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Private Households - 

Domestic Couples


LIVE-OUT DOMESTIC COUPLE FOR MULTIPLE PROPERTIES, SWITZERLAND*                                                                                          CH 9426

Role on hold.

Key requirements: 3 - 5 years’ experience as a domestic couple, fluency in German and or English, great organizational, cooking and practical skills

Job Description: For a HNW family we are looking for an experienced live-out Domestic Couple to oversee several properties in Zug/ Zurich, Switzerland. Both must have acute eye for detail, be flexible, hand-on and one must be able to cook. Drivers only.

The family owns several properties, including a main residence, apartments and offices. There are pet dogs and there is no entertainment. The households are run informally.

All properties are regularly serviced and checked to varying degrees depending on occupancy. If the couple are in residence generally no staff is required (only when they go out). The apartments of the children are cleaned and serviced weekly. There are two other housekeeper/ cooks to oversee. The Domestic Couple coordinates and oversees the work that is carried out.

This role is newly created to assist the current housekeepers and to elevate the office workload. The role reports to the family office.

The duties shared between the couple:

 -     Clean properties to high standards and according to requirements this includes dusting, 

       mopping, vacuuming, polishing, wiping surfaces either as pre-scheduled or on demand

-      Ready the properties for family visits

-      Inspect properties to ensure the standards and requirements are met

-      Take care of all laundry, iron and sort items for dry cleaning

-      Shop for fresh ingredients and to exact requirement; stock up cupboards and fridges (expiry 

       dates need to be observed)

-      Prepare healthy Mediterranean cuisine family meals (often pre-cooked for the weekends)

-      Take in deliveries and store items

-      Care for plants inside

-      Report any work that needs carrying out and oversee contractors

-      Liaise with the Personal Assistant of the family office

-      Run errands and look after the dogs on occasion

-      Oversee the IT, AV and TV

-      Maintain properties (small paint jobs, fixing furniture, hanging painting etc)

-      Gardening (cutting lawns, watering, weeding, planting seasonal plants)

-      Clean and valet cars and keep fuelled

-      In time schedule staff and contractors

The requirements:

 -      3-5 years private household experience

-      High end hands on housekeeping skills to high standards and ability to work independently

-      Basic maintenance and gardening skills

-      Good knowledge of IT/ AV and TV

-      Excellent knowledge caring for luxury materials (cashmere, silks, leather etc.)

-      Family cooking skills (including lactose free) and identifying quality produce

-      Acute eye for detail and flexibility

-      Excellent communications and organisational skills

-      Fluency in English or German – additionally Italian and French are desirable

-      Clean drivers’ licenses for both

-      Be able to supervise and work in as a team

-      Good knowledge of Swiss everyday life, if possible

 

We are looking for candidates who have a natural affinity for detail and high standards, who are friendly, discreet, efficient, conscientious and very trustworthy. Excellent reporting and coordination kills and the ability to follow instructions are vital for this role. The client is very particular about all aspects of their lifestyle.Ideally candidates should have good practical and technical skills, be able to mend things. To start as soon as possible.

This role is also advertised as a single Housekeeper position.

Written references from past private employer will be required as well as a security check.

The hours are approx.. 8.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday with some Saturday work (time in lieu given).

* 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

Seeking candidates now. .

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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