This is a fantastic job for a Head Housekeeper to work on a beautiful Hampshire estate that is used mostly as a weekend residence. You will be leading a team of seven housekeepers and a laundress in this fully staffed formal household.
Your role will involve leading and training the team so that the property runs like a 5* hotel when the Principal is in residence. You will therefore need to understand how a house of this level runs and is presented. You will be responsible for all housekeeping and cleaning, laundry including the care of fine clothing and fabrics, packing and unpacking suitcases, helping the Butler in the dining room when needed, wardrobe management, preparing guest rooms and the Principal’s suite etc. You will be expected to be ‘hands on’ when needed and to lead by example, organise rotas, look after household inventory etc. The Principals have a home in London and you will be in communication with the other Head Housekeeper there to make sure that everything runs seamlessly. You must be a driver for this role.
The successful candidate will have worked as a head housekeeper in a private residence, a top-level hotel, or similar for at least 3 years with suitable references. You must be organised, a very good communicator who is able to motivate their staff, speak excellent English and be well presented.
This is a live-in job, working approximately 45 hours a week (good hours of 9-4) and as the residence is used at weekends your 2 days off will be during the week. Having said this the house has not been used at all this summer. Your accommodation will be your own self-contained bungalow – single person is welcome but you can also bring a partner with you as long as they pursue their own job. A live out candidate may be considered if you live within a reasonable distance from the residence.
Salary will be in the region of £42,000 gross per annum.
Start Date – ASAP.