Butler Sought for HNW Family - Switzerland

Butler
Ref: 537 Date Posted: Wednesday 13 Mar 2019
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A high profile family, with their four children, their main property is based in Switzerland.  They are now looking for an experienced Butler with an eye for detail, to join their family and team in a full time role.
 
Package Offered
  • Salary entirely negotiable depending on experience
  • Fully Employed
  • Accommodation provided.
  • Car provided 
Family Background
A high profile family, they have four children and have multiple properties, in Switzerland and Dubai.  The family are active and fit.  They travel regularly, and enjoy healthy activities such as skiing and sports.  Despite their high profile, they are down to earth and are very kind to their staff.  They have no pets.  They have a large team of staff who work for them, and the staff regularly travel from property to property.  The house manager is active and organised and she commands respect, whilst inspiring the team to work in long-term positions for her and the family.  They have two Butlers already in the team, and are looking to add a third Butler to the staff.  They are open to male or female, the most important being the skills and aptitude for the position.
 
Duties
When the family and their children are in residence, the family style is typically informal and relaxed.  When guests visit, then the service shifts to a more formal service.  You should be highly experienced at Silver Service and understand finishing touches, and have the highest artistic approach to your work.  You should be able to create ambience and detail, changing the settings and scene from a romantic dinner through to formal banquet, through to family dining.  You should have an excellent knowledge of wine.  Table settings - how the table is presented and prepared is very important to the family - and here you should have an artistic flair.  
 
You'll also be in charge of gifts inventory which are sent to the family, recording which gifts have been received.  Passing this information to the principals.  You should be happy to help with all other Butler duties, including packing and unpacking, travelling with the family etc.  However 60% of the work is around the service.  You should be clean, hygienic and tidy yourself, as the whole household is run efficiently and with cleanliness at the heart of everything they do.  You should be highly organised, following the inventory and cupboard layout as it currently exists in the properties.  You should also be comfortable to be around children, and be warm and friendly. 
 
Location/Accommodation
The family's main residence is in Switzerland.  You will be provided accommodation in the staff apartments.  You will have your own room and bathroom, but the main living areas, (kitchen and living areas etc) are shared with other staff.  If you drive a car will be provided.
 
Days/Hours
  • Typically you'll have 1 - 2 days off a week.  
  • Typically a day will start at 8am and be around 9 hours.
  • When the family are in residence, then you'll be focused on the care of the family, and the house manager will give additional time off in lieu when the family travel.
  • A team effort, the house manager is fair and ensures that you have extra time off, for extra hours worked.
Languages
You must speak a good level of English.  If you speak other languages this is a bonus but not required.
 
Special Skills
You should be highly confident with table management, be artistic in creating table displays, and be skilled in Butlering.  If you drive this is a bonus.
 
Interview/Start date
ASAP