Job Vacancy: Assistant Butler at the Residence of the Ambassador of Japan

Working hours:
  • Number of working days is normally 22 per 4 week period
  • Number of working hours is 8 per day, including a 30 minutes break as assigned (weekends included)
  • Actual working hours will be specified in the individual work schedule
  • On ad hoc basis, night duty may also be assigned, based on the individual work schedule
Location: Residence of the Ambassador of Japan, London
Application Deadline: 22 September, 18:00 BST.
Job Details:

The Residence of the Ambassador of Japan seeks a highly qualified person, who is also good at working as a team, for the role of Assistant Butler. The Japanese Ambassador’s Residence hosts a wide variety of events including, but not limited to, dinners, receptions, and VVIP visits. These occasions are an integral part of diplomatic activity and require the utmost highest standards of professionalism. The Assistant Butler plays an essential role in the Team at the Residence.

Japan is proud of its high standard of hospitality. The Ambassador represents the Government of Japan in the United Kingdom, and through their diplomatic activities, the Ambassador and Residence Team are very active in promoting Japanese culture and cuisine, as well as Japanese way of hospitality. It is not a requirement for the applicant to have a background in Japan. The Team is very friendly, and happy to help you understand and learn about butler service in the diplomatic field, and the Japanese way of hospitality.
Duties include:
  • Reception and cosseting of guests
  • Professional service (such as serving of wines, refreshments and meals)
  • General cleaning of the property and maintaining tableware, cutlery and other household items
  • Overall caretaking and security of the property and ancillary elements on regular and routine basis
  • Competence and experience in butler and hospitality work
  • Professional service skills
  • A good command of the English language
  • Discretion
- A command of the Japanese language would be highly appreciated, but not necessary
- Experience in fine dining service and/or handling VIPs would be appreciated
- Knowledge of British culture, customs and etiquette is preferable
- Uniforms will be provided

How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit a CV (as detailed as possible) and covering letter explaining how you are able to meet the requirements for the position, along with your visa type, current salary, daytime telephone number and email address to before 22 September, 18:00 BST.


All applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration Act. All applicants must state that this right is obtained through citizenship, permanent residency or work permit in their application. Applicants not providing this information in their application will not be considered for employment. Short-listed applicants will be asked to provide, prior to interview, documentation to certify their legal right to work in the UK.

The local employee shall serve a probation period of three months immediately after the start date of employment.

It is the Embassy’s policy that we do not give any kind of feedback of the interviews.

Embassy of Japan (Protocol Section)
101-104 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7JT