Domestic Couple - Richmond, London

A private family household are seeking to recruit a highly skilled domestic couple to assist with the running of two properties for the Principal. Primary responsibility will involve daily cleaning and laundry tasks. You will also engage in maintenance tasks, driving and occasional table service. Exceptional attention to detail is required, the right candidates must be extremely well-organized and able to adapt to last minute changes.

We are looking for a couple who are energetic and very practical. You will both need to be flexible and able to work long hours during busy periods. You will both have a strong character and good communication skills. You must both be trustworthy and able to demonstrate that you can handle confidential information appropriately.

Cleaning and laundry

Daily cleaning across two properties – a main residence in South West London and a secondary property in central London; Performing a variety of cleaning activities such as sweeping, mopping, dusting and polishing; Areas to clean will include the interior and exterior of the properties and vehicles; This will include many valuable and antique items so a great degree of care and outstanding attention to detail is required; Daily laundry and ironing of fine clothes, bedding, linens and table cloths; Managing the stock of cleaning and laundry products; Work with other household staff to pack and unpack for the Principal when he travels abroad.

Maintenance and technology

Maintaining and repairing cleaning appliances; Maintenance jobs such as hanging pieces of art, oiling doors and changing light bulbs; The properties have several technical systems including televisions, sound systems, heating and lighting. Experience of operating such systems will be needed.

Driving

Running errands into central London using company vehicles to drop off and collect items; Driving to transport luggage to airport

Service and Events

Daily table service as required; Assist with events hosted by the Principal at properties; Prepare the property before events; Clean the property after events; Assist with service where necessary during events.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of 5 years of experience in private households, hospitality, hotels or restaurants; Experience of serving customers, diners, guests or a Principal directly; Familiar with cleaning and laundry; Good standard of written and spoken English; Right to work within the UK; Able and willing to drive in the UK.

Personal Attributes

Hands on approach, willing to be personally involved in cleaning and laundry everyday; Outstanding attention to the detail; Positive and can-do attitude; Team player who enjoys working with different types of people; Confidence when dealing with big personalities; Able to operate in a flexible and changing environment; Copes well with last minute requests; Trustworthy and handles confidential information appropriately;  Comfortable with flexible hours.

Hours & Salary

10 hours per day, working 5 days out of 7 which will include Saturday and Sunday on a regular basis. Hours may vary when the Principal is in residence. Occasional travel within the UK to other rental properties. If live out, salary £60,000 gross pa (paid £30k each) or live in and accommodation can be provided, Salary DOE. Email your resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com

Full time Chef - Surrey & London

A full-time Chef is sought for our client who lives between Surrey and London. The successful candidate will have recent experience of working in a busy private home, and may also have worked in respected hotels or restaurants.

Working for a couple, who have grown-up children and grandchildren, the primary role of the chef will be to prepare and cook healthy, nutritious and balanced meals, working 5 days a week to include working at weekends.

The chef will be required to present menus for approval and he or she will then need to organise: menu-planning, shopping & food preparation while ensuring that: ingredients are correctly stored, stock is properly monitored, wastage is kept to an absolute minimum, the kitchen is always maintained in a tidy and spotless state and all receipts are properly audited and passed to the office in a correct and timely fashion.

Candidate will also have: Excellent references; A clean driving license ; Worked in a high profile household; Excellent knowledge of the rules of etiquette, protocol and good manners; The ability to always remain professional in every circumstance; The ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality; Have a pro-active approach to work; A Clean Police Record and be happy to undergo a DBS Check (there are young children in the house on weekends).

While it is important that Candidates present the right credentials, the client would also like to emphasise that they wish to find a chef who has:

A real love and passion for cooking and their profession; An understanding that work in a private home requires a proactive and forward-thinking approach; A friendly and flexible nature.

The client also wishes to find a chef that shows longevity in their previous roles and a desire to seek a long-term working commitment to their new employers. Salary between £35,000 - £45,000 gross pa DOE. Accommodation can be offered in either property, for late night finishes etc. 3 month temp to permanent contract offered with Pension. Train / Petrol allowance for travel to 2nd property.. Start ASAP. Email your resume to cv@ljwrecruitment.com