About the Role
Our Clients are seeking an experienced and energetic Butler/Household Manager/Chef to join the team in this private residence.
In addition to being a household manager/butler the candidate will also be required to cook on a daily basis and for formal and informal functions.
A significant part of the role will include the provision of high-end hospitality to dignitaries and VIP guests.
This is a hybrid role combining the duties of a traditional butler, chef and household manager. The role will have overall responsibility for the smooth running of both the private household and the presentation of the whole house to the highest standards of housekeeping.
Given the nature and profile of the property, the Principals sometimes entertain formally, whether that be privately, for the business or for let hospitality. At these times the traditional butler duties are required, working to compliment and supervise an outside chef.
More regularly the family have a more informal, modern lifestyle, and the role will be that of a general household manager combined with a chef for more informal entertaining.
Vacancy duties and responsibilities
Manage and effectively coordinate all household activities
Supervise the housekeepers and cleaners
Assist in the planning of all hospitality including liaison with other staff
Periodic laying up and serving at a formal table and liaison with an outside chef
Periodic preparation and serving of more informal meals for small numbers (less than 12)
Meeting all guests, dealing with luggage, arranging transport and ensuring they are comfortable throughout their stay
Some personal valeting duties and arrangement of dry cleaning
Occasional driving, car valeting and shopping
Care of all antiques (in conjunction with curators), crystal, silver, fine china and linen
Report any missing articles, damage and mechanical problems and ensure they are dealt with speedily
Responsibility for household budget - purchasing, stock control and accounts
Management of the wine cellar
Supervision of tradespeople and contractors
Assist in the management of alarms and do occasional security shifts to cover the holidays and sickness of the caretaking team.
Occasional dog walking/sitting
Follow Health & Safety and security procedures
Liaise directly with the Principal Lady
A flexible can-do attitude
A genuine proven love of service, entertaining, food and wine
Appreciation of historic interiors
Previous experience in a similar role
Fully trained Butler
Confident, professional and welcoming personality
Proficient but not necessarily professional cooking skills, using fresh seasonal ingredients
Ability to motivate and lead a team and work with a peer group
High level of integrity
Full, clean driving license
Impeccable appearance and professional attitude
First Aid training/qualified will be a plus
Health & Safety training/qualified will be a plus
About the Company
As division of Rubert International, Rubert Recruit is a leading bespoke luxury household and domestic staff sourcing and placement agency.
Our specialist recruitment consultants, who come from the same industry, have extensive experience in placing private chefs, governesses, private pilots, private yacht crew, house managers, palace managers, chauffeurs, housekeepers, nannies, and tutors for the ultra-high net worth individuals and their private residences, villas, compounds, and estates.
We take pride in our personalized and discreet approach, ensuring that each placement is tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of our clients.
Our focus on excellence, professionalism, and attention to detail has earned us a reputation as the preferred recruitment partner for the most discerning clients. Trust us to provide you with the best possible candidates who will seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle and exceed your expectations.