View Vacancy - Under-Butler - Ambassador’s Residence Paris M/F (FRA19.625)

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Residence and Support Staff)

The British Embassy is part of a worldwide network representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. We are currently looking for an Under Butler.

Working within the Residence team, to work under the direction of the butler, providing support to him and his colleagues and ensure full professional service to the c. 13,000 guests entertained in the Residence each year as well as the c 180 official overnight guests, of which visiting Ministers and senior officials. Tasks include setting up and delivering the c 450 events per year, which range from breakfasts, lunches and dinners to receptions, trade shows, conferences, concerts and fashion shows.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Front of house service: Responsible for greeting visitors to the Residence and providing a high quality front of house service for all meals and events;

Preparation and set up for events: Cleaning the silver, polishing the glassware and china, laying the dining table, clearing away after the service of all meals, washing up and putting away all the items used, general porterage, including deliveries, tables, chairs, staging etc.;

Setting up of technical and audio-visual equipment, including microphones, projections - receiving and testing laptop-based presentations for events;

Greeting houseguests and showing them to their rooms, offering refreshments, and taking care of them throughout their stay;

Cleaning and manual duties: responsible for keeping the pantry and working environment clean and tidy and the fridges stocked;

Responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the garden furniture, the barbecue, the cellar and storerooms;

Responsible for receiving, checking and storing deliveries. On occasion, running errands including trips to suppliers;

Other duties to be determined as or when required.

This is a live-in position with accommodation provided in communal staff quarters.

Fluent English required;

High standards of personal presentation and good people skills; Capacity to work well at pace and under pressure;

Good knowledge of Microsoft Office.


Basic French is useful;

National Vocation Qualification 2 (NVQ) in food and beverage Service;

Other Front House /Catering or equivalent qualification.

12 December 2019
Full-time, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 February 2020

This is a full-time, permanent position.

All appointments are subject to professional background check satisfactory security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to provide a copy of his/her passport or national identity card for all nationalities held, an up-to-date criminal record (casier judiciaire) for recent countries of residence (which can be obtained online at ), two written proofs of address (utility invoices and/or bank statements) and two references.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in France are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law and FCO guidance for Local Staff. The posts we offer are not an entry point into the UK’s Diplomatic Service.

Your application will only be considered if you follow the guidance below:

  • Your application must be sent in English only.
  • Your application must clearly indicate all nationalities you hold.

Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in France and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

FCO does not pay for travel related expense incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancelation or reschedule costs. The FCO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.