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General Information

Job title:
Domestic Couple in Barrington, Illinios: $100K+ and Benefits
Job location:
Barrington, IL  60010 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
Job type:
• $100K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications)

• Health Insurance

• 401K

• Paid vacation

• Paid government holidays

• Living provided

• Discretionary annual bonus and raise (performance evaluation required)
Job Category:
Domestic Couple

Job Description

Principals living in Barrington, Illinois are seeking a professional, experienced, creative and detail oriented domestic couple to prepare healthy meals, complete housekeeping responsibilities and assist with house management for their 6,500 square foot main residence on 600+ acres. The schedule is typically on Monday - Friday at 9:00am - 6:00/7:00pm. Daily schedule will depend on the principals' schedules. Flexibility is required to work later evenings and weekends. Safe vehicle for transportation is required for driving during hours when domestic couple is not working (vehicle is provided for staff to run errands, transport principals, etc.). Candidates must be comfortable working with a hypo allergenic dog and collaborative to work with fully staffed residences (e.g., family office, 30+ domestic employees, drivers, yacht captain, etc.). Ideal candidates are highly organized self-starters with exceptional communication and problem solving skills. Reporting to the principals, the domestic couple will take full responsibility for the management of this formal residence, and will be required to deliver world class service to the principals and their visitors. Start date is highly flexible for the right candidate.

Job Requirements


• Creativity in preparing healthy meals and spa cuisine (organic food required)

• Keeping up-to-date on the latest culinary trends and fads

• Experienced with planning menus for principals and events

• Capable of creating lists and ordering or shopping for fresh foods

• Professional presence and experience in food presentation and table setting is mandatory

• Responsible for white glove serving of meals to principals (Occasionally and mainly only when guests are visiting)

• Responsible for all food preparation and kitchen related duties along with grocery shopping

• High standards of health and hygiene with food

• Properly storing ingredients and leftovers

• Responsible for coordinating cooking and serving times with principals

• Responsible for cleaning and tidying kitchen after each use

• Maintaining all kitchen equipment

• Interactions with extended family and business associates for holiday meals, business lunches and events at the residence

• Providing hospitality and service to visitors, guests and residents (including formal service when hosting private events)

• Managing all aspects of care, keeping and maintenance of the home

• Responding to special requests from principals for household related errands

• Daily walk through of main residence to ensure that all systems are functioning properly

• Scheduling service personnel and contractors while keeping family office and other staff informed of appointments

• Responsible for negotiating contracts and managing relationships with outside vendors (minimal amount required as family office handles majority of this)

• Responsible for complying with household budgets

• Overseeing household projects from start to finish

• Responsible for maintaining comprehensive household manuals setting priorities for tasks on daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis

• Responsible for maintaining file systems including those for household operations, warranty manuals, household equipment, invitations, entertainment logs, etc.

• Responsible for maintaining contacts lists that include family members, vendors, contracts, businesses, etc.

• Manage inventory for all household item supplies (e.g., China, crystal, clothing, etc.)

• Ensure pantry, refrigerator and wine cellar are properly stocked in accordance with the principals travel and entertaining schedules

• General housekeeping including care for fine art and furniture (Specific knowledge of how to care for fine fabrics, different woods, antiques and natural stone)

• Responsible for all housekeeping responsibilities (Linens, clothing, etc. are sent to dry cleaner for ironing)

• Maintain security systems at residences and check/test on a regular basis

• Provide hospitality and attend to guests and family members needs when visiting

• Managing household schedules and calendars

• Event planning, organization, coordination and flawless execution day of event

• Handling household bills and administrative duties (family office is responsible for paying bills)

• Manage household petty cash and proper documentation and submission of house credit card purchases/receipts

• Coordinate trips to other residences with respective house managers and domestic staff at those locations

• Help principals prepare for travel (e.g., purchasing requested items, packing, unpacking, etc.)

• Schedule meetings with principals as needed to discuss their schedules, travel plans, upcoming events, special projects, etc.

• Responsible for running errands and performing necessary tasks (e.g., shopping for home supplies, food and other requested items)

• Responsible for house projects and handling things around the homes (e.g., receiving deliveries, service providers, contractors, answering phone calls, sending emails, etc.)


• Comfortable around animals and pets (e.g., large dogs, horses, etc.)

• Highly flexible with work hours and willing to be accommodating to the principals needs

• Highly organized, detail oriented, proactive, excellent time management, efficient and service focused

• Attentive to principals' preferences and style (intuitive to their needs)

• Ability to maintain discretion (confidentiality agreement is required)

• Ability to be discreet with respect for employer’s privacy (ability to be friendly without being too familiar and available without being intrusive)

• Professional presentation of self and great personality

• Ability to develop and maintain solid working relationships with service providers, contractors and vendors

• Ability to easily take direction

• Strong ability to communicate and collaborate efficiently with principals, family office and household staff (effective verbal communication skills required)

• Strong technology skills and experience working with Macintosh, Microsoft Word and Excel

• Sufficient knowledge of business communications (including telephone, voicemail and e-mail)

• Seeking longevity/long term commitment (e.g., at least 2-5+ years)

• High level of energy, positive attitude and ability to handle residences and staff with ease and calm demeanor

• Active and fit

• Non-Smoker


• Culinary degree or certificate

• Bachelor’s degree is preferred

• 5-10+ years of consistent and recent domestic experience as a domestic couple with an ultra high net worth family

• 3-4 references from domestic position(s)

• Driver’s license and clean driving record

• Extensive background checks including drug test
(Job number: 3622728)