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Private Households -Housekeepers


LIVE-IN HOUSEKEEPER, SUNNINGDALE, SURREY                              UK 9443

Seeking candidate now.

Key requirements: 3-4 years private family experience (incl. living in), high end housekeeping skills, good organizational talent, flexibility, 

Job Description: For a HNW couple setting up home in the UK, we are looking for an experienced, reliable and flexible Housekeeper to work 5 ½ days, separate self-contained accommodation provided, dog lover essential and ideally a driver. 

The couple are moving to the UK and require help in setting up and running the household to high standards. Both are busy professionals who often work from home and travel at least once a month. The house has 4 bedroom and is set in a large garden which is taken care of. The interior is modern, stylish and includes silverware, art work and both have extensive designer wardrobes. On occasion there are visitors who stay over for short periods. The household is semi-formal with uniforms. The Principals own two young German Shepherds, who will need looking after (feeding) when both travel.

The duties of the housekeeper: 

  • Cleaning and deep cleaning property
  • Unpacking and setting up all laundry cupboards, houseware and wardrobes
  • Cleaning, mopping vacuuming, dusting, polishing surfaces and floors
  • Prepare breakfast (training provided by the Private Chef, if necessary)
  • Making beds daily and changing linens
  • Daily cleaning of bathrooms
  • Taking care of laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing
  • Hand washing delicate items
  • Cleaning of silverware and crystal
  • Feeding dogs and letting dogs out into garden
  • Setting alarms
  • Reporting to Principals on any work that is required
  • Taking and dealing with deliveries
  • Overseeing contractors if required
  • Running errands

 Requirements:

  • 3-4 years private housekeeping experience within a family setting (not hotels)
  • High end housekeeping skills
  • Great attention to detail
  • Flexibility and proactive
  • Smart home knowledge 
  • Basic cooking skills (breakfast)
  • Able to care for dogs (feeding and letting out) when Owners travel
  • Fluency in English

The couple is looking for a friendly, competent housekeeper who is very reliable, hardworking and flexible. The housekeeper should be well organized and know how to set up cupboards and care for extensive designer wardrobes including shoes and hand bags. When guests stay over the housekeeper may be asked to work the evening (and therefore have the following morning off). Candidates should be well presented, trustworthy and well organized. Good communications skills and a positive attitude are essential. The couple is seeking a long term commitment.  

Accommodation is a self-contained well-presented one bedroom apartment with WiFi and TV and has a separate entrance. A uniform (blouse/ polo-shirt) will be provided, worn with black trousers. Food is not included. To start early 2019.

Written references from past employers and a current DBS security check will be required.

The hours: 8.30am – 5.30pm with an hour for lunch, Monday to Friday and 2-3 hours Saturday morning (making beds/ cleaning bathrooms).

 

Salary & Benefits: £ 33000 - £35000 gross a year depending on experience.

 

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LIVE-OUT HOUSEMAN/ GARDENER, CHELSEA, LONDON                  UK 9439

Candidate on trial.

Key requirements: 3 years private family experience and good, knowledge of maintenance and gardening, flexibility 

Job Description: For an informal family of four we are looking for a permanent houseman, live-out for Chelsea, London. Previous experience of private families and gardening essential. Drivers license a must.

The property has 4 bedrooms and a large garden with a terrace. The parents are professional with two school going children. There is a p/t housekeeper employed who cleans in during the week in the mornings (and takes care of the laundry). The family is looking for someone who can assist with running the house as well as the garden. The lady Owner is a keen cook and the household is run informally.

The duties:

  • Oversee any light maintenance
  • Keep garden and outside area tidy (jet washing)
  • Cover furniture
  • Plant and prune plants (seasonal plus border)
  • Cut and care for lawn
  • Keep two cars clean
  • Assist with the admin of the cars
  • Drive children to activities
  • Oversee contractors and take in deliveries
  • Assist the housekeeper with housekeeping (clean, dust, tidy), if needed
  • Shop for and store food
  • Pre-prepare meals if required
  • Run errands (dry–cleaning etc).

Requirements:

  • 3 -5 years previous family experience
  • Good knowledge of DYI and house maintenance
  • High end housekeeping skills
  • Good knowledge of plant and lawn care
  • Clean drivers license
  • Flexible attitude

The family is looking for an all-rounder who is happy to assist where needed, someone who is practical, hands on and very flexible. Candidates should speak fluent English, be reliable and trustworthy. The family is looking for a long term commitment.

Written references from past private families essential as well as a current DBS security check.

The hours are 8am – 5pm with an hour for lunch, Monday to Friday and occasionally ½ Saturdays (time in lieu given). To start as soon as possible.


Salary & Benefits: £ 38000 - £45000 gross a year depending on experience.

 

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LIVE-OUT NANNY/ HOUSEKEEPER WITH TRAVEL, LONDON, UK       UK 9435

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: Reasonably local to London Oxford Circus, at least 5 years' nanny and housekeeping experience, ability to travel with family

Job Description: For a professional German family we are looking for an experienced mature nanny/ housekeeper to take care of the household in the mornings and look after the 3 year old daughter in the afternoons (30%).

The family has an apartment in Central London (Oxford Circus tube station) and travels much within Europe during the school holidays and will stay up to 2 months in their French villa on the Cote D'Azur in the summer. The housekeeper accompanies the client when travelling and is given time in lieu for any overtime worked. While travelling (the family always stays in very good hotels) the nanny/ housekeeper is provided with a room of her own. All travel expenses and meals are covered. Another part/time housekeeper is employed to assist with the cleaning. 

The duties:

- General light housekeeping

- Shopping and preparing simple meals for dinner (some guests at times)

- Looking ater the daughter when she returns from Kindergarten at 12noon, play with her or take her to activities.

This is an informal household and the family is keen to seek someone who is mature, without commitments, settled, stable, with a positive outlook, friendly, sensible and experienced in child care and housekeeping. The nanny/ housekeeper should acknowledge the wishes of the family and integrate to become part of it.

Candidates should be well presented, organized and live within commutable distance to Central London and be highly flexible. Driving is an advantage. We are looking for English speaking candidates who have at least 5 years’ experience as a nanny/ housekeeper. To start as soon as possible. Current CRB/ DBS check and written references essential.

The working hours are 5 days a week from 9 -  5 or 10 - 6 at £15 an hour. Extra hours & babysitting are paid extra. 


Salary & Benefits: £15/ hr plus holidays

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LIVE-OUT HOUSEKEEPER FOR FAMILY, ZURICH/ ZUG, SWITZERLAND*                                                                                                                               CH 9427

Seeking candidates now.

Key requirements: 3-5 years private experience, good cooking skills, fluency in German and one other EU language, must have drivers license/ car, be well organized and have flexibility

Job Description: After returning from their holidays, a HNW family is looking for an experienced live-out Housekeeper to clean several properties in Zug/ Zurich, Switzerland. Must have acute eye for detail, be flexible, hand-on and 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 assist. The role reports to the Household Manager who is based at the office and the PA who assists.

The duties:

-     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

-     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

-     Carry out light maintenance (change of light bulbs)

-     Care for plants inside and where possible outside the homes

-     Report any work that needs carrying out and oversee contractors

-     Liaise with the family office

-     Run errands and look after the dogs on occasion

The requirements:

-      3-5 years private household experience

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

-      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’ license

-      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 skills 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 skills, be able to mend things. To start as soon as possible. Polo shirts and shoes will be provided. Fuel expenses are compensated.

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) but can vary occasionally.

 

*To comply with Swiss law this role is placed through our Swiss partner agency please see Contact page for details.


Salary & Benefits: Salary depending on experience.

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PRIVATE HOUSEKEEPERS/ HOUSEMEN/ HEAD HOUSEKEEPERS

If you have extensive experience working as a housekeeper, houseman or head housekeeper for private clients and have excellent knowledge of caring for high end materials, then we please contact us to register.

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