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Housekeeper Sought for Busy Family near South Petherton - Somerset

Housekeeper
Ref: 532 Date Posted: Tuesday 26 Mar 2019
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A lovely family living near South Petherton, TA13, is looking for a new, live in housekeeper who is happy to help with the dogs and children as part of daily routine.  This is a live in role.  You must hold a driving licence to apply for this role (an automatic car will be provided).

Package Offered
  • They will pay between £12-15 net per hour
  • £24-£28,000 gross per year
  • 20-30 hours a week
  • Accommodation provided.
  • Car provided (automatic)
Family Background
A lovely family of four, the mother and father are professionals, they work full time, and the mother travels regularly for work.  They have two children aged 11 and 14.  They live in a beautiful 8 bedroom property, with only three of the bedrooms being inhabited by the family.  The two children attend full time school, and often stay over with flexi-boarding.  They have a large garden, with beautiful grounds.  They also own another property around a 45 minute drive from the main family home.  They have dogs in the property, so they need someone who is dog and pet friendly!  The mother is very busy with work, and will be working abroad extensively, so the father needs an extra pair of hands.  Life is a bit busy with the mother travelling with her work for long periods of time, so they need someone with a highly motivated and flexible attitude.  The family travel regularly and when they are abroad, you would care for the property and dogs in the meantime.

Duties
Your attitude and fit with the family is key.  Because the mother is going to be abroad with her work for large periods of time, the family need someone with strong initiative and can-do attitude, to help the father run the home whilst the mum is away!  You should be flexible, and willing to adjust as family life routine changes.  You will be responsible for all housekeeping in the property.  When the husband is in London or Bath for work, then you may need to keep an eye on the children, but as they are self-sufficient you'll just be there to keep an eye and help with dinner or other errands whilst he is away from the property.  You should be happy to help with the dogs, feeding and walking them.  You will also manage and care for the other property, so you should be happy to drive.  An automatic car will be provided for your driving duties. If you enjoy gardening you can have additional duties within this area, but it's not required.  The family are open to any candidates, but are looking for someone with a calm and considerate attitude, happy to take initiative and get on with things.  If you are good at admin, then there may be paperwork, filing and other basic administration work to undertake.

Location/Accommodation
The family live in near South Petherton, TA13.  This is a live in role. You will be provided accommodation on the top floor of the beautiful house.  This has the potential to have a small kitchenette added should this be something you'd like to have done.

Days/Hours
  • 20-30 hours a week.
  • During term time when the children at school, your hours may reduce, but then during holidays they may increase slightly.  You will always be paid your base rate (be it part time or full time) salary, but the hours will be flexible.
  • They don't want someone who watches the clock - more someone willing to assist with family life as and when it is needed, knowing you'll be paid a stable salary.
  • You should be prepared to work mornings and evenings, when the family life is busy.  Also Saturday's may be worked, but then you'll get time off in lieu outside of this during the week.
Languages
You must speak a good level of English. 

Special Skills
You should be a confident housekeeper, and happy to help with the children as part of your duties whenever required.  You should also be able to drive an automatic car.

Interview/Start date
ASAP