CHIEF OF STAFF FOR UHNW ESTATE IN HENLEY-ON-THAMES


Reference Number
CD193
City
Henley-on-Thames
Country
United Kingdom
Salary From
£100000.00
Salary To
£140000.00
Salary Period
annum
Salary Information
negotiable, DOE
Job Type
Permanent
Job Hours
Full-time
Business Area
UHNW
Internal ID
1035
Vacancy Category
Private household

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CHIEF OF STAFF FOR UHNW ESTATE IN HENLEY-ON-THAMES

A truly magnificent opportunity has arisen for an experienced Chief of Staff to support an UHNW family on their large estate in Henley-on Thames, South Oxfordshire. Joining a fully staffed operation, you will assist the principal with a wide range of projects and oversee all business and private matters, ensuring that everything in the principal’s life runs smoothly at all times.

The principal is looking to appoint a consummate professional with a strong work ethic, proactive nature, and exceptional people management skills – having prior family office experience managing teams of 10+ is essential for this role. With a demanding and fluid schedule, you will deliver first-class support to the principal and wider family, overseeing all operations on the Oxfordshire estate, as well as properties abroad, including any renovations and upgrades, liaising directly with contractors and tradesmen.

The ideal candidate will have strong financial acumen, confidently able to manage all operational budgets and expenditure, as well as excellent communication skills in order to oversee all staffing and recruitment matters, working collaboratively with the Estate Manager and House Manager to ensure that all staff members are fully trained. You must be adaptable, flexible, able to multitask and able to work on-the-go.

Working 5 days per week, core working hours are 8am-6pm (including some weekends) but flexibility and out of hours on-call availability are essential requirements for this role. A live-out role, you must be a driver with your own car and live within a 10-15minute drive of Henley-on Thames.

DUTIES TO INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
• Managing all bank accounts, making payments, managing statements and credit card reconciliation; budget management
• Liaising with advisors, accountants, and contractors – handling any insurance claims and managing tax records
• Overseeing properties both in the UK and internationally, including bills, insurances, interior design, managing contractors and maintenance
• Overseeing refurbishments and renovations, managing ongoing projects
• Effective yet professional gatekeeping, ensuring the principal’s time is protected; acting as point of contact for the principal – liaising with high-profile business and professional associates and establishing strong relationships with all external and internal contacts
• Management of all staff in the UK and internationally, overseeing all staffing procedures, managing staff resources, and providing internal feedback when needed
• Offering support and guidance where needed to the House Manager & Estate Manager
• Liaising with the PA regarding travel arrangements, itineraries, and schedules
• Ensuring Health & Safety/Risk Management is managed appropriately across all properties including necessary certifications and assessments
• Ensure maintenance schedules are maintained and adhered to and any key items are taken care of in a timely manner
• Dealing quickly and responsibly with any issues that arise, as well as handling special requests
• Reviewing and implementing SOPs where required
• On-call availability to support the principal in the smooth running of their estate and various interests

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA
• Extensive prior experience as a Chief of Staff for an UHNWI and ideally prior family office experience
• Demonstrable financial acumen and a professional manner
• Strong communication skills, fluency in English to a mother-tongue level
• Proven experience managing a team of 10+ people, excellent interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of Health & Safety practices, risk management and insurance policies
• Excellent eye for detail, knowledge of architecture and refurbishment operations
• Exceptionally organised, reliable, and trustworthy
• Proactive, adaptable, and able to work at a fast pace
• Resilient and unflappable
• Flexibility and willingness to travel when required
• On-call availability
• Confident driver with own car and full, clean UK driver’s license
• Living within a 10-15 min drive from Henley-on-Thames
• Brilliant checkable references

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