Estate Managers / Directors
Although an estate director or estate manager’s duties may vary hugely depending on the size of the estate, in general the role requires the management of every aspect of the establishment. On larger estates, an estate director may be responsible for all the estate staff, accounting and bookkeeping, whilst on a smaller scale, the job might call for a more hands-on approach. In many cases, where the owners live away, the estate manager would reside on the estate.
Typically in charge of an estate in excess of 5,000 acres the estate manager or director will have overall responsibility for its smooth running. They will also be responsible for the profitability of the estate.
Business activities of estates may include:
- A residential and commercial property portfolio
- A commercially run shoot
- A combination of arable and livestock farming activity
- Management of a range of tenanted farms
Eden Private Staff is experienced in conducting searches for estate directors and estate managers. We can find candidates for roles ranging from a 200 acre Home Counties estate to much larger commercial estates comprising thousands of acres, with turnovers of millions of pounds. We are able to recruit for estates all over the world.
The role of the estate manager or estate director is varied. They may take on many responsibilities, including:
- Overseeing and contributing to the smooth running, general upkeep and maintenance of the estate and its properties.
- Overseeing agricultural activities, including all livestock and arable operations.
- Liaising with external bodies such as Defra, RPA and AVLA, if based in the UK.
- Dealing with external advisors such as agronomists, vets, and farriers.
- Managing the land and using it to its best potential.
- Overseeing sporting activities – such as a shoot.
- Supervising other staff members.
- Administration and management of budgets, event planning and management.
The knowledge, experience and skills of an estate manager or director will vary depending on the size of the estates they have previously managed. Many will have experience in managing multiple residences, often abroad, giving them valuable international experience and some will come from a commercial farming background.
To perform such an important role, the right candidate will usually hold a formal qualification or have extensive experience. Most qualifications will be in land management or farming, taken at a variety of universities and colleges, of which the most well known is the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester..
Here is one of our candidates looking for an opportunity in the South West
We are fortunate to have available via Eden Private Staff a fabulous a highly experienced estate manager with professional farm management experience, a OND in Agriculture with distinction and post graduate degree in organic farming with commendation. He is a highly experienced working farm and estate manager with extensive long term experience of working on small and large scale estates up to 4000 acres. With professional experience of overseeing all aspects of managing a working farm and estate including arable cropping along with organic farming, grassland, managing large herds of livestock, looking after all finical management, ensuring regulations are met and overseeing purchases, sales and budgets. Also extensive experience in overseeing woodland care and management, formal gardens, general estate maintenance, estate shoots, private and rented estate properties and management of staff. Being the hands on man on the ground when dealing with tenants, looking after the needs of the principals and working with managing agents if required. With long term experience of 8 plus years in his last two positions, our candidate has an extensive range of skills and experience to offer in ensuring the smooth management of a small or large scale estate or farm. He is looking to secure an ideally long term opportunity based in the South West managing a small or large mixed estate offering employers his extensive experience in all aspects of hands on estate or farm management. Flexible on hours and time off with proven commitment and excellent references he is available for with notice for the right opportunity…..If you would like to here more about this candidate, please call Caroline Butler
A slight variation on the estate director role is that of facilities director. Typically this will involve responsibility for a diverse range of buildings and land which will be part of a large organisation or body, such as a school, hospital, office block or university. They will be responsible for the staff maintaining these premises, such as gardeners, construction or building maintenance staff. They would form part of the senior management team of an organization, generally report to the managing director, finance director or a CEO.
For further information please contact the Eden Private Staff Team on 020 7471 6000.