Head Butler / Household ManagernnnnA private household is seeking to recruit a Head Butler with House management skills, to ensure the households are maintained immaculately and operating at the highest standards.
The primary responsibilities within the residences will be managing the efficient function of the households and staff. nnYou will have a hands-on approach and be willing to be personally involved in daily tasks, as well as overseeing the rest of the household staff.
nnYou will have integrity, strong work ethic and good communication skills. You must be trustworthy and able to demonstrate that you can handle confidential information appropriately.
nn nn nnRequired Qualifications and Experience nnnMinimum of 5 years of experience in private households, hospitality, hotels or restaurantsnMinimum of 5 years of experience managing staff teams, rotas and proceduresnButler qualifications and experience of serving customers, diners, guests or a Principal directlynFull clean UK driving licensenWardrobe and clothing management experience is an advantagenHappy to travel at short noticennnnnKEY RESPONSIBILITIESnn nnThe HouseholdnnnResponsible for upkeep and efficient function of the main residence in South West London, secondary property in Central London and a third property in Dorset.
nEnsure the highest standards are maintained within the households, in terms of presentation and provisions. nMaintaining household lists, checklists and inventories.
nCo-coordinating maintenance projects within the household, such as servicing of appliances, window cleaning, carpets cleaning.
Dealing with a network of preferred contractors and trusted suppliers. nOccasional picture hanging or other smaller household jobs when required, e.
g. changing light bulbs, small repairs etc. nRe-stocking of non-scented candles, light bulbs, fire wood and other household consumables.
art, arranging repair / replacement where necessarynnnnnStaff ManagementnnnOverseeing household staff : chefs, valets and housekeepers.
nEnsure the chefs are planning weekly menus and all regularly ordering all catering provisions. nEnsure the household staff are following correct procedures (and any adjustments are passed on in a timely manner).
nCollaborating with the security team and gardening team to ensure cohesive procedures and smooth running of the household.
nCommunicating with other household staff on behalf of the Principal nRegularly communicating with Director of Operations to ensure smooth running of properties, informing of any issues found by either yourself or your team that require attention.
nProvide suggestions and direction regarding improvement within the household procedures and routines. nYou will be trusted with the keys for the household, and will be provided with a debit card for expenses as and when required.
nnnnCandles lit before guests arrive (lunch – all scented candles, dinner – scented candles and candles in conservatory)nBlow out candles at the end of the evening and replace lidnCheck soaps in bathrooms dailynMaster bathroom and guest bathroom cleaned each evening after usenSetting fireplaces daily, lighting fireplaces before guests arrive.
done in the evening. For events – once guests sit for dinner)nPolishing silver and cutlerynArranging, changing and watering flowers dailynnnnCooking for the Principal when the chefs are awaynCarry out any other task the Principal may reasonably ask.
nnn nnTravel and HoursnnOccasional travel overseas to properties within Europe, when Principal is hosting significant events, or travelling ahead of the Principal to prepare household for arrival.
nnRegular travel to the clients other UK property on the Southwest coast, to prepare household for arrival or post-departure.
nn nnLocation nnMain location is South West London (main residence), but expected to travel to other residences in the UK and Italy.
nn nnnnHours & Salary : nnWorking 5 days per week, including one or two weekends a month, according to rota. Flexibility will be required when events are hosted.
nn£45,000 - £50,000 DOEnn nn nnnn*Please note we cannot guarantee a response to every application* n