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Welcome to LJW Recruitment - the definitive boutique agency providing you with global Job Vacancies, recruitment news and industry updates.

 

Not all the positions we represent are here and we do our best to update these regularly. We do understand that timing is often of the essence in finding the right position and if you have the right experience, we would like to hear from you to start working together.

 

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Domestic Vacancies

 

 

WELCOME

 

As a member of the Advisory Board of 'Family Office Recruitment', we are pleased to direct you to view their 2014 global report, examining the recruitment market within the family office sector addressing the key issues family offices face, the attraction of family offices for candidates, trends, skill requirements, a look at salary levels, as well as best practices and other important issues. The report is wide ranging and will be of interest not only to family offices themselves, but everyone in the private wealth space, as it sheds some light on this largely hidden market. The report is available to download for free from  www.familyofficerecruitment.com/about-us/family-office-recruitment-report-2014/

We have seen a marked increase in requests by our clients, for LIVE IN staff and therefore we seek new talented individuals, with experience in domestic positions. Please also encourage your qualified and experienced colleagues to register with us. We continually look for new established candidates in the private service industry, and we are here to help.  Email cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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!!  JOBS OF THE WEEK  !!

 

Live In or Live Out Chef - Virginia Waters, UK

We are seeking a Chef for a large private residence in surrey close to Virginia water. You will be catering for the family and staff. The family consists of Mum, Dad and & two young children aged 3 and 6 years. The staff consists of a Nanny who will dine with the children, two Gardeners, 3 Housekeepers, Chauffeur, Security guard and Estate manager. A lunch should be provided for these staff as part of your daily routine.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate a passion for Thai cuisine, the family wish to follow a healthy diet and will rely on you to provide fresh good quality ingredients. As well as Asian cuisine you must also take into account the tastes and preferences of the children too. It will be your responsibility to source suppliers arrange accounts and delivery methods and manage a budget.

During the week: Breakfast is served around 07:15 / 07:30 and is a simple meal for the family and can in the most part be prepared the evening before and served by the early shift Housekeeper. If we have guests however or at the principles request the Chef should be ready for breakfast service. Lunch is served around 13:00 family and 12noon for staff. The children’s bedtime is 19:30 so dinner would be before this. 18:00. At the weekend there is more freedom for the family so flexibility is needed.

The job could be live in or live out, however if you would prefer live out it should be close by. An ensuite room within a two bedroom staff flat the grounds of the estate would be available. The working week would normally be 6 days per week for a live in position. Salary would be negotiable and dependent on experience. The family travel to there home in the south of France for Easter and summer and you would be expected to travel with them during these periods. Driver is essential a non smoker preferred. Salary £35k - £45k pa. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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HOUSE MANAGEMENT / ESTATE MANAGER / BUTLER / CHAUFFEUR VACANCIES

 

House Manager / Housekeeper / Guest Services - Devon,  West Country, UK

We need someone that has full experience on a 5* shooting estate/guests service.  Candidates must understand that the client is not there that much, just a few weeks in the summer, Over Easter & Christmas and the shooting season. However, the properties need to be maintained on a daily basis when the clients are not there.

This is a completely hands on position, and you will have already worked on a Shooting Estate to have immediate knowledge and experience on it's operations and day to day roll out of a shoot.

You will be completely responsible for all contractors and maintenance taking place. You will need to be able to muster an adrenalin/energy rush for the client’s arrival and realise that excellent service is expected as normal. .

The candidate would get a 2 bed cottage with ensuite and a garden. Please note the candidate will also need to look after a very gentle Labrador. This role is for a single person, Male or female, however while we do not need to employ a couple, partners may live in the accommodation provided.

Houses to keep: The Manor - 5 Bed - only really use 3 beds. The Coach House - 2 Bed The Farm House - 5 Bed. There is a gardener and team, plus a handyman. So the candidate’s responsibility is in-house only. When Principles are in residence you will have help, and leading up to their arrival (up to 2 weeks). You will be responsible for hiring the help. You will also be responsible for hiring a laundress for when Principles are in residence.

Days can be long when they are in residence but this is balanced out when they are away.  Average day - 7am-8pm or 12am depending on circumstances. Standard 9-5pm with time off in lieu for the above.

They already have a formal chef for dinners parties but you will be expected to make and prepare breakfasts/ lunches. Candidates will be fully used to looking after silver and antiques. Salary - very competitive. A car is provided for estate duties. Start asap. Email your resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Live in Assistant House Manager - South Kensington, London

As the Assistant to the House Manager, this is a varied role comprising 40% cooking, 30% driving, and 30% everything else (no cleaning). Some travel to Countryside residence in Dorset. Very large house in an exclusive part of Sth Kensington. Uniform provided. although an informal and extremely friendly family, very high end service is required. 5 days. But days off are not necessarily weekends. Salary £32,000 p.a. with lovely separate self-contained accommodation (own entrance).

Cooking is required up to 40% of the time.  Fresh ingredients, cooking from scratch. Only the best ingredients. Good family cooking. Cooking for the children and the parents.  For dinner parties, a chef is usually brought in. Driving (schools runs and to the house in the countryside). Must have Wardrobe Management skills, flower arranging experience, able to supervise and work with small housekeeping team, shopping and general errands. Be vigilant of Home Security. Willingness to Babysitting (children  are lovely and 9 and 15 years old but if the parents go away for a day or two, the employee is required to supervise them. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Russian speaking Travelling Butler - Monaco

Our client is looking to hire a butler, who may be male or female, to join a team of 3 butlers, based in Monaco but the position will involve extensive travel.

Personality, traits and skills-sets: 

§  Because of an extensive travel schedules, candidates must hold European passports (this requirement is non negotiable);

§  Candidates must enjoy travel, and be happy to travel at short notice, and be unflustered when travel locations change at the last minute;

§  Candidates must be immaculately presented at all times.

Experience & Skills:  

§  Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience; 

§  Candidates must enjoy working in a team, and must be use to working in a large formally staffed organisations (boutique hotel|fine dining restaurant|private household);

§  Candidates must be skilled, attentive, with an innate eye for details, with proven food and beverage service skills, including cocktails making, drink & table-service;

§  Candidates must be hard-working, dedicated and always striving to better themselves; 

§  Fluency in English and a good level of spoken Russian is required (Some French or Italian would be an advantage);

§  PC users, familiarity with standard software and use of mobile devices.

Miscellaneous:

§  Must be happy to spend periods on a motor yacht;

§  Must like pets and animals;

§  The employer is happy to provide and cover the cost of professional courses, example: driving and stewarding if required;

§  Couples could also be considered, working as, example: butler and housekeeper combination.

Package:

§  While based in Europe the butlers will work in rotation, 6 weeks on, 2 weeks off;

§  When travelling outside Europe, it may be necessary to change the rotation to 3 months on, 1 month off;

§  Flights and transport are covered between rotations;

§  While working, the roster is based on a 6 day week;

§  Meals and substance are covered while on duty;

§  Health/Travel Insurance is provided;

§  Accommodation: could be required to share with a colleague in hotel or yacht cabin when cruising on the family’s yacht;

§  The salary 3200-3500 Net Euro. (For trial period the salary is 10% less). 

 

Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Estate / House Manager - Doha, Qatar

We re looking for a high level Estate manager for a VIP Client. You will need to show a solid career path, and have experience of managing households that employ in excess of 20 staff. Proven experience with managing both small and large events, which might include formal luncheons, dinners, charity and fundraisers, drinks and canape parties, or cosy family bbq's. Service is utmost, and requires calmness and seamless efficiency. It would be an advantage to speak Arabic or Indian, and hotel management and/or qualifications preferred. Sep accommodation, all bills covered, car, flights, healthcare and salary approx £5,000 per mth. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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House Manager - London, UK

The House Manager is expected to be a member of the management team on this very large 7* premier estate, reporting directly to the Head of Estates, and manage a large number of staff to ensure the day to day running of this property.

The House Manager is expected to have worked at the highest level of service either within the hotel industry or private house for UHNWI. The House Manager is expected to work in partnership with the other members of the management team to deliver the highest level of service, cleanliness and house performance. It is expected that the House Manager will train, support and enhance the knowledge and skills of their team, to help develop the staff and encourage them to deliver even higher standards. Qualifications such as diplomas, NVQ’s , SVQ’s or hospitality management qualifications are preferable. You should be educated to degree level or equivalent, but experience can count for as much as qualifications.

This is a demanding and high pressure role running a private estate at 7* level. This role would best suit someone who is at the very top of their discipline and wants to take themselves and their team to the next level. The investment in this person and their team is a reflection of the value placed on the staff by the principles, and this level of ownership comes with the salary range and benefits you would expect for such a prestigious post. Salary DOE. Start date Oct/November. For further details and complete job description, email cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Daily House Manager – Chelsea, London

Seeking an experienced House Manager with cooking and driving skills, and a minimum 5 - 10 years previous experience in semi-formal residence is a must. The position is responsible for managing the service and day to day affairs of the residence, to maintain high standards and overall efficiency. Schedule is primarily weekdays although applicants should be flexible with schedules for evenings and weekends if necessary. This Principal is not in full time residency (approx 6 mths of year), so some slow periods will be available for projects etc. A team player who is willing to be hands on and resourceful, a spontaneous problem solver with a positive attitude.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Greeting of guests and visitors.
  • Day to day running of the residence to maintain standards and efficiency.
  • Staff management for schedules and light participation with housekeeping.
  • Strong cooking skills with emphasis on healthy meals and to prepare food for cocktail + dinner parties
  • Scheduling and supervision of trades and vendors.
  • Calendar management for social, family and travel itineraries.
  • Coordinate and assisting with event planning.
  • Manage and monitor household inventory, budgets and monthly bills.
  • Regular errands, receiving and sending of packages, general mail and correspondence.
  • Responsible for household manuals and systems.
  • Chauffeur duties for principal. Good knowledge of London streets required.
  • Care and cleaning etc of Antiques – mostly Porcelain – very important to Principal.

 Applicant Qualities:

  • Must be flexible with work schedules and accommodating to being available, as required, by principal’s local and travel itinerary. Principal is not in Full time residence so able to work on own initiative.
  • Applicants must have strong culinary skills for occasional meal prep, menu plans and food & beverage service.
  • Excellent time management, punctuality, multi-tasking and attention to detail with follow through from start to finish along with strong organizational skills are required.
  • Excellent computer literacy, ability to multi-task with efficient time management and communication skills is a must. 
  • A polished professional who is flexible, self-motivated and energetic, who can work as a team player with existing staff in other residences and family offices.
  • Must have a sense and respect of boundaries, exercise diplomacy and discretion.
  • Must maintain privacy and confidentiality at all times. 
  • Must have a valid UK driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.K.
  • Able to travel overseas if required
  • Checkable references

 Salary & benefits will be dependent on previous experience and employment. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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GARDENER / CHAUFFEUR / DRIVER VACANCIES

 

Head Gardener - London, UK

The Head Gardener is expected to support this very large 7*  estate, with a wide range of operationally essential tasks. You will be working in a busy estate where the ability to think on your feet is expected. You will be expected to have extensive experience in the following areas:

·         Clean and maintain all water features across the estate so they are always looking at their best,

·         Responsible to the movement and delivery of all required plants and materials to their required location and the correct operation of any vehicles and equipment.

·         Ensure seasonal planting is planned for and ordered in a timely manner

·         Manage the greenhouse and develop plants and flowers to compliment the overall estate.

·         Develop good composting regimes that support the organic nature of the estate

·         Manage the forestry elements of the estate which include a tree preservation area.

·         Manage historical formal gardens and ensure their longevity within the estate

·         Ensure that all lawns and beds are in the best condition throughout the seasonal changes.

·         Offer advice and specialist knowledge to the estate regarding its ongoing development

·         Manage a gardens team and contractors as required.

·         Budget Control / Stock management

·         Be able to use Word & Excel

·         Work with the Chief Engineer / Facilities Manager and IT/AV managers to deliver the best service across the estate.

·         Any other tasks required to support the estate

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Head Gardener is expected to have worked at the highest level of service either within industry or had experience of working within a private garden for UHNWI. The Head Gardener is expected to work in partnership with the other members of the estate team to deliver the highest level of operational performance. You should be educated to an acceptable level and be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and knowledge within your respective discipline. RHS / NVQ / SVQ / BTEC in Horticulture, Forestry, Floristry and Conservation qualifications are preferred, but experience can count for a lot in this field. Must have clean driving licence (ideally), and DBS cleared. Start Oct/November. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Family Chauffeur / Driver – Virginia Water, UK

Our client is seeking a young and experienced driver for this private household, 3 adults, 2 children, no pets. Main duties: Driving, taking care of the cars, small household errands. Essential childcare (2 boys of 9 and 10 years old) might be involved, e.g. bringing children to school from time to time.

Client will only consider a driver living within approx 30 minutes of the property, as the start time of 7.30am is crucial, and no delays can be accommodated. Car cannot be taken home in the evenings.

Hours of work: Monday to Friday, 7.30am - 18.00pm. There is however a lot of overtime and waiting around, when the family is invited out or e.g. in London for dinner. In lieu, generous amounts of time off is given when Principles are on holidays, or travelling. Salary: GBP 40K p.a. plus fixed loyalty bonus up to a month's salary.  Must have checkable references, and previous experience in working in private service. Must have clean driving licence and be DBS cleared. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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DOMESTIC COUPLE / ESTATE MANAGEMENT VACANCIES

 

Domestic Couple – Cotswolds, Oxfordshire UK

This is a lovely position for a Couple, required for a weekend residence in the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. The family require an experienced Groundsman and Handyman for DIY jobs, and to maintain 12 acres of garden made up of formal and informal gardens, used to operating and maintaining large garden mowers and machinery. Also pool cleaning. She, will provide housekeeping for a 5 bedroom house, laundry and be a capable family cook. Must be dog friendly, and happy to work weekends. Accommodation 1 bedroom very nice and furnished apartment, separate but joined to the main house. Start end of September. Must both have clean driving licences - car provided. Salary £700 npwk. Email resume/s to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Domestic Couple – Hungerford, Berkshire UK

This lovely family with 2 children (plus Nanny) are seeking an experienced couple for their newly built 5 bedroom property. Set in 70 acres of land, a Houseman is required with confident gardening skills, pool cleaning, driving of principle and guests, as well as maintain the stable yard, maintenance; for example; repairing fencing, getting wood, cutting grass, arranging to have the fields cut either by yourself if you can drive a tractor or a company who can cut the top of the grass fields, collecting any rubbish on the drive way or along by the fencing

She will offer housekeeping, laundry, cooking and occasional babysitting on a number of evenings per week (Tuesday to Saturday). Some of this babysitting maybe overnight babysitting if parents are away.

Cooking; cooking at breakfast, lunch time and in the evenings for adults when required, set menus for the week ahead with Employer, cooking and serving all meals for any guests in the house, assisting with setting table, cooking, serving & cleaning up for dinner parties. Hosting dinner parties for not more than 15 people every 2 to 3 weeks. Cooking for kids is done by nanny except on a Saturday.

Working days from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, approx. 45 hours per week, and can vary depending on driving requirements therefore flexibility is required in this position, as driving maybe required at night time or at weekends.

A car is provided with this job and a fuel card. The Employer will pay for car insurance, RAC/AA roadside recovery used by the Employee .

Apartment available for live-in couple, consisting of kitchen, living area, 1 bedroom & bathroom. Apartment has separate entrance outside, also has a connecting door to the main house. All bills for apartment will be paid for by Employer including sky tv and broadband. Start ASAP. Email resume/s to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Domestic couple - Chauffeur, Chef, Houseman/ HK - Isle of Man

An experienced friendly country loving couple are required to work alongside an existing Domestic Couple, to help manage this large property.  The clients have 2 small children, and employ a nanny along with other staff. It is important that the couple have an energetic disposition and a professional approach to their work.

Duties will include: Housekeeping, cleaning, cooking to a high standard, driving and stepping is as handyman for DIY duties as required. Candidates must have knowledge of specialist cleaning techniques and know how to care for special finishes ie antiques, bespoke cabinetry, fine art and silver. In addition candidates must have laundry experience, and know how to care for: silks, cashmere, and fine clothing including customer made suits.

A 1 or 2 bedroom lovely flat on the grounds will be provided, along with a car for work purposes. Regrettably no children or pets. £50,000k pa. Start ASAP. Email resume/s to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Management Couple - Somerset, UK

A stunning newly refurbished property in an idyllic location, requires a live-in Couple, for a family of 5. This is a large 9 bedroom property on 69 acres of land, used as a weekend residence.  You m

ust be fit and active to be able to keep the maintenance of the home to a high standard.  The role would require a very good Housekeeper who is organised and proactive in their duties, see what needs to be done and have a planned approach to keeping the house in pristine condition.  You will provide a turn down service when the family are in residence, ensure fires are prepared in the winter etc.  Cleaning, laundry, ironing and shopping for groceries. A good cook is required to cook for the family, and you must have a love of food and understanding of presentation and so forth.  The family enjoy British and modern European cuisine but also like to try other things.

Looking after the grounds and the gardens is required.  If you are interested in vegetable gardening the family would love you to be involved in the kitchen garden to be able to use the fresh organic produce for the family to enjoy.   Mowing lawns, pruning, hedging, repairing fences etc. and maintaining the outdoor swimming pool. The accommodation being offered is a one bedroom flat adjacent to the main house.  Couples with a dog or cat are welcome to apply.  If you don’t have the exact experience we are looking for but have transferable skills from other roles in your career, please do not hesitate to apply as the family are open to taking a couple with less experience working together, as well as from seasoned professionals.

This will be a weekend residence when the children are at school but a holiday residence for the family during school holidays.  You will work 5 days per week including the weekends with two days off in the week when they are there but when they are travelling and they travel extensively you will be able to have weekends free so your working week will then be Mon – Fri.  Great opportunity with an appreciative family seeking a long-term couple. £50,000 pa DOE. Start ASAP. Email resume/s to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Management Couple - Ibiza, Spain

Our client is seeking a Live In or Daily Couple, to manage a property approx. 300 sq meters, with grounds scaling 1,500 sq meters. They are a professional couple with various business interests. They are based in the UK with English / Italian / Australian / Spanish background, and have an 11 year old daughter.

The house is used approximately 1 long weekend a month through the winter, and 15 days per month in the summer. In the summer the employers often have guests. The house is 4-6 bedroom/bathroom depending on the configuration. It has small grounds and a pool. No pets at present

The Couple will be responsible for overall smooth operation of the residence as the owner’s direct. The owner’s personal style is that they expect things to be well run and professionally. You will manage all housekeeping functions in the residence including, cleaning, laundry. Grounds keeping and routine and preventative maintenance of the residence, assistance with meal preparation including shopping, vehicle care, driving duties, and general errands.

The Couple should have related experience in a similar position, specifically knowledge of property management, culinary skills, serving skills, strong housekeeping skills along with the ability to prioritize and adjust to fit the variable needs of the family.

You will have Spanish language skills to a conversation level, be non smoking, clean driving licence/s and clean DBS or police checks. Salary DOE. Accommodation, a separate one bedroom apartment is available. EU Passport holders only. Start September. Email resume/s to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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PRIVATE CHEF / COOK VACANCIES

 

Head Chef - London, UK

The Head Chef is expected to be a member of the management team on this 7* estate reporting directly to the Head of Estates, and manage their own team of staff, to ensure the day to day running of a premier private estate kitchen. The Head Chef will have overall control of all food and beverage across the estate. The Head Chef will have an exceptional team, handpicked by them to deliver a level of culinary excellence that will set them apart from the average head chef.

The Head Chef will deliver meals with support from the sommelier who can assist with wine choices, in the latest state of the art kitchens which would be the envy of most chefs.  You will be equally comfortable in preparing a formal dinner for 36+ , or a drinks reception for 200 persons, and have proven experience in same.

Qualifications such as diplomas, NVQ’s, SVQ’s or catering qualifications are preferable. You should be educated to degree level or equivalent, and experience and vision are essential. Start November. For more details and job description, email cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Daily or Live In Cook - Belgravia, London

This busy household with 2 children, 4 yo and 1 yo, requires a professional, energetic and trained Cook, to join a small household team of staff. You will be preparing meals for the family on a daily basis, gluten free, healthy, nutritional cooking along with Asian cuisine. You should also be able to follow occasional a recipe book, hence your confidence in the kitchen a must. Breakfast, lunch and dinner required when family in residence.

You will also understand and be competent in basic etiquette skills, such as preparing the table and serving the family at meal times, and be responsible for keeping the kitchen clean at all times. You will also prepare a weekly menu plan, deal with grocery shopping, and willing to go the extra mile.

When the family are away, you will assist the Housekeepers in cleaning duties and laundry, and be a team player with a 'sleeves up attitude' . Hours M-F 7.30am - 7.30pm. Separate staff accommodation is available nearby, should you require. Closest tube Victoria Station. Salary £400 - £550 npwk depending on accommodation requirements and experience. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Private Cook / Housekeeper – Geneva, Switzerland

An experienced and hard-working cook/housekeeper is required to join a team of staff at a large family home, near Geneva. There is a chef/housekeeper already employed at the property who has been with the family for several years. This chef is now seeking a cook/housekeeper to work alongside her, to cover long hours every weekend and approx. 6 hrs per day x 3 days per week during weekdays.

Excellent levels of housekeeping are required and this will be the major part of the duties during the week, a daily laundry lady is already employed. Weekends, cooking to a good family level will be required as well as some light housekeeping. These clients like healthy, Mediterranean style cuisine, grilled meats, fresh fish, salads and lots of fresh vegetables etc.

There is also a younger child to cook for who does not necessarily eat at the same time as the parents. This is a demanding role and requires a candidate with excellent cooking skills, lots of energy, active, young at heart, good with children, (as they will be spending time with the children at weekends), good at working within a team, used to working in a UHNW household, and have the ability to respond rapidly to the employers requests.

Candidates must speak fluent English, have a driving license as some occasional driving of the three children will be required, and be multi-skilled and flexible in approach. The Principals’ generally travel throughout all school holiday periods and at this time, the staff are able to have extra ‘down time’ as well as their usual days off.

There is no long term accommodation at the actual property but for the first few weeks an en-suite bedroom can be offered in the staff quarters and the British chef/manager says she will assist in finding a rental apartment, the employer will cover all monthly costs of renting an apartment nearby. There is also the possibility of taking over the lease of a one-bedroom apartment presently occupied by the family tutor, who is leaving at the end of her one-year contract in September.

These clients are very good employers who, although demanding, treat their staff extremely well. Salary: EU4knet neg pm. Start date: ASAP (latest end Aug/early Sept. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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HOUSEKEEPER / LADY'S MAID / WARDROBE VACANCIES

 

Deputy Head Housekeeper / Wardrobe Mistress - London, UK

The Deputy Housekeeper is expected to report directly to the House Manager, and manage a large number of staff on a daily basis to ensure the day to day running of a premier 7* private estate. The Deputy Housekeeper is expected to work with the other members of the management team to deliver the highest level of service to the principles. You will be expected to be hands on and lead by example if appropriate to the situation. You will be expected to have extensive experience in the following areas:

·         Management of a full house team to the highest level of personal service to the principles.

·         Wardrobe management for principles to ensure all choices and seasonal requirements are met.

·         Support Budget and Resource Management plans to include events and private functions, Prepare, reforecast and manage budgets and expenditure

·         Support consumables requests with other departments and agree delivery times and liaise with security on delivery access

·         Constantly review housekeeping standards and future materials that may be used in conjunction with environmental concerns

·         Spa working relationship with the Spa Manager and their team

·         Purchase personal items occasionally for principles

·         Good understanding of working with state of the art systems.

·         Laundry management and linen inventory

·         Ensure that all staff are performance managed and regular reviews identify areas such as personal and professional development

·         Care and Maintenance of high end items such as clothes and jewelry.

·         Staff continuation training and personal development.

·         Excellent team building skills.

·         Help develop a standards and cleaning regime manual for staff to follow detailing products used on different finishes.

·         Exceptional attention to detail.

·         Deal with any security issues and escalate to the security manager and head of estates in all instances

·         Stock control and financial management

·         Assist in managing and controlling staff rosters, time management, hire temporary staff and deal with basic HR issues.

·         Event Management experience

·         Circulate throughout all service areas, bars, spa and rooms to ensure all service standards and operational flows are well maintained but never intrude the privacy

           of the Principals, their Family and Guests.   

·         Ensure Health and Safety guidelines are followed and staff are trained and aware of their responsibilities.

Start date Oct/Nov, taking applications now. Salary DOE, plus benefits.  Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Daily Housekeeper - Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, UK

An experienced HK is required for a large Country Estate near Gerrards Cross, working for a VIP family. The Housekeeper will answer to The House Manager, but will be required to work independently, taking initiative and personal responsibility for general housekeeping duties and some laundry work. The Housekeeper may also be required to serve drinks & provide assistance during meal service, however training can be provided if needed. 

For much of the year the family is not in residence and the house is quiet, but the property needs to be maintained in an immaculate and permanent state of readiness; while the client is not in residence the hours of work will be very structured.  

Because the permanent team is small, it must be noted that there will be occasions when The Housekeeper will need to work alone. However, when the family is in the country, a large travelling entourage of domestic-staff, augmented by security, drivers and personal assistants, will supplement the house team. 

During visits, which are sometimes organized with minimal notice, it will be important for The Housekeeper to quickly and seamlessly integrate within the large international team, she will sometimes need to know when to take a back step, allowing the client's personal staff to take over her duties! The Housekeeper must also be seen to make every effort to be flexible, working extra hours whenever possible, working with the house manager and the team to create a supportive and welcoming environment for The Client, Her Family & Her friends. For cultural reasons this vacancy is only open to female candidates. 

There is a feeling that the position could suit someone from the hotel industry who can show that she is keen to cross-over to a position in private service. 

Candidates must have a calm personality and be discreet, well presented, and professional, have a keen eye for detail and show that they have all the necessary skills and confidence to work in such a household. 

Uniforms will be worn and provided. This is a secure and prestigious role, where your professionalism will be rewarded with excellent benefits and perks. Starting as soon as possible, the salary will be in the region of £25,000 per annum + contribution to travel. Note: From Marleybone Station, it takes 15 - 20 minutes on the train and is 19 miles east of London fyi. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Travelling Lady’s Maid & Wardrobe Mistress - Monaco

We are looking for an experienced travelling Lady’s Maid who will have gained her experience in any or all of the following environments:

1   As a Lady’s Maid working for private clients;

2   The world of high design, couture or tailoring;

3   High end fashion retail stores;

4   As a recognised Fashion Stylist.

It is important that candidates are able to show a proven ability not only in looking after and caring for beautiful items of clothing and accessories, but that they also exhibit a real passion combined with an understanding of the fashion industry, and come with an established black book of contacts (designers/tailors/specialist cleaners/specialist repairs/direct factory contacts/health and beauty specialists etc).

Candidates will be relied on to be meticulous, inventory savvy, and come with an acute and innate eye for detail and sense-of-style.

An overview: 

- To Travel with The Principal, to various European and International destinations, which will include long periods on the family’s yacht;

- To create and maintain an accurate inventory of clothing and accessories;

- To create and maintain an accurate inventory of toiletries and personal items needed by The Principal and then to make sure there is an adequate supply of everything;

- To manage the wardrobe in its entirety;

- To manage Packing and Unpacking, maintain inventories of items packed for every trip, while ensuring that everything is folded in a proper manner, pressed and steamed as required;

- To manage the packing and transport of The Principal’s jewelry and items of value; 

- To assist with shopping and returns;

- To oversee and manage VAT returns;

- To assist with the private matters of The Principal while maintaining complete and total discretion;

- To serve The Principal, while in her suite, drinks and refreshments as requested; 

- To travel ahead with luggage, setting up The Principal’s wardrobes and bathrooms in the prescribed fashion;

- To work with The Principal’s Private Office, establishing the schedule to ensuring that everything is packed for the events that The Principal will attend.

The Lady’s Maid Candidates must speak English fluently, and it would be helpful if they spoke French and or Italian and even some German. Candidates will work a rotation system that will provide them with 3 months off each year. Remuneration will be generous and tax free – and travel, health cover, hotels and subsistence will all be covered. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Housekeeper - St Moritz, Switzerland

We are looking for a housekeeper with proven skills, which she may have acquired in:

1   Deluxe or Boutique Hotels;

2   Private Households

The role will be based in St Moritz, but requires candidates to be able to travel at least 3 months per annum, which will include periods on the family’s yacht. 

Primary Responsibilities/Objective of the Housekeeper: The housekeeper will work in a small team to maintain the private residence in a perfect ready state for the clients who use the property as a secondary home throughout the year, but especially during the winter/ski season. The property must be kept clean and tidy at all times, inside and out, to an exceedingly high standard, in readiness for occupation. This includes ensuring that floors, windows, carpets, curtains, upholstery, furniture etc. are cleaned or polished in an appropriate manner on a regular basis and that appropriate care is taken to preserve the quality and appearance of all furniture and other household effects. Professional cleaning advice should and can be sought when appropriate. 

Other duties may also include:

    Flagging maintenance issues

    Walking family or guest’s dog;

    Running errands

    Overseeing wardrobe care

It is also important that candidates have a good understanding of general wardrobe care so that they can look after clothes and accessories, pack and un-pack, steam and press, organize dry cleaning etc.

Salary: 4000 CHF and when travelling an additional 500 CHF monthly, employed through a Swiss Employment Contract. Start date: 1-9-2015 (if possible to start a week earlier to learn alongside the housekeeper who will be leaving

Languages: Excellent English is a perquisite, while it would be helpful when dealing with the family members or their guests, if candidates could speak any of the following: French, Italian German and even Russian - useful. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Live In Housekeeper / Cook - Norfolk, UK

This is a live in cook/housekeeping position for a mature female principle, and her occasional guests, within a property on a large managed Estate. You will have full responsibility for the housekeeping of her home, ensuring it is kept to an excellent standard at all times, including the laundry.  You will plan, shop for and prepare meals as required and in her absence, you will be responsible for the security of the home.

 Specific Duties: 

  • To prepare, cook and serve daily meals as required.

  • To ensure that menus are planned in advance so that shopping can be done and waste is kept to a minimum.

  • To ensure menus are planned and agreed well in advance for guests, events and busy periods.

  • To pick and use all available home grown produce and freeze vegetables suitable for freezing.

  • To ensure the kitchen is kept clean and organised at all times.

  • To take responsibility for the housekeeping and cleaning by working efficiently, diligently and with excellent attention to detail.   To supervise the part-time housekeeper.

  • To ensure that daily, weekly, monthly and less frequent housekeeping tasks are all carried out on time, recorded and to the correct standard.

  • To change bed linen and towels weekly and in preparation for invited guests.

  • To ensure that the laundry is completed in an efficient manner.

  • To ensure that guests are warmly welcomed and looked after.

  • To replenish log baskets and lay fires.

  • To empty bins and look after waste recycling and compost.

  • To seek assistance from the Estate Property Team to resolve any maintenance issues that cannot be addressed by the post holder.

  • To run errands as required.

  • Any other duties that may be required.  This is flexible role that will often involve duties not listed above.

Skills, knowledge and experience: 

  • A fully competent cook with experience of preparing menus and meals using seasonal produce suitable for a country house environment.  Ability to cater for flexible numbers and changes to plans.

  • An experienced housekeeper able to carry out housekeeping and laundry in a rigorous, methodical and diligent way.

  • Experience of working within a private household and delivering both housekeeping and cooking duties.

  • Ability to manage your own workload and consistently meet expectations.

  • Be hardworking, flexible, energetic, conscientious and trustworthy.  

  • Have a genuine commitment to work to the highest possible standard with excellent attention to detail. 

  • Be good at taking direction but also able to work under your own initiative and solve problems.  

  • You must be a good English speaker with excellent communication skills. 

  • Ability to drive. (Car is available during working hours).

  • It is likely you will enjoy living in the country and be fully committed to working in a country house.

This position is provided with a self-contained 2 bedroom cottage situated just outside the boundary of this Estate.  No cats permitted.  Partner ok.

Your working pattern will include weekends and evenings and a flexible approach to this is essential.  Usually two days off per week will be given if possible consecutively, but not necessarily so.  You will be required to work 6 days per week during busy periods.  Holidays must be taken at agreed times. Salary £25,000pa. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Head Housekeeper - Isle of Man

An experienced Head Housekeeper is required to join a team, for a large, modern private estate in the South. Family with 2 children, and 2 large dogs. Great opportunity for a motivated, highly organised HK who can be versatile and professional. Although this is a senior role, you must be hands on with all aspects of cleaning, laundry and ironing, along with running errands, flower arrangement, house dressing, baby and dog sitting, and server at dinner parties. Must drive due to location. There are stables on the property so experience with horses would be great, but not vital. Accommodation is a 2 bedroom flat on site. Salary £30 - £35,000p.a. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Daily Housekeeper - Virginia Water, Surrey, UK

This busy and beautifully maintained property with 3 adults and 2 children, are seeking a Daily Housekeeper to work a rotating shift, to relieve other Housekeeper. You will work 4 days on – 4 days off – and back to same again ie 4 days on - 4 days off  etc. Reporting to a House Manager, you will start at 7am to 7pm with some flexibility if entertaining. £33,900 gross pa. Start ASAP. Note: You will need a car as the property is not near a station, or have someone drop you off and pick you up daily. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Daily Housekeeper / Cook / Nanny - Chelsea

English family ideally seeking a mature French, Italian or Spanish native with very good English skills, to assist children with homework, but this is not absolutely essential. Would possibly suit an individual who has their own grown up children – this for the experience and flexibility, understanding the requirements of a busy household. Children aged 2 & 4 yrs old.

Duties:

Housekeeper duties: While the children are at school/nursery: washing, ironing, cleaning, vacuuming, ordering food, shopping, collecting and delivering dry cleaning, post office errands etc to make sure the house is stocked with everything we need. 

All childcare duties including taking to and from school and activities, organising activities, playing with them, as well as helping in their development (good manners, physical and mental development). (During school holidays the role will move more towards childcare and less housekeeper. We will get an additional cleaner during these times as needed).

Cooking duties: Cooking healthy, nutritious food from scratch for the children and cooking evening meals that can be warmed up for my husband and me or laying out and preparing ingredients that we can easily cook when we get back from work. 

Hours: Standard hours: 7.30am-7pm Monday to Friday. A little flexibility required at times subject to Parents work schedules. Possible travel with family in school holidays, and some proxy parenting – overnight stays, when parents away for work. Must have full drivers licence. Salary £35,000 pa. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Live In or Daily Cook / HK - South Kensington, London

Our client is seeking an experienced Cook to prepare for a family of 4 (2 children aged 11 & 13 yrs old), healthy wholeseome breakfast, lunch boxes for the children, light lunch for parents who work from home, and family dinner (meat and vegetarian). Must be dog and cat friendly too, 5 in total, and some food should be prepared for the animals too. There is a cleaner in place, but would like someone when there is downtime in the kitchen, to have a sleeves up attitude and if see something that needs cleaning, get on and go. The family travel regularly and you may travel too, or remain in the house and 'spring clean'. Must have EU passport. Tues - Sat 7.30am - 9.30pm with couple of hours off during the day, Sun & Mon off, or if possible 5.5. day per week neg. Room available in Live in. Must have checkable references. Start ASAP. £450 - £500 npwk. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Executive Head Housekeeper - United Arab Emirates

Our client is seeking an experienced Head HK to join a large team, managing multiple properties and working alongside their respective housekeeping teams. You will have strong staff management and training experience, deal with inventories, maintenance and household manuals, and expert knowledge in caring for fine arts and antiques, fabrics etc Previous 5* hotel experience is essential. An excellent tax free salary offered, an apartment, use of a car, medical insurance, return flight home and other benefits. DBS will be requested (can be organised by agency), along with checkable references. Start ASAP. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Laundress and Laundryman - London, UK

We are always searching for both male and female experienced candidates, working in either dry cleaning or hotel laundry environments, to work in VIP private household's. Must have care and knowledge of fine linen, delicate clothing etc and use of iron press. Should you have this experience, please email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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TUTOR / GOVERNESS / NANNY / MATERNITY NURSE VACANCIES

 

Daily Nanny / Housekeeper / Cook - Chelsea

English family ideally seeking a mature French, Italian or Spanish native with very good English skills, to assist children with homework, but this is not absolutely essential. Would possibly suit an individual who has their own grown up children – this for the experience and flexibility, understanding the requirements of a busy household. Children aged 2 & 4 yrs old.

Duties:

All childcare duties including taking to and from school and activities, organising activities, playing with them, as well as helping in their development (good manners, physical and mental development). (During school holidays the role will move more towards childcare and less housekeeper. We will get an additional cleaner during these times as needed).

Housekeeper duties: While the children are at school/nursery: washing, ironing, cleaning, vacuuming, ordering food, shopping, collecting and delivering dry cleaning, post office errands etc to make sure the house is stocked with everything we need. 

Cooking duties: Cooking healthy, nutritious food from scratch for the children and cooking evening meals that can be warmed up for my husband and me or laying out and preparing ingredients that we can easily cook when we get back from work. 

Hours: Standard hours: 7.30am-7pm Monday to Friday. A little flexibility required at times subject to Parents work schedules. Possible travel with family in school holidays, and some proxy parenting – overnight stays, when parents away for work. Must have full drivers licence. Salary £35,000 pa. Start September. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Live In Nanny – nr Colchester - Essex, with travel to Cape Town (South Africa) & Tuscany (Italy)

This international family are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic and experienced Nanny to care for their 7 month baby, and all nursery duties. The baby is very well behaved and developing well, but may have some issues with his hearing therefore must have clear spoken English (no heavy accent), in order to assist with his learning.

When in the UK, the family are based in a very cute and small village, namely 'Britain's First Roman Town' near beautiful and historic Colchester (70 mins by train to Liverpool Street), and spend Nov – April in Cape Town, and July – Sept in Tuscany. The ideal candidate will be experienced with this age group, and also be flexible and happy to travel. Languages would be an advantage.

Sole and Share Charge. Monday to Friday and occasional weekends. A small flat is provided in the grounds of this lovely property and when abroad, a private room in other locations. Driving licence preferred because of location and would be useful for independence, but not essential. Car will also be provided.

Clean DHS & First Aid required, and excellent checkable references. Open to all age groups, however with no dependants and free to travel. An excellent role for the right person. Salary DOE. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Travelling 'French speaking' Nanny - Global travel

Our client, a full time working mum with a 2 year old daughter, travels extensively and therefore we are seeking an experienced and responsible TOP nanny, with a flexible disposition, who can also adapt to last minute changes and a hectic schedule. You will work 2 weeks on 24/7, and have 2 weeks off, and continue with this rotating 2 week schedule, alongside another Nanny already in situ.

You will not only provide childcare but have a ‘good all rounder’ and ‘sleeves up attitude’, to assist mum with some private PA duties, wash dishes, tidy up if needed etc. Seasonal locations include London, Stockholm, Verbier, St Tropez, New York, St Barts. You will present professionally and be well groomed, understanding social protocols etc when travelling, and more relaxed when at home base. You will have clear English and be fluent in French

Should you have your own home in one of these cities and prefer to return on your 2 weeks off, the Principle will pay for your flight home every fortnight otherwise, accommodation can be arranged full time. DBS, First Aid and childcare qualifications desirable. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

 

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EXECUTIVE SEARCH & COMMERCIAL VACANCIES

 

 

Executive Assistant - Mayfair, UK

The EA/PA is expected to support the Head of Estates with a wide range of EA/PA/Accounts and administration tasks. The EA/PA is expected to work with the Head of Estates, and other members of the management team to deliver the highest level of service to the principles. You will be working between 2 locations: a busy private estate and also a family office. You should be educated to degree level and be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and knowledge within your respective discipline. It is expected that you will have at least five years’ experience and the large proportion of that at a senior level within your discipline. Start Oct/Nov. For details and a Job Description, email cv@ljwrecruitment.com

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Should you wish to introduce your candidature to LJW Recruitment, please email cv@ljwrecruitment.com with a brief on your requirements, availability and salary / package etc.

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