Responsibilities of a Household Manager
A household manager’s job description will vary based on a principal’s needs, the number of properties within their portfolio and number of staff employed.
If you are looking for a private house manager job, you should expect your core responsibilities to include supervising staff and ensuring they maintain an impeccable standard of service; managing house finances and budget; liaising with third party suppliers and contractors; planning and co-ordinating events; and in some cases, sourcing additional properties.
As part of your supervisory duties, a house manager is also expected to be in charge of recruitment, retention, performance management and training and development of all domestic staff. Some of the roles under your supervision might include housekeepers, chauffeurs, chefs, butlers, nannies and laundresses.
In some cases, you may also travel with your principal, or act in an advisory role to seasonal staff working in the principal’s alternative residence such as a country estate, ski chalet or villa.
The versatility and flexibility of the house manager position means you are often required to take on the responsibilities of other household roles on an ad-hoc basis, including laundry, cooking, cleaning and general maintenance.