lieu given for extra hours.


Salary & Benefits:  £65000 gross a year for the couple plus self-contained accommodation and holidays and use of a car .

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

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