A Gardener in a Private Household
Not everyone has a green thumb to care for plants and flowers and especially if one has a busy schedule it is impossible to maintain a presentable garden. HNW and UHNW clients generally have large estates and hire professional gardeners to maintain the exterior of their properties.
Gardeners study horticulture and/or landscape design to learn about the gardening industry and master their skills. They have the skills and know-how of using gardening equipment and products. As a gardener working for private clients, it is important to understand what the clients' preferences are, for example understanding what kind of plants and flowers they like and the type of gardening products they prefer.
Required skills of a gardener to work for private clients are knowledge of formal and informal garden types, English, French, Japanese, or Italian, extensive knowledge of gardening products and types of equipment such as lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, and more. Being creative, attention to detail, knowledge, and experience of seasonal plants, flowers, and vegetables, the ability to visualise and be a team player when working with other staff members.
General duties and responsibilities of a gardener for a luxury household are maintenance of the garden and care for plants, flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes, lawns, and greenhouses. Cutting hedges, lawing the mown, digging, planting and weeding, controlling pests and managing stock of supplies and equipment. Liaising with the client or house/estate manager and give proposals to designing the garden and which equipment or products to use.
In case you are looking for your next gardener position or looking to hire a gardener for your household personnel, our consultants are available to help.
The skills of a laundress in Private Household
The term laundress or washerwoman are old-fashioned terms from the 19th-century. In the dictionary, it is a woman who washes and iron clothes and linens. In luxury household hiring, a laundress is widely popular and the duties and responsibilities have been modernised.
Clients could request for a housekeeper/laundress or laundress/wardrobe manager to manage their clothing, garments, and linens. The background of a laundress can vary, several are seamstresses, tailors, have worked for luxury dry-cleaners, luxury and 5-star hotels, or private families.
A good laundress must have a number of skills:
Everyday duties of a laundress may vary but the general responsibilities are washing and drying clothing, expensive garments, and linens, hand-washing delicates, ironing, folding clothing, and linens, managing the clients and the clients' families wardrobe also known as wardrobe management, minor repairs on clothing and linens, managing the stock supplies for laundry products, for instance, laundry powder/liquids, fabric conditioner, etc.
A laundress would liaise with suppliers, dry cleaners and tailors, taking clothing to dry-cleaners if requested by the client. They could be responsible for packing luggage/suitcases if the client is travelling and reporting to the client, PA or stylist.
If you are a laundress and have all the skills mentioned above please send us your most updated CV, our consultants at Morgan and Mallet would like to meet you. And if your family is looking for someone to assist with laundry duties please contact us and we can assist you and your family.
Why you would need a house manager for your Property?
The main responsibility of a house manager is to ensure that the household of their principal runs effortlessly and making sure that every staff member knows what their duties and responsibilities are in the property.
The same as an office manager, a house manager is responsible of managing a number of employees, hiring and training new staff members, scheduling work timetables, and reporting to their boss. However a house manager is also responsible for the security of the property, for any finances related to the property and ensuring the property is fully stocked with house and any supplies needed by the principals and the staff members.
A main duty a house manager has is that they are in charge of maintaining the property/properties by planning renovation and construction plans of their principals property or a number of properties. He/she will liaise with different contractors and services to compare the offers and prices with each other and ensure they are in line with the principals requests.
It is very important for a house manager to be responsible and reliable, have strong communication skills, and be flexible to adapt to different situations.
If you are looking to maintain and renovate your properties we recommend hiring an experienced house manager to help you make the process easier and if you are a house manager looking for a new challenge we might be able to help you find your next position.
A butler and their duties
Many of us have seen butlers in movies and tv shows working for royal families in the 19th-century, today butlers are still in high demand and work for UHNW and HNW clients around the globe.
It is very important as a butler to always work professionally and to make their principals' environment as comfortable as possible. Butlers work very closely with their principals and are a trusted household staff member. A number of butler duties and responsibilities have definitely changed within the years and many butlers are expected to adapt to the changes while still following the etiquette they have been trained to follow.
Butlers are expected to be flexible and have the ability to adapt to change given any situation by the principal. As a butler, you work closely with other household staff members to ensure the household runs smoothly, and if the principal has a special request it is the butlers' responsibility to communicate the request to the other household staff members and ensure principals' needs are met.
Common duties and responsibilities of a butler are, answering the telephone, wardrobe management, cleaning of silverware, crystal and antiques, supervising household staff members, hiring and training of new staff members, welcoming guests and ensuring their needs are met the same way as the principals, serving food and drinks while always providing proper service, liaising with contractors and services as requested by the principal, organising parties, dinners, and other social events.
In our present-day it is important as a butler to be tech-savvy, one might have to create online work schedules for other staff members, be in charge of the new security system that is connected through Wi-Fi, or base their duties on the principals' online agenda.
There are a number of butler schools/academies and training who train individuals who want to become qualified butlers, they are trained to perform the different types of table services, the best way is to pack a suitcase, professionalism and how to handle unexpected situations.
Morgan and Mallet International can help you find the right butler for you and your family.
If you are a butler we can help you find your next role, please send us your most updated CV and our consultants will get in touch with you to have you registered with our agency.
Morgan & Mallet International team has personally served royalty, business families, politicians, celebrities, and ultra-high-net worth families around the world.
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