An estate manager holds one of the top positions in a private household. He or she has a very important role, working directly with the owners to plan and execute the management of the estate. The estate manager is often held in extremely high regard, namely because they hold a highly challenging role and one that is integral to their principal’s personal projects. In some instances, where there are multiple properties, the estate manager will likely travel extensively so as to be able to oversee activity in the different locations. In this instance, the estate manager might go mobile, employing the latest technology in order to run things from the road.
Why become an estate manager?
Successful estate managers can enjoy extremely rewarding jobs. To achieve the best results, they will be in complete synch with their employer, and have experience and a skillset quite unlike other roles in private service. These might include:
• Leadership and mentoring expertise
• Business skills in finance, IT and HR
• Complex project management
• Negotiating skills
• Farm and/ or land management
For someone who enjoys variety in their work, responsibility and the opportunity to travel, an estate managerial position could open incredible opportunities to living an enviable lifestyle. That said, don’t make the mistake of assuming it’s all glamour - it most certainly is not for the majority of the time! Salaries range from £50,000 - £100,000+ bonus, and additional benefits often include free accommodation, car, insurance cover, clothing allowance and paid travel.
How can you become an estate manager?
To be eligible for this highly esteemed role, first you’ll have to possess some character traits before you can even be considered for climbing the ladder. The most important quality is undoubtedly discretion, followed by reliability and a ‘no-fuss’ attitude.
When we look to hire an estate manager, we also look at qualifications. Most of our successful candidates will have a degree or certification in land management or farming.
The path to becoming an estate manager might be shaped via hospitality management. Many estate managers may have come from farming backgrounds and tenant management positions too. And of course, estate managers may have risen through the ranks within private service as a domestic employee. An alternative route is as a Private PA.
It won’t happen overnight
The average age of an estate manager is 45 - 55+. This isn’t to say that the industry is ageist, but it’s a reflection of the experience required to be successful. It is a rewarding role in lots of ways, but to secure it there are a plethora of skillsets and knowledge required that simply can’t be taught overnight.
We recruit a number of estate managers and each of them is unique. Some of them are 50:50 roles partnered with Private PA positions, and some are very farm management / tenant-management orientated. Others can be highly business-focussed and work very closely with the employer in their business affairs. The scope of the position essentially depends on the owner of the estates, the teams and the estates themselves.
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