Head Housekeeper / Deputy House Manager - North London, UK

We are looking for a hands-on manager to take responsibility for a large Housekeeping Department, which includes daily housekeepers, a laundry team and housekeeping porters, for this significant and unique, newly-refurbished, prestigious private household in North London.

Candidates need to be able to show they have significant managerial and hands-on housekeeping experience gathered in: Royal Households, respected private households, mega yachts (85M+) , renowned 5* super deluxe hotels, or smaller boutique hotels and/or the finest private members clubs.

The specification, colours and interior design of the property, which includes the use of precious soft and hard materials and fabrics, along with antiques, art and custom-made furniture will make this a challenging but rewarding role!

Reporting to the House Manager, the position comes with the authority to train, motivate and supervise the housekeeping and laundry staff along with the requirement to step-in and run the household in the absence of the House Manager.

A consistent and meticulous eye for detail is prerequisite, along with the ability to enthuse and motivate the team to strive for higher levels of perfection. This is truly a one-off position, which requires candidates who exhibit natural gravitas, along with a combination of superior communication, management and practical skills and know-how. 

Area Specifics:

Wardrobe Management: work with the wardrobe-keeper to ensure all seasonal requirements are met and proper standards are applied to the rotation, storage, packing and unpacking of the wardrobes and accessories;

Laundry: Must exhibit advanced laundry knowledge and practical skills in all processes, including: washing, sorting, pressing, spot-cleaning, valeting and steaming and have some dry-cleaning awareness;

Financial Management: be able to assist with resource management plans;

HR & Talent Management: Assist in managing and controlling staff rosters and time management and recruitment processes.

Ensure that all work undertaken is done so in a safe manner and in accordance with relevant approved codes of practice;

To comply with all Health & Safety regulation including fire safety procedures to ensure the safety of yourself, staff, contractors and the Principals and their guests.

Start ASAP, Salary £55,000 gross pa DOE, plus benefits. Email resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com