Live In Butler - Berwickshire, Scottish Lowlands

We are looking to employ a traditional styled Butler for a property situated in The Lowlands of Scotland, about 1hr drive from Edinburgh.

Working under the house manager, the butler will ensure that the Lodge, and in particular the dining-room, pantry and breakfast rooms, are always perfectly maintained.

The Lodge should be kept in a state of permanent preparation for occupancy at all times, allowing for family/guests to arrive at short-notice.  It is, therefore, essential that the standard of cleaning and general maintenance of the Lodge is always impeccable. 

The Butler must ensure that correct standards and practices are maintained and will be relied on to develop a well-ordered routine for daily tasks during family visits, and an in-depth program to include specific cleaning tasks when the house is unoccupied.

While the Lodge is occupied the primary role of the Butler is to ensure that he delivers all forms of hospitality service, in the form of table, tray and room-service, along with traditional butler duties to the owners and their guests while they are in residence.

English language (Italian or French would be advantageous), must have 5+ years experience, clean driving licence and willing to undergo a DBS.

Roles and Responsibilities: General Duties (Provided as examples of the work required, listed in no particular order) / Reception of guests, service of drinks, table and tray service / Receive guests and arrange luggage to rooms / For departing guests arrange for luggage to be brought from rooms and packed into vehicles /  Running the dining room, Butler’s pantry and breakfast room / Reporting to House Manager as line manager / Running errands and shopping as required by the owner or house manager / Driving as required / Maintaining an inventory of the silver and other designated collections. Ensuring that silver/gilt and other objects are kept clean at all times / Ensuring the cleaning, maintaining and the correct storage of the silver, crystal and china tableware. Noting, reporting and replacing breakages where appropriate, and keeping a detailed, written record of such / Logistics for flight arrival/departures for family, guests and staff.

Maintaining a wine inventory, ensuring that the necessary steps are taken when stocks are low.  Keeping the wine cellars clean and tidy / Ordering of soft drinks, mineral waters and pantry stores / Replacing candles and ordering as required / Cleaning of the crystal chandeliers and the glass lamp shades in the dining room and other rooms with housekeeping staff / Polishing of all the ornamental silver, i.e. picture frames, trophies, etc. / Polishing and buffing of the wooden floors with housekeeping staff.

Valeting: clothing and cleaning boots/shoes and the care of outdoor clothing in the Boot Room / Ordering/cancelling newspapers as appropriate for family/guests / Taking telephone messages, censoring calls and passing on to owner and guests as necessary / valeting of family and guest vehicles with Estate staff / Assisting House Manager with organising and managing private Lodge functions and shoot lunches in association with Estate Management and relevant staff / close communication with the Factor regarding any maintenance and repairs required / Security: Report any incident details to the House Manager/Factor /

Daily opening-up procedure / Turning off alarms / Unlocking doors / Switch on (or off) lights as necessary / Open and arrange blinds, curtains and shutters / Tidy obvious debris from the lower ground and ground floor reception rooms

Closing down procedure: Close blinds, curtains and shutters are required / Leave on certain lights / Switch off unnecessary appliances / Turn on alarms / Lock doors

Accommodation: Self Contained accommodation.  Salary £30,000 gross pa.

Eligibility: Candidates must have experience of working in large private homes or deluxe boutique hotels, and show they are familiar with life in a rural environment. Candidates must drive and presently be living and working in the United Kingdom. Email your resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com