Posted - 3 Nov 2020

Location - VENICE, ITALY 


Ref: EHS #3579


Our clients, who live in Venice, Italy, are looking for a highly experienced, intelligent and organised House Manager and Cook.


The successful candidates will be able to manage the house, overseeing its seamless functioning in all aspects as well as prepare meals for the family and guests.


Additional household staff include a full-time Nanny (British), and a Cleaning Lady who comes 4 – 5 times per week. The House Manager will oversee the work of the Cleaning Lady. For larger lunch or dinner parties, additional staff will be brought in to assist.


The couple should be able to fulfil the following duties between them:


Kitchen and Cooking:

  • Preparing either good family cooking or gourmet cuisine

  • Preparing menus and discussing with the Principals

  • Cooking for their 4 year old child

  • Shopping for food and ingredients, ability to discern high quality and seasonal ingredients, especially vegetables, fish and meat

  • Procuring and ensuring stock of all kitchen utensils, spices and foods

  • Organising dinner parties and events

  • Setting the table

  • Serving at table

  • Clearing away and cleaning the kitchen

  • Maintaining an excellently organised kitchen and pantry, with all utensils and food supplies in a very tidy and organized manner

  • Taking care and appropriate cleaning of silverware and tableware

  • Ability to prepare Italian cuisine, ideally also other cuisine. Willingness and ability to learn new recipes and cooking methods.


Cleaning & Tidying: To ensure a home is kept organised, clean and tidy

  • Manage and help additional cleaning lady, ensuring house is clean and immaculate in every aspects

  • Ensuring the following daily activities:

  • General daily tidy up

  • Daily cleaning of Kitchen, Bathrooms, and public areas

  • Hoovering and dusting where needed

  • Making beds

  • Quarterly deep clean of house

  • Ensuring house is tidy and clean at all times

  • Ability to organise cupboards and storage in an immaculate manner

  • Extreme care, ideally experienced in houses with fragile objects and art

  • Clothes & Wardrobe: Keep on top of the laundry, ironing and wardrobe management

  • Ensuring wardrobe is always taken care of

  • Identify items that need dry cleaning

  • Seasonal change and cleaning of wardrobe

  • Washing of clothes, especially delicate items (cashmere etc), including handwashing; experience and ability to use appropriate washing method (e.g. machine, hand wash, dry-cleaning (and temperature for different types of clothing)

  • Ironing and steaming of clothes, including shirts, dresses, formal men’s trousers

  • Cleaning of shoes

  • Experience with high value and delicate materials, such as cashmere, furs, leather, silk

  • Perfect organisation of wardrobes and closets

  • Ability to carry out simple repairs (sewing on buttons etc)

  • Mothproofing and protecting clothes from other possible pests



  • Family has one son of 4 years, and a fulltime nanny

  • Occasional babysitting in evenings and on weekend is a plus other tasks

  • Overseeing the work of contractors (e.g. electrician, plumber etc)

  • Overseeing procurement of household goods (e.g. bathroom utensils, food, lightbulbs etc.), shopping and errands

  • Looking after guests (preparing guestrooms, ensuring beds are made, towels, bathroom articles etc)

  • Packing and unpacking luggage before and after travel

  • Buying and arranging flowers


Skills & Requirements:

  • Loyal, discrete and respectful of privacy, be extremely patient, welcoming and approachable,

  • High attention to detail and a high level of skills in above described tasks and experience

  • Intelligent and with ability to take feedback well and learn new skills as may be required

  • Proactive, flexible and adaptable with lots of common sense

  • The ability to spot what needs doing in a home

  • Creating systems if and when needed and/or maintaining them

  • Time management

  • Product/fabric/surface knowledge

  • Preferably you will have good spoken Italian and English.


Remuneration & Working Hours


Remuneration: depending on experience (circa Euros 3,000 – 4,500 net per month)


Working hours: 8 hours per day, 5.5 days/ week.


Some flexibility in case of dinners or parties required


Live out is preferred however if required, an apartment will be provided in Venice by the Principals.


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