How to hire an estate manager
Let us help you find the right person to manage your estate, whether it’s in the Scottish Highlands, south of England, or anywhere else in the world
Matching an estate manager with your needs
We always start the hire process with a conversation. We speak to you to find out exactly what your needs are. We find out what you envisage the role of the estate manager to be, and sometimes we can assist with offering enhanced estate management roles that you may not have considered. Our skill is in helping to devise what you need and providing the right estate manager to fill that role.
Hiring an effective estate manager will mean that you have peace of mind – knowing your properties are well looked after, whether you’re in residence, or only there for three weeks a year.
Our method is rarely down to just placing an ad. We use our extensive network to headhunt the right estate manager for you.
The role of an estate manager
The role of the estate manager can vary. For one client, they may live in and be solely in charge of a collection of rural properties. For another they could live off site and help manage holiday lets, or prepare your home for personal guests. For someone else, there could be an element of land management, or animal care. Or it could be a collection of city dwellings that you need looking after. Our job is to find out exactly what you need – and to find the right estate manager to match.
Another common requirement of an estate manager is managing other staff – for example gardeners, cleaners, housekeepers and cooks, as well as managing home maintenance, from boiler servicing, to replacing roof tiles. The estate manager may also be in charge of organising events for you. Some even have a handle over the finances of the estate, if you don’t have a separate home office.
And in some cases, clients require an estate manager to manage international properties. As this blog interview with a former luxury lifestyle manager and now estate manager shows, the career path of an estate manager can be varied. It’s an interesting job, and often requires a strong leader to take it on. However, we know that each and every estate management role is different.
Whatever the scope of the estate manager role you require, we can help. Knowing how to hire an estate manager is what we do.
At 14fiftyseven our USP is hiring flexible staff to enhance employers’ lives.
Using estate manager staffing agencies
Our job as an estate manager recruitment agency is to find the best person available. We rarely do this by simply advertising alone.
Our methods including using our extensive global network to headhunt the best candidates. Particularly in the realm of household management and estate management each job is unique. The person who would be ideal for managing a large Scottish castle estate, will be different from the person who could look after a set of properties that includes New York town house, Californian ranch and Canadian outback getaway.
Most estate manager staffing agencies only see the job. We match the candidate to the job but also to the family or business that requires them.
Get in touch at the first opportunity by hitting the Contact Now button at the top of the page, and we’ll start the ball rolling.
A good estate manager is hard to find – let us widen your search.
Payment and tax
If you’re employing someone within your household staff, be they estate manager or cleaner, you need to address salary, tax and pension requirements in a professional way. It’s the right way of going about how to hire an estate manager who works within your business or within your home.
The good news is we can organise all the administration for you. You’ll be safe in the knowledge that everything is above board and being dealt with in a legal and professional way.
Retention and HR issues
We know that retention of good staff is an issue, and we also know that if there are problems – for example personality clashes or differing expectations of a role – then they can be difficult to sort out.
Unlike most household staff and estate management recruitment agencies, we encourage a system of regular appraisals. We can guide our clients in this process. In most cases, this will iron out any problems before they even become hard to handle.
How to hire an estate manager within your budget
It doesn’t matter if you’re a millionaire, a dot-com start up, or someone retiring to a country estate. We work out what is required within your budget with you.
Think outside the box
Have you considered an estate manager with experience outside the usual background or training? We encourage our clients to think about how to hire household staff and estate managers in a modern way. Our priority is always finding the right person for the job.
You may think you would prefer someone trained as an estate manager with similar experience, but someone with alternative experience to being an estate manager may be able to problem solve in a creative way and could tackle problems confidently without coming to you for approval at every turn.
In all cases, we start with that detailed chat, and we assess and discuss with you what your needs are and how they will best be met.
Discretion and Discrimination
We understand the need for discretion. We are a modern household recruitment company where there is no place for discrimination.