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What does an Estate Manager do?

That should probably say what doesn’t an Estate Manager do?

Every Estate Manager’s role is different; according to the estate he or she manages, the number of staff under their supervision, the scope and complexities of the estate itself and the demands of their employer.

Responsible for the upkeep, day-to-day running and profitability of the estate, he/she will oversee maintenance, supervise staff, manage budgets and events. Mainly household based estate managers will also need to focus on land and outbuilding management.

One thing every estate manager has in common though, is an extremely varied and interesting workload.

One of the main aspects of the Estate Manager’s role is the supervision of staff who in turn are responsible for different areas of the estate.  The Estate Manager is responsible for ensuring everyone’s work is carried out to exacting standards, reporting back to the property owner as and when required.

What skills does an Estate Manager need?

Working to an exceptionally high standard, Estate Managers are extremely capable and possess an enviable set of skills:

·      Extremely good with people (at all levels, without exception)

·      Great communication skills (both verbal and written)

·      A keen attention to detail

·      Flexible and adaptable – quick to switch focus from one issue to the next effectively

·      Strong finance, scheduling and technical management skills

·      Management skills – ensuring all parts of the estate run smoothly, 24/7. Assessing the estate’s upkeep as well as individual employee’s performance.

·      Leadership skills – a strong leader with a positive team-focus, keeping everyone motivated, happy and focused - energy and a positive attitude a must.

·      Research – an in-depth knowledge of your estate - back to front and inside out - including any commercial concerns, knowledge of antiques and valuable items that may require particular attention.

·      Technical – a strong background in spreadsheets and calculation software is a must, in order to manage payroll and schedules. Possess the right personal skills to contain and manage conflict as well as running software to ensure the estate runs smoothly.

Top 5 things on the Estate Manager’s to-do list:

  1. Supervising Staff – as the main conduit between staff and owner, the estate staff will normally report directly to the Estate Manager.
  2. Review Performance – conducting staff quarterly reviews to discuss performance, training and development.
  3. Negotiating Contracts – with an eye on good-value, meeting with vendors and negotiating contracts for any external goods such as: food, furnishings and maintenance.
  4. Budgeting and Overseeing Systems – system management is a big part of the role, including annual budgeting, scheduling for employees, payroll management and use of estate facilities.
  5. Liaison – as an extension of the owner’s brand the Estate Manager represents the owner and the estate, therefore will on occasion be required to travel and meet with suppliers, external contacts, representing both commercial and domestic interests.

Estate Manager Salary Range

From between EUR 3000 to EUR 3500 per month. 

As you’ll see the role is varied and interesting and hugely rewarding for the right candidate. If we’ve piqued your interest and you’d like to look for the latest roles in Estate Management take a look at our Villa Recruit jobs listings today.

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