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Domestic Couples


MANAGEMENT COUPLE FOR SEYCHELLES                                          SE 8402

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: 5 years’ experience as a couple, staff management skills, indepedent, organized, resourceful, French and experience in warmer climate/ yachting a bonus

Job Description: Fantastic opportunity for an experienced Domestic Couple to managed a stunning property in the Seychelles. Must have previous staff management experience.

 

The client, a lovely family with 4 children owns an 8 bedroom holiday residence within a large landscaped garden on Mahe in the Seychelles. The grounds include a gym, sauna, swimming pool as well as jet skis, cars and golf karts and the interior is stylish, of a high spec including wooden floors.

 

There are four permanent gardeners. All other staff are only contracted locally on a temporary basis for guest visit. The family, staff and entourage can be as many as 40 people max and the family alone are usually around 15. Family and friend visit approx. 16 – 18 weeks a year. The entourage stay in local hotels, which the domestic couple are required to book.

 

The setting is very informal, relaxed and holiday style – the uniforms are shorts and polos shirts – yet the service level is very high. The local language is Creole. Speaking French is a bonus.

 

The duties:

-      Manage staff including hiring a successful local team

-      Maintain property and grounds to a high standard

-      Supervise housekeeping and ready property for visits

-      Organize family diners, events, trips and entertainment

-      Supervise kitchen to deliver high food standards of healthy dishes

-      Keep accounts

-      Report on the state of the residence and obtaining quotes

-      Supervise contractors

-      Assist with cooking and service if required

 

The candidate requirements:

-      5 years’ experience as a domestic couple (at least 3 years managing staff)

-      Excellent management and communication skills

-      Great administrative and reporting skills

-      Must be hands, able to carry out work themselves if necessary

-      Be independent and able to work autonomously

-      Have a good level of physical fitness (grounds and property are large)

-      French speakers a bonus

 

The accommodation provided is a self-contained apartment within the grounds. It includes washing machines and driers. There is no room for visitors to stay but there are local hotels nearby. There are two cars that belong to the residence and can be used privately. No dependence.

 

The hours of work:

When family in residence: 6 days a week, 10 hours a day –  with a break for lunch.

Without guest: 5 days a week, 8am till 6pm

 

We are looking for candidates who have previously worked as a management couple’s role either in remote areas or as a couple on board a super yacht. The skills required are resourcefulness, flexibility, being exceptionally well organized, culturally aware, able to plan ahead, think outside the box, being well presented and able to multi-task. Candidates must be able to deliver a five star service, motivate staff and be energetic. The client is keen to find a couple who are happy to commit to a 2 years contract (with a bonus and potential renewal). The couple should be able to deal with seasonal decorations, suggest and book trips by helicopter or seaplane and ensure visitors are able to enjoy their stay. Previous experience of working in warmer climates with high levels of humidity and insects is an advantage.

The present couple are moving to a different location within the organization and are on hand for a hand-over and support. Information on best local produce for instance will be passed on. Many of the staff have stayed with this family for many years.

To start as soon as possible. Written references from past private employers will be required as well as a DBS security check.

Salary & Benefits: EUR 6000 net per month for both (under a Seychelles contract) plus a food allowance of EUR 1500 (net) per person – food costs are high on the island. Please note that this is a two year contract after which a discretionary bonus is paid out. The contract may be extended. Other benefits are health insurance, holidays and flights. Twice a year the couple are entitled to one economy class return trip. Vacation time is 10 weeks per year, pre-approved and preferably taken twice a year (2 breaks of 5 weeks). Any legal fees required to commence this role are covered by the employer.

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

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DOMESTIC COUPLE FOR LUCERNE/ LUZERN, SWITZERLAND          CH 8383

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Key requirements: 3 years’ experience, fluency in German and English, ability to travel, both drivers, ideally with Swiss work permit

Job Description: For an elderly lady we are looking for an experienced Assistant Domestic Couple (housekeeper/ cook & maintenance/ driver/ gardener) to live and work near Lucerne, Switzerland including travel. Drivers only and dog lovers essential. German and English is required.

The property comprises 5 bedrooms over 5 storeys (including a steam bath) set in 4-6 acres of grounds of primarily woodland and lawns and includes a guest cottage and staff house. There are two full-time gardeners employed and a large young dog is cared for by the staff. In order to provide a smoother service and higher standards, the Assistant Domestic Couple are to work as a team alongside another domestic couple who have been employed many years and who also live on site.

The Owner travels frequently up to 1 week a month, mostly within the EU. The Assistant Domestic Couple are to accompany the Owner to ensure smooth travel and assistance if needed. Accommodation and subsistence is provided while travelling.

Most weeks the Owner invites friends for lunch and has family stay several times a year, which usually last 2 days with up to 8 guests. Once a year there is a larger party of approx. 50 guests. All entertaining is informal. There is no uniform.

The Owner has Parkinson’s Disease and does not require nursing or 24/7 care, but general high quality assistance.

The duties are:

- Housekeeping, cleaning and caring for the laundry

- Packing and unpacking

- Cooking of light meals

- Maintenance and gardening duties

- Driving Owner to engagements

- Travel (mostly within the EU) with the Owner when required

- Caring for the pet dog

 

Staff accommodation is a 2 storey house with two 2-bedroom apartments each with a living room and bathroom. Utility bills are taken care of. Pets are allowed but no dependants.

To work Mon – Fri and be on call every other weekend to assist with meals, care for the dog and help if the alarm goes off. A more formal schedule of work hours will be discussed. At present the chef works mornings, is free in the afternoon and work in evenings till 7.30pm. The housekeeper works from 8am – 5pm. A car is provided for work use. Shops are a 10 min walk away.

We are looking for an honest, committed and experienced couple, who should speak fluent German and English. Fluency in French and a Swiss work permit are an advantage. We are looking for good all-rounders (any specialist repairs are carried out by contractors) who are flexible with high standards and attention to detail. Candidates should be well presented with at least 3 years’ experience in private household and the ability to travel freely.

Previous written references from private employers are essential as well as a current security check. To start as soon as possible.

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

Salary & Benefits: Excellent salary depending on experience plus holidays and accommodation

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

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