The Estate Manager is the top level in the household, working directly with the owners to plan and execute the overall management of property and service. Estate Managers typically set the service standard and are responsible for the hiring, training, and ongoing management of staff required to meet the service needs of the household. All related financial matters including accounting, budgets, and payroll normally pass through the Estate Manager’s hands.
Based on the size of the property, the Estate Manager may wear many other hats or delegate these functional areas to dedicated experts. Interfacing with accountants, attorneys, curators, captains, pilots, architects, financial advisors, and more is par for the course. Common direct supervision tasks may include screening and overseeing outside vendors, contractors, construction projects, maintenance of grounds, collections, autos, yachts, private planes, etc.
With multiple properties, most Estate Managers travel ahead of their employer to get a property ready for their arrival and brief the staff on any necessary changes or service requirements. An Estate Manager may also be called upon to plan and execute events for the owner. This could range from a simple dinner for eight to a grand, formal gathering for eight hundred. The levels of “hands-on” involvement can vary, but to truly exemplify the Estate Manager title, the details of service are executed primarily via management, and not as a service provider.
The top Estate Managers in the industry possess a unique combination of skills and abilities rarely found in other professions. Above all, the right person for the job will be adaptable to the standards and desires of the employer. Execution of plans and tasks can be taught and developed with a basic skill set, but only those who are truly “in sync” with their employer and environment will succeed for the long term.
Estate Manager fees will vary for each client. Please contact us to request a quote.