The Role of an Estate Manager Explained

The Role of an Estate Manager Explained

We’re all familiar with the concept of a housekeeper, a private assistant or a caretaker – but just what is an estate manager? Here at Simply Private Staff, we recruit and place estate managers in households across the world, and in our time in the industry we’ve come to understand that there are a number of specific skills and duties that go into mastering this role.

Where does an estate manager work?

As suggested by the job title, an estate manager is hired specifically to work on an estate; in other words, a large household with multiple buildings and often several hundred acres of land.

Because an estate is larger and more complex to manage than one household, an estate manager differs from a house manager in terms of skills and experience.

What does an estate manager do?

An estate manager is in charge of the upkeep and day-to-day running of a private estate. They should oversee maintenance, supervise staff members, and manage budgets and events. Typically their work is focused outside of the primary home. This is because land management is a vital part of the role.

If the estate owns animals and livestock, the estate manager will be responsible for overseeing agricultural activities, and liaising with external employees such as vets. They are also expected to ensure that the land is being used to its full potential – whether for farming, commercial, or private purposes.

Many estates run as a business, which is why an estate manager is expected to help with profitability. Whether the estate operates as a farm, a wedding venue, or a residential complex with private tenants, the estate manager must be able to keep on top of all money coming in and out.

Who do they manage?

Staff members managed by an estate manager can include farm workers, game keepers, gardeners, and bookkeepers – this all depends on the estate in question.
Smaller estates may require an estate manager who also takes on an active role in the family home; therefore they may be required to manage and oversee private chefs, butlers and other service staff within the household.

What skills should an estate manager possess?

The ideal estate manager is a jack of all trades; someone professional, personable and polite, who isn’t afraid to get his or her hands dirty.

A financial mind is a big plus, as is experience with project and budget management. Many estate managers will also be expected to have a detailed knowledge of the farming industry, and experience working on the land – in some cases, an agricultural qualification will be desired. However, the specific skills and experience required will differ depending on the placement.

Where can I find an estate manager?

If you require an estate manager (or a house manager or butler) Simply Private Staff can help. We’ve been placing candidates in global locations including London, Monaco, Moscow and Dubai for over 12 years. Our rigorous recruitment process means that we can find the perfectly qualified and experienced candidate for your needs. Contact us today to find out more.