A beautiful large Estate near Godalming, Surrey, GU8, are looking for an experienced Live-in Head of House/Senior Housekeeper to join their team. You should have a full driving licence for this role.
A beautiful Estate near Godalming, Surrey, GU8, with a large mansion house and various other properties, set in a stunning location with landscaped grounds and lakes. The main mansion and Estate are undergoing significant refurbishment and construction work. Currently, the only staff member is the Estate Manager. They are looking for someone to come into a managerial but hands-on role as a Head of House/Senior Housekeeper. You will start your position towards the end of the project to help get the house ready for the family and assist the Estate Manager with hiring the rest of your team. This is a prime and rare opportunity to be involved with the Estate's commissioning and handover process from the principal contractor to the family. Eventually, you will be in charge of the housekeeping team, but your role will still be very hands-on - this is not a sole office role. The family do have dogs, so you must be happy around animals.
You will be responsible for ensuring the delivery of all aspects of day-to-day housekeeping and hospitality in the house and associated guest accommodation. You will be hands-on and hardworking and directly manage junior house staff to ensure all needs are met to the highest standards. You will liaise very closely with the Estate Manager, and there will be an apparent and detailed list of expectations, responsibilities and standards.
This role is near Godalming, Surrey, GU8 and is a live-in role. Accommodation of a Two bedroom, newly refurbished private house on the Estate will be provided, and the client is happy for you to bring partners, children and pets. Although please bear in mind the largest house they can provide is two bedrooms.
You must speak an excellent level of English to be able to communicate with the family and staff.
You should be experienced in the running of a large country house and have excellent knowledge of dealing with private families and their needs. You should understand high end hospitality and should have a calm and organised approach to your work and management of staff. High levels of integrity are a must.
The Estate Manager is interviewing now. We are recruiting safely with the COVID-19 government guidelines.
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