What are the duties and responsibilities of a house manager?
The responsibilities of a House Manager will vary depending on the size of the household. Other factors to take into consideration are how many people live in the property, plus how many other staff there are to manage. It’s important that a House Manager has a broad range of relevant skills and excellent common sense. Knowledge of fine wines, how to look after antiques and social etiquette is as important as being able to understand spreadsheets.
Often House Managers will have worked in hospitality and then worked their way up to other private household positions. Experience is incredibly valuable and finding a House Manager who is able to hit the ground running and understand exactly what the job involves is priceless.
- Managing and training domestic household staff
- Overseeing contractual workers
- Buying household supplies
- Welcoming and looking after guests
- Organising events – big and small
- Paying bills
- Handling budgets
- Organising household schedules and rotas
- Planning menus
It does not normally fall upon the House Manager to cook and clean. However, in smaller households their role might include more responsibilities. Sometimes a House Manager can act as a Butler too.