Live-in Housekeeper ~ Close to St Remy de Provence
An experienced housekeeper is required to work in the household of an American client with a luxury 450m2 home soon to finish its renovation and located close to St Remy de Provence. At present the client has a rental property in the same area; a House Manage/Chef/Concierge is already employed at the property and the client now requires an excellent professional housekeeper who speaks fluent English and conversational French and can provide the following services:
High standard cleaning of all areas
General laundry – bed linens are sent out to a local linen service
Assist the Chef or Principal in the kitchen
Prepare a basic continental breakfast
Knowledge of simple family cooking is preferred to ‘back up’ Chef/Principal if necessary
Stock Control/Inventory of household products
Greet guests and visitors on arrival/answer door
Running general errands
Wardrobe Care/Management ( not essential but preferred)
Fluent English and conversational French
The housekeeper must have an excellent ‘eye for detail’, able to ensure that the home is kept ‘visit ready’ and to a 5* level. Applicants should be able to work autonomously as the Principal is only in residence 4.5 months per year approx. When not in residence working hours will be 35hrs/5 days per week, when in residence the Principal will usually require 6 days per week with an overtime rate/arrangement to be discussed at interview. A new studio or one bedroom apartment will be offered as accommodation.
Salary: €2.5k net per month neg
Start date: To be decided
Part-Time Gardener/Handyman ~ Mougins
Our client in Mougins is seeking a self-employed gardener/handyman who can work at the property 4 or 5 mornings per week in the summer ( or 2.5 full days) and 3 mornings per week in the winter months. The main duties will be gardening however some simple maintenance jobs will also be requested. Applicants should preferably have their own microenterprise and able to invoice the client for their part-time work.
Start date: TBD
Handyman/Driver/Housekeeper/ ~ St Tropez POSITION NOW FILLED
An experienced handyman/driver who is also able to provide some general housekeeping duties is required to work in a luxury villa in St Tropez. This is a long-term position. The Russian family use the property as a vacation home and would like to employ a handyman who speaks fluent English and communicative French.
Duties will include:
Accommodation offered is own bedroom and bathroom in a staff house sharing the kitchen and sitting room with the resident gardener.
Salary: TBD (CDI)
Start date: ASAP
Domestic Couple ~ St Tropez POSITION NOW FILLED
An experienced couple are required to work in a luxury villa in St Tropez. This is a long-term position. The family use the property as a vacation home and would like to employ a couple who speak fluent English, preferably some Tagalog and at least one of the couple should speak communicative French.
Duties will include:
Accommodation for the couple is own bedroom and bathroom in a staff house sharing the kitchen and sitting room with the Italian gardener. Preferably both of the couple should be able to drive although this is not essential..
Salary: €4k net pm (CDI)
Start date: ASAP
Head Housekeeper/Gouvernante ~ December 2/3 weeks & 7 months in 2020 - 1st March to 30th Sept 2020
An experienced Head Housekeeper/Gouvernante is required to work in a beautiful 5* rental chateau in the Var region. There will be a trial period for 2/3 weeks in December whilst the chateau has special guests visiting the property. During busy rental periods the chateau will be fully staffed with chefs, housekeepers and service staff however during any quieter periods between March and end September, the Head Housekeeper will be expected to work alone maintaining the cleanliness of the chateau. Applicants must be experienced in the operation of a roller press as some laundry duty may be required in the quieter periods when the chateau is not fully staffed. Accommodation is offered with this position along with uniform and meals during working periods. Candidates must be able to speak fluent English, have excellent letters of reference and a recent criminal records check.
Start dates: Early Dec & early March
House Manager or Management Couple ~ Avignon/Vaucluse
An experienced, multi-skilled single House Manager - or a Management Couple - required to take over the running and management of a beautiful 1200m2 family vacation home and ultra-luxe 5* rental property often used for weddings, events, magazine shoots etc. The House Manager or Couple will be multi-skilled and able to assist in other household departments (no housekeeping duties will be required). The Principal would consider it a very real advantage - although not essential - if candidates can offer simple cooking skills and are able to prepare a breakfast buffet when the home is occupied and very busy. This will give the American resident chef, who usually works late into the night with his team of interns, a little extra time for marketing etc in the mornings. The property has a seasonal housekeeping team who live locally and have been trained to a high standard by the Principal - one will now be offered a long term contract. A seasonal concierge, an interior services team and exterior workers are also employed to care for the family and guest requirements and maintain the 30+ hectares of gardens and grounds.
The busy rental season runs from May to October and the American owners - who are always in residence with their family over the Christmas period - will use the property for vacation time outside of the summer season. Candidates must speak fluent English and fluent French and must have a driving license. Candidates must also have several years of experience working in a similar ultra-luxe private service environment providing complete management including budgeting, accounts, staff rotas etc etc; they should also know how to maintain a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere for the owner’s family and visiting high-profile guests who all require ultimate discretion and a very high level of service. Accommodation of a 2 bedroom property on the estate is offered with this position.
Start date: Flexible
Butler/Maitre d'Hotel ~ Chateau in Var ~ 2nd to 21st December
A very experienced Butler/Maitre d’Hotel is required to lead a service team for an upcoming event in a luxury chateau in the central Var region. There will be 16 to 20 VIP guests staying at the property and a 5*service level will be expected from the interior teams. Applicants must speak fluent English and preferably some conversational French. Preference will be given to candidates who are also able to be available for several months of high season work in 2020. Staff accommodation and uniforms are provided with this position.
Salary : TBD (CDD)
Start date : 2nd December
Domestic Couple ~ Mougins area
An experienced domestic couple who speaks fluent Tagalog is required to provide caretaking, cooking and household services in a large luxury property close to Mougins. Candidates will preferably also be able to speak a good level of English and at least one of the couple should speak a communicative level of French and at least one should have a clean driving license.
Duties will include:
Junior staff will also be employed at the property to assist with the overall care of this 1.200m2 house with grounds of 1.2 hectares - however it is preferable that the male of the couple will be an experienced gardener with a good knowledge of local planting. Staff uniforms, meals, utilities and a one-bedroom apartment is provided with this position.
Start date: Early 2020
Pastry Chef ~ Chateau/Var ~ 9th to 22nd December POSITION NOW FILLED
An experienced pastry chef who speaks English and preferably some French is required to help cater for a two week 'launch party' of 16 to 20 mainly American guests which is taking place at a luxury chateau in the Var region. The pastry chef will join a team of 4, Head Chef, Sous Chef and Commis. Excellent pastry, dessert and bread-making skills are required plus an ability and willingness to work as part of a cohesive team supporting other kitchen sections/chefs when necessary. Staff accommodation is offered for the full booking period. Exact dates still to be confirmed
Start date: TBC
Domestic Couple ~ Yorkshire/UK
An experienced domestic couple with excellent housekeeping, cooking, chauffeur and handyman skills is required to work for a family of two who have a large luxury estate in Yorkshire. The handyman duties will include carrying out interior and exterior maintenance work, overseeing contractors and the ideal candidate will have previous experience driving large, luxury model cars.
Prior experience working as a couple in a similar role as well as fluent spoken English are essential. A 3 bedroom house on the grounds is offered as accommodation. 6 days per week. Four weeks annual holiday. Each of the couple must have a driving license and excellent letters of reference.
Salary for couple: £50,000 net per annum + bonus of £10,000 net p.a. in lieu of overtime payments.
This bonus is paid annually regardless of whether any extra hours have been worked.
Start date: TBD
Sous Chef & Pastry Chef & Commis Chef ~ Chateau /Var ~ 9th to 22nd December POSITIONS NOW FILLED
Three very experienced chefs – Sous – Pastry – Commis - are required for a special two week event being held at a luxury chateau located in the Var region. Applicants must be accustomed to working well within a small brigade, have a friendly, flexible approach, be used to working at the highest level of service and willing to assist the other chefs within the team. A good level of spoken English, excellent letters of reference and a recent DBS/Casier Judiciare are essential. Applicants should be located in France, preferably already located in the south – staff accommodation is provided for the full booking period.
Start date:9th December – arrival date 7th /8th Dec
13 x Live-in Temp Chateau Service & Housekeeping Staff ~ 2/3 weeks in December ~ Var
Several temporary service staff are required for 2/3 weeks in December for a ‘special opening’ of the château prior to it being made available for luxury rentals and events in 2020. There will be 16 to 20 VIP guests and a 5*service level will be expected.
Food and Beverage
1 x Head Waiter/ess
4 x Waiter/ess/Butlers
1 x Bar Person/Sommelier
1 x Kitchen Porter
Arriving 7th/8th December
Working from the 9th December
1 x Head Housekeeper
1 x Housekeeper/Laundry
4 x Maids/Femmes de Menages
Arriving on 2nd /3rd December
Starting work on 04th December
All positions offer sleeping accommodation and uniforms are supplied. All candidates must be able to speak English to a conversational level and have recent casier judiciare/DBS checks and excellent verifiable letters of reference.
Salaries : TBD (CDD)
Start Date : Decembe
Part Time Housekeeper (32hrs pw) ~ Monaco POSITION NOW FILLED
An experienced housekeeper is required to join a small team in a large apartment property in Monaco. The housekeeper must be intelligent, organised and pro-active with an ability to work quickly and autonomously. The housekeeper must have a proven record of working in a similar type of position and be able to provide excellent letters of reference from previous employers. This is a ‘live out’ position therefore candidates must live within easy traveling distance of Monaco. 32 hours per week. 9am-5pm Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday.
Salary €15 net pr hr ( Monaco CDI)
Start date: TBD
Occasional and Summer Chef ~ Mougins POSITION NOW FILLED
An experienced freelance chef is required to cook for occasional weeks outside of the summer season and full-time in the high season months. The chef needs to have good experience preparing gluten free/ vegetarian/vegan and good quality family/home cooking as well as being able to prepare classical and contemporary cuisines . Candidates should have a driving license and be willing to multi-task when necessary as they may be asked on occasion to drive the Principal or guests locally. The chef must be able to invoice the client via a ‘micro’ or other French-based business, have a flexible approach and must be fluent in both English and French.
Start date: TBD
Domestic Couple Chateau 1.5hrs south of Paris
An experienced, professional couple who enjoy working in a rural environment and can work autonomously are required to look after a beautiful hunting chateau located south of Paris. The Principal often visits the property alone or with his wife for weekends etc outside of the autumn and winter hunting season and they may relocate to the chateau on a longer term basis in the future. During the hunting season there are frequent events and receptions with lots of guests, at which time extra staff, housekeepers, chefs etc are brought in to share the workload.
Both of the couple should have excellent multi-tasking and organizational skills, be flexible about working weekends when the Principal is in residence and both must be able to drive.
Other exterior workers are employed and the male of the couple will not only work autonomously but should also be happy to work within a team when required to deal with external maintenance and gardening issues. Candidates must speak fluent English and spoken French would be an advantage - it is imperative that the couple are happy to live a rural lifestyle as the chateau is located deep in the countryside. Couples who have previous experience working in a similar rural setting will be given very serious consideration.
Maintaining garden furniture and terrace
Looking after the gardening machines (mowers, tractors etc), keeping them clean and arranging maintenance etc.
Handyman duties - Carrying out all necessary minor repairs and maintenance works of the property inside and out, as well as good running of small equipment (kitchen supplies, TVs...)
Reporting technical problems or dysfunction related to the property
Monitoring the work of contractors for those maintenance jobs not within his/her competence
Dealing with suppliers, subcontractors, bills and invoices
Ensuring the safety of the estate - being present in the estate, surveillance of the property, closing doors and gates, control of the alarm system.
Perform chauffeur duties - Pick-ups / drop offs from / to CDG and other local airports when required
Looking after the cars – keeping them clean and maintained etc...
Daily cleaning and deep cleaning of the residence; dusting, vacuuming, washing of floors and windows, bathrooms, kitchens, furniture care, carpet and rugs cleaning...
Responsible for the owners’ wardrobes and laundry, washing, ironing, packing and unpacking when the Principals’ are in residence, taking care of dry cleaning.
Laundry, ironing of linens; towels, table linen etc. (bedlinen is outsourced) making beds and changing bed linen
Shopping for groceries and small household items
Cooking and table service when the owners are in residence
Taking care of two well-behaved dogs (feeding, taking them for a walk and to the vet if necessary).
During Events, Receptions etc
Assisting the family and others in the working team in the organization of the event
Greeting guests, sharing the responsibilities with the other working team and helping the Chef if necessary
Managing the temporary staff members and supervising extra cleaning duties (Guests bedrooms & bathrooms, Salle de Chasse, Dining room…) during the event
Purchasing of flowers and preparing floral arrangements
Pickup of guests from train station or airports
A furnished apartment is offered as accommodation. Couples without children or pets are preferable however the Principal will consider all applications.
Salary: TBD (guideline €4k net pm)
Start date: TBD
Chef 7* Luxury Estate Var Mid-October POSITION NOW FILLED
A top level chef is required to work for two weeks in October - most likely from 12th – 26th - to cater to changing groups of guests who will be visiting the property for a few days during the two week period. The chef must be highly experienced in preparing a variety of international cuisines to a very high standard to include European, Asian, American and Special Dietary requirements. The chef must be able to drive, speak English to a good level and also speak conversational French. The property will be fully staffed with service and housekeeping personnel during this period and staff accommodation is offered. This property will will also require a chef for several months in 2020.
Start date: Exact dates to be confirmed