Daily House Manager – Gerrards Cross

£40000 - £45000

 

Daily House Manager - November 2017

Overview

An enthusiastic and energetic House Manager is required for this prime house and grounds.

The property is located near Gerrards Cross and sits within its own grounds of about 40 acres. There is a substantial main house, a guest lodge and ancillary staff accommodation.

The property is relatively modern but traditional in design and was refurbished 3/4 years ago to a very high standard. Occupation of the property will vary but broadly it can be assumed it will be occupied for up to about six months of the year. There are other members of staff and contractors dealing with the running and maintenance of the property.

Whilst the property is not occupied, the hours are generally 5 days a week 8am to 5pm or 9 am to 6pm. During occupation, however, the hours are subject to change and will include weekend/public holiday working. Whilst off site, the House Manager will be expected to remain in contact (via work mobile/email) at all times.

Gerrards Cross is a town and civil parish in the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the south of the county, separated from the London Borough of Hillingdon at Harefield by Denham. London is centred 19 miles east. "click here" served by trains out of Paddington.  A driver with their own car is required for this position.

JOB REFERENCE

#2538

SALARY

£40000 - £45000

CURRENCY

GBP

LOCATION

Gerrards Cross

POSITION

House Manager, Gerrards Cross

START DATE

06-Feb-2017

ACCOMMODATION OFFERED

No

LOOKING FOR COUPLE

No

TYPE OF HOUSEHOLD

Titled Family, Formal Household, Informal Household, Rural Location

EXPERIENCE

5+ years

LANGUAGE

English

DRIVING LICENCE

Yes

PREFER NON SMOKER

Yes

VALID DBS

Yes

Roles and Responsibilities

When the house is occupied, the client will travel with an entourage of family members, friends and a large number of staff, including: housekeepers, cooks, waitresses, drivers, and including security.

The work environment can be hectic so therefore, the housemanager needs to be able to react quickly to requests, think on her feet, and find solutions without showing panic or fuss.

While unoccupied, the house-maneger will work with a resident team of 2 housekeepers, to ensure that the house and property is maintained in perfect order. This will require the following duties are performed, including:

DAILY DUTIES

  • Switch on or off the lights/flood lights as necessary
  • Whilst opening-up check light bulbs and replace
  • Make a thorough walk-about of the buildings to ensure that everything is in order
  • Low-level dusting: furniture / picture frames / skirting boards / dado- rails / banister & balustrades
  • As rooms are cleaned, the windows should be opened (if weather permits) to air the room; sills and thresholds should be wiped clean as required
  • Note any maintenance problems and report these
  • Monitor pest infestation; act accordingly and report severe incidences
  • Work areas should be left in a tidy and correct fashion at the end of each working day
  • Ensure that the house is properly secure
  • Ensure any Maintenance Works are carried out in accordance with requirements
  • Oversee Grounds maintenance team

 

WEEKLY DUTIES

  • Ensure automatic timers that control lights and water systems etc are correctly set
  • All flooring: should be vacuumed / mopped / buffed as appropriate to the surface
  • Ensure that any houseplants and external formal garden areas receive adequate water and care.
  • All taps and water appliances should be run, to ensure that water is running clean, and that siphons are full (to avoid bad smells rising). Leave the plugs open in baths and wash basins during periods of absence
  • Bathroom taps and fittings should be cleaned as per the instruction of the maker; if this is unknown investigate the correct care procedure with the supplier
  • Sweep outside terrace areas & wipe outside furniture
  • Wind and set clocks including digital to correct settings
  • Check all appliances are working i.e. stoves, dishwashers, stereo, washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, televisions, audio /visual equipment, AC &heating etc
  • Maintain an inventory of cleaning & household products and ensure that stocks are maintained above minimum levels
  • Check all TV and AV functionality including Client preferred channels etc

 

JOBS TO BE DONE MONTHLY

  • Windows should be cleaned both inside and outside – including sills
  • Where not contracted by a specialist contractor ceiling lights should be dusted and cleaned as required
  • High-dusting: curtain pelmets / curtains / cornices / ceiling ventilators / air-conditioning vents / bookcases / and bed drapes
  • Silver ornaments should be polished using quality silver cleaning foam or liquid polish
  • Brass and copper items need to be cleaned with the appropriate products on a regular basis
  • Clean refrigeration and beverage storage facilities
  • Clean all outside garden furniture as appropriate

 

JOBS TO BE DONE TWICE ANNUALLY

  • Move heavy furniture so that floors and skirting, which are normally hidden, can be cleaned
  • Defrost and wipe clean freezers 

 

JOBS TO BE DONE ANNUALLY

  • A full and thorough inventory check 

 

CLOSING DOWN (after a visit) 

  • Empty fridges and clean as required
  • Remove cut flowers, clean vases and put away
  • Outside furniture stored
  • Systematically open cupboards and chest of drawers, empty of the contents, clean the insides of the units and then tidily re-arrange the contents; check that nothing needs to be cleaned/pressed &/or washed before being re-stored
  • Kitchen and Pantry: Remove items cupboard-by-cupboard, clean and polish, replace in an organized fashion. Polish glass fronted cabinets

Entry Requirements

  • For cultural reasons, female candidates are required for this position
  • Previous experience in a similar position is essential,as is the ability to provide excellent checkable references

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