In the absence of a Butler or a House Manager, an Executive Housekeeper will take overall responsibility for every aspect of the smooth running of a residence along with the welfare of the employer's family, staff and guests.
Duties for an Executive Housekeeper within a private household will be wide ranging depending on the individual needs of the client.
Scroll to a section
Oversees the day-to-day operation of the house; supervision of the domestic help who will be carrying out cleaning duties in all living areas, catering staff in the kitchens, external suppliers and contractors, along with any other household staff.
Maintains household accounts, pay bills, planning and execution of budgets, administration of paperwork for insurance, contractor invoices and school fees.
Regular stock checks throughout the kitchen, laundry and bathrooms.
Planning of all catering requirements alongside the chef/cook including everyday meals as well as functions at the residence.
Organise the family’s travel arrangements, monitoring incoming telephone calls, appointment making as necessary including diary management.
Supervision of staff team as well as receiving the client’s guests as required.
Driving duties as and when required.
Carries out any other task the employer may reasonably ask. Larger estates may have a team of security, chauffeurs, gardeners, front of house, butlers, waiting staff, nanny, maids and cleaners. An Executive Housekeeper will normally supervise this team.
A selection of Executive Housekeeper job opportunities throughout the UK.
Skills Required for an Executive Housekeeper
An effective Executive Housekeeper will have excellent organisational skills alongside good leadership, time management and communication skills.
The position will require the candidate to have good team building credentials as they will normally head up a team of staff in the residence. A good knowledge of HR management skills would be essential as they will be responsible for training, hiring and constantly evaluating and motivating staff performance
Flexibility is a must as the demands from the client may change day to day. Some households may have second homes that you will move between, seasonally.
Discretion is essential as there may be occasions when you are exposed to personal information and events. An Executive Housekeeper must also have a background in private household housekeeping and be prepared to undertake hands on duties when required.
We would expect an Executive Housekeeper to have a full, clean driving licence and be able to drive the household vehicles.
An average salary for an Executive Housekeeper in the UK is £50,000.
If you are considering a career as an Executive Housekeeper or you are looking for your next move, take a look through our currently advertised roles.
Salaries will also depend on whether you have a live-in or live-out contract with the client.
Most Executive Housekeepers will work on a 40 hour schedule but will always be flexible depending on the client’s requirements, particularly if the client is not in residence at all times or if you are working across multiple residences/countries.
Days off could be weekends or in the week depending on the residence and the schedule required for the rest of the household team.
Search For A Position
Submit your CV
Submit your CV and we will match you to a job when it comes in.
Where did you find us?
Select an Option:
View Our Candidates
View our high calibre candidates online. Have your own requirements? Speak with us.
Looking to apply?
We only look for high calibre candidates for our private clients.If you meet our requirements, we would be delighted to receive your CV.
Can't find what you're looking for?
Frequently Asked Questions.
Some of our commonly asked questions regarding the Executive Housekeepers position. If you have queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 020 3033 0000 or Mail@MasseysAgency.co.uk.
Do your candidates come with a DBS?
We don’t automatically undertake a DBS for every candidate that registers with us as sometimes candidates may find their own jobs and only stay on our books for a short while. However if a client employs someone who we introduce and who does not have a current DBS but is required to have one for the position, then we are happy to do this for you.
What locations do you cover?
We are able to supply staff across the whole of the UK, including Scotland and Ireland. We also cover International positions.
Do you have any upfront costs?
No, we provide a free service for candidates who are looking for work and we only invoice clients if they employ a candidate who we have introduced to them.
Do you provide temporary staff?
Unfortunately we do not provide staff for short term assignments, however we do accept some contracts for a minimum of three months upwards.
Can I register with you?
We absolutely love hearing from candidates with good, relevant experience in private households. Unfortunately without previous experience it is unlikely we will be able to help you but we are always happy to advise. Chauffeurs must have previous experience of working as a private chauffeur and not purely in chauffeur services or taxi driving.
How long will it take to fill my vacancy?
A vacancy could be filled within a matter of days or it could take longer. The timescale depends on which candidates are registered at the time of you giving us your vacancy, and whether they match your requirements. We will never just send a CV for the sake of it or to ‘make up the numbers’.
Will I be able to trial the candidates?
We are happy to organise short trials wherever possible, however you need to bear in mind that it might not always be possible if a candidate is in a full time job. In order to address the fact that very occasionally things may not always go to plan, we offer a rebate/replacement period for your peace of mind.
What is the difference between a hotel housekeeper and a private household housekeeper?
It may not be immediately obvious but there are marked differences between the two. Private housekeepers are usually expected to ‘keep house’ which involves a lot more than just being a great cleaner. They will take into account the entire household and will know to undertake things such as checking the fridge contents for expiry dates, checking larder stocks for items that need replenishing and making sure that there are adequate supplies of all items. They will usually know how to set a formal table and how to spot any potential maintenance issues. The key difference is that they will almost certainly have better laundry skills and be confident in caring for delicate fabrics and designer clothing. Housekeepers with a hotel background are usually very good at cleaning quickly and efficiently but are used to working in a structured environment based around cleaning only and they can find it hard to adjust to the varying demands within a private household.
Your full name *
Your email address *
Your phone number *
Where are you based in the UK *
Are you looking for work or looking for staff? *
How can we help you *
020 3033 0000
Newsletter Sign Up
Request a callback
tell us your name *
enter your email *
enter your number *
enter candidate reference *
How Can We Help?