Noordhoek, South Africa
BUTLER/HOUSEMANAGER/GENERAL FACTOTUM/ PA
SOUTH AFRICA – NOORDHOEK
Required for wonderful, important, privately owned residence, with fabulous gardens and extensive grounds, set high up in the mountains with ocean views.
The residence consists of a beautifully renovated main house with 4 guest houses (which are rarely filled). There are about 20 garden staff including Head gardener employed and 2 permanent staff in house, including the butler/housemanager and a housekeeper. (Seasonal staff contracted in as extras as and when needed include a Chef and second housekeeper.)
The position is uniformed & hands-on and while it is a more senior post, assisting the housekeeper in a hands-on manner is required, as well as supervising the seasonal housekeeper & contracted casual staff.
Ability to lay up and serve at table, serve drinks and canapés and also to meet and greet guests is important.
You should have excellent Personal Assistant skills and be computer literate, able to submit accounts at the end of the month in Excel to the accountant.
Ability to organise contractors, vendors, and act as general Household Manager, reporting to the clients when they are not in residence.
You must be a driver, willing to drive the employers’ prestigious cars and their guests occasionally and there is a car available for work related chores.
Clients maintain other foreign homes, so are in residence usually November through April with other occasional trips. Dog lover is essential as the couple have a 7-year-old Standard Poodle. Delightful Anglo/Irish couple with no children.
Negotiable salary with delightful all found large 2-bedroom staff accommodation – regret no dependents. STRICTLY NON-SMOKING POST. FULL BACKGROUND CHECK TO BE CARRIED OUT AND REFERENCES CHECKED. (HU3894)
BUTLER / HOUSEPERSON / DRIVER / PERSON FRIDAY
Experienced, full-time, live in person to work with an existing domestic couple and other household team members including a House Manager, Chef and Nanny.
The family consists of two principals, four children and a small dog.
The property is used for weekends, holidays and during Christmas.
Between you, the following responsibilities would be shared:
Heavy housekeeping such as changing lightbulbs, changing plugs and cleaning internal windows.
Cleaning outside areas/furniture
Household maintenance/handy person duties
Serving the family both informal & formal dinner settings
Driving the principals when required
Assisting with overseeing the contractors
Washing, laundry and ironing to a high standard
Maintaining inventories for housekeeping supplies
Assisting with chef with washing up, preparing light snacks, juices, and smoothies
Ad hoc tasks and errands as required
We need the kind of applicant who is willing to learn and be trained in this families likes and dislikes and a person that will work well in a small team, and who takes pride in their work.
A hardworking, “like to produce results,” hands on, person with a very good eye for detail, who is diligent and reliable. Able to use your initiative and a person who likes to contribute - striving for perfection.
A good level of both written and spoken English is essential as is driver who must be a very confident driver and ideally technically savvy too. DBS check will be required, with excellent references.
Excellent self-contained accommodation and salary (Circa £40,000) are on offer for this lovely long-term client of ours. (HU3371B)
Country Estate outside of Quebec City
Country Estate outside of Quebec City
An experienced daily butler is required for a private family based at their private residence located at their country estate outside of Quebec City. Under the supervision of the family members and the Head Butler of the residence you will be responsible for the proper maintenance of the family residence (s) and its activities; this will need to be done with the utmost discretion and confidentiality. You will be working alongside a team of staff in this position.
Duties will include the following:
• Property Maintenance
Additional responsibilities will include
Candidates must have a minimum of two years of similar work experience with the practical knowledge of maintaining the maintenance of a large private residence. You should have good computer skills as well as strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Candidates must have a sense of initiative and have the ability to work as part of a team as well as independently. You should be professional, discreet, and trustworthy. Candidates must be able to prioritise tasks and have strong problem-solving skills.
Flexibility and confidentially are essential for this position. Non-smoker essential. A French speaker is a bonus. Driver required.
Salary negotiable based on experience. (HU3896)
DAILY BUTLER (LIVE OUT)
A wonderful opportunity for an experienced and professional butler to work for a private UHNW client based at their private residence in Southern California.
We require an energetic, flexible, trustworthy candidate for this role. You should be a self-starter who is switched on, hardworking and proactive with strong communication skills.
You should have strong technical skills as the residence is a “smart home”.
Candidates must have a hands-on approach with a great eye for detail and be a team-player with a warm and friendly manner.
There will be occasional travel, so it is essential that you are flexible and have the freedom to travel when required.
Duties will include:
• Front of house
• Meeting and greeting the principal and guests
• Working in a proactive manner; anticipating the needs of the principal and guests’
• Training staff
• Working closely with all members of staff to ensure the properties are always running smoothly
• Liaising with the chef regarding menus, provisions, etc.
• Providing all Food & Beverage service
• Table service
• Maintain inventory, antiques, and China
• Schedule and supervise builders, contractors, etc.
• Manage budgets
• Manage wine cellar
• Event and party planning
• Working in a formal and informal setting
This is a full-time role working 5 days per week with flexibility. This is a daily role / live-out. Health insurance and 401K included. Negotiable salary based on experience. (HU3891)
HEAD BUTLER/ASSISTANT PALACE MANAGER
Essential requirements: Extensive experience in a formal VIP household as a senior butler. Management or supervisory experience.
Ability to take control of all areas in the absence of the palace manager.
Working with a family of 6 and a staff of around 20 people, the successful candidate will be responsible for all interior departments and ensure that the household runs without disruption.
Prepare and manage rotas for staff in housekeeping, F&B service, laundry and also miscellaneous personal staff (nannies, therapists etc.)
Training, mentoring and supervising staff so that they achieve the highest levels of performance.
Researching appropriate products for the household, ordering/shopping for personal items for principal as necessary and otherwise directing purchasers appropriately.
Arranging regular maintenance, deep cleaning and inventories at appropriate times so that the family's living arrangements are not disturbed.
Maintaining records and performing administrative duties as needed.
Excellent negotiable salary which is tax free at source. Accommodation, car and private medical insurance provided. Flexible 6-day working week (HU3864)
HEAD OF INTERIOR - BUTLER / CHIEF STEWARD – MULTILINGUAL 71M NEW BUILD YACHT
Essential Skills: Previous private yacht experience, expert butler and valeting skills, team management skills, organised, flexible.
A permanent position on board a 71 metre privately owned yacht for a multilingual Chief Steward/Butler/ Head of Interior. The yacht is currently in sea-trial stage.
Cruising is currently planned for the Mediterranean during 2022 and the Caribbean during 2022/2023. Thereafter, cruising schedules are to be arranged. The yacht will be able to accommodate 12 guests, including the Owners and their family.
The Owner has an exceptional global reputation and expects a very high standard of service at all times. The-best-of-the best. He is seeking a long-term professional relationship and is known to expect complete dedication and commitment.
We therefore seek an experienced person with expert skills in all butler and valeting duties. Formal butler training and a strong grasp of Mediterranean languages are preferred. The candidate will be knowledgeable in etiquette and protocol and have experience in the delivery of a discreet, confidential and unobtrusive service.
The yacht will house a collection of fine art, antiques and objects d’art and it is therefore imperative that the successful candidate be fully conversant in the care of these artefacts, fine silver, crystal, china, cigars and wine.
Our Captain is highly thought of in the yachting industry and will be bringing with him to the vessel an established team with which he has worked successfully for up to 15 years. The successful candidate will need to integrate seamlessly with the team on board.
As the head of Interior the candidate will have exceptional organisational and team management skills while also being able to assist the Captain and Chief Officer with some Purser related duties which will include cash and credit card accounts, crew administration and logistics, the maintenance of budgets, inventories, stock control records and provisioning.
The successful candidate will be a cooperative team player, somebody who is able to train junior staff and who takes pleasure in teaching by example with professionalism so that crew members with lesser skills can, with the correct assistance and encouragement, come to the forefront and shine. A team orientated mind set, cooperative nature and a positive ‘can do’ attitude are a must.
Compliance with a team structure and the Captain’s command, together with an ability to cooperate and complement the Head Chef and other department heads is fundamental, as is an ability to work harmoniously alongside all other crew members.
Absolutely top negotiable salary package depending on experience. Rotational role is a possibility. (HU3779) Start ASAP
HOUSE MANAGER / BUTLER
A lovely position for a long-term Hutchinson’s client based in Gstaad. This is a great opportunity to work for a delightful International Businessman / Entrepreneur.
The position requires a self-sufficient, motivated and proactive candidate who is looking for a varied role in a private residence.
Duties will include
Candidates must be switched on and have the ability to prioritise tasks as well as ensure the smooth running of this private residence. This is a family environment who do entertain and therefore you should have formal service knowledge.
Fluent English essential, German, French or Italian would be a bonus.
5-day working week with flexibility. Accommodation provided; large bedroom with ensuite in the residence. Negotiable salary based on experience. (HU3842)
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CO-AGENT - SHE'S IN SWITZERLAND
RESIDENTIAL HOUSE MANAGER / BUTLER/ FAMILY COOK
Essential Requirements: Previous private house experience, Good technical skills, Hands-on, Exceptional attention to detail – Good family level cooking. Driver essential.
Experience with SMART home and computer literacy preferred.
We have a fantastic position for a dedicated and flexible house manager/ butler to work as part of a team taking care of a beautiful country house near Reading.
The ideal candidate will have experience running and taking care of the interior of a private household. This is a combination of both a formal and informal household, a large country house, refurbished SMART property on a very beautiful estate. The successful applicant must be resourceful and self-sufficient. The property is maintained to extremely high standards.
We are looking for a meticulous, hands on, Household Manager/Butler to oversee, manage and work alongside a team of staff. Exceptional attention for detail with a “can do” attitude along with being highly discreet and professional are essential.
You will be required to have very good administrative skills as you will be managing budgets, expenses, inventories, etc. The property has many special finishes and fine furnishings. Experience with care of artwork, fine finishes and fabrics is a great advantage. It would be useful if successful applicant had a good technical understanding of the property (plant rooms, pools, boiler rooms, Creston, dealing with contractors etc.) Hands on is extremely important as this is not a job for someone sitting in the office all day.
The Estate is fully staffed, and you must have a helpful and positive attitude and work well within a team. The property has 9 bedrooms and 3 guest houses and is situated on 1000 acres of land.
Duties to include but not limited to:
This is a part time residence; the working week will be on a rota system to ensure the family’s needs are met.
Start date: As soon as possible
Accommodation: 2-bedroom basement apartment
Working week: 5days (on a rota system)
Salary: £55-60,000 Gross depending on experience
Sorry no pets or dependants. Driver essential. (HU3901)
Ireland with Travel
TRAVELLING BUTLER / VALET
CARIBBEAN / USA - NOVEMBER to APRIL
IRELAND & OTHER EUROPEAN LOCATIONS – MAY to OCTOBER
Essential Requirements: Previous Long-term Private House Experience, Drivers License, Good Technical Skills, Flexibility to Travel
This is a wonderful role for a butler / valet to join a happy team providing first class table, F&B service and front of house skills and know how to take care of a cellar, fine glassware, china and objects d’art.
Candidates must have a superb personality and the ability to get on with existing members of long-term Staff. You will ideally have formal house experience and/or a butler training diploma.
This is not a management position, but for a butler with a totally hands-on approach and who has a great eye for detail, whilst at the same time being a team player and one who has a warm and friendly manner.
You will need to be technically minded and able to deal with high-tech systems including iPad’s, computers, smart phones, sophisticated phones, Sky boxes, Sling box and general computer systems etc. Ideally you will have a passion for these things and an in-depth knowledge of all functions and addition benefits of highly automated homes.
The vacancy includes travel from early November through May, where you will be employed in the owners’ other home in the Caribbean and Florida. There will also be additional travel to Europe, so freedom to travel is essential.
Full staff, all very long-term are employed in both households by these charming clients.
Candidates are required to be completely computer-literate, have a clean current driving license and a long-term work record in a similar role with excellent references is essential.
Salary 50-60,000 Euros Gross per annum (based on experience) together with accommodation. Team rota of working covering 2 shifts 06.30am to 3pm and 3pm to close of house. Start date ASAP (HU2091)