London Chauffeur Vacancies
Would you like to chauffeur high-profile executives, celebrities and other nice people around London and the South East of England? Are you PCO registered? Do you own a modern, luxury chauffeur car? Do you know your way around London, and don't rely on your satnav? Are you willing to go that extra mile to keep your clients happy? If so, then iChauffeur would love to hear from you.
iChauffeur are a premium, chauffeur hire company, with an emphasis on quality and service. They are actively searching for the best chauffeurs in the business to augment their existing chauffeur drivers and cars. They expect a great deal from their chauffeurs, but will reward the right drivers with some fantastic work and a very high income.
Experienced, chauffeur professionals need only apply please. If you think that your satnav will direct you to your pickups then, please look elsewhere. iChauffeur's clients are generally professional and sometimes quite demanding with their requirements. If this all sounds like too much trouble, then becoming an iChauffeur is not for you.
Experienced and Professional
If you can drive smoothly, calmly and most importantly safely, under pressure, to tight deadlines, then please read on. It goes without saying that it is imperative that you have a current UK driving licence, valid PCO private hire licence and PCO car licence. You must be smart of appearance, and be expected to wear a dark suit and tie. Occasionally you may have to wear a chauffeur's hat, but it is rare to be asked to wear the full chauffeur livery nowadays.
Your chauffeur car
Similarly, your car must be modern (normally less than 2 years old), in good repair, taxed and MOT tested every 6 months if more than 1 years old. Your vehicle should be a luxury model, some of the most requested cars are Bentley Arnage, Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Rolls-Royce Phantom, new shape Mercedes-Benz S Class (long wheelbase model), Mercedes-Benz Viano (Ambiente model), BMW 7 series (long wheel-base), Jaguar and Range Rover. iChauffeur will consider other cars, and in particular hybrid models for their Eco Chauffeur subsidiary. Whatever car you use, it must be fully insured for private hire, you should have full liability insurance too. It is extremely important that your car is valeted regularly and has mints, tissues, water and today's paper on board. For wedding car hire, you will be expected to supply champagne and ribbons.
A good knowledge of London
You will be expected to demonstrate a good knowledge of London, an awareness of the major restaurants, hotels, theatres and nightclubs, as well as tourist attractions and places of interest. You will also be able to communicate clearly in English, and have a mobile telephone with text message facility, and a working email address. Before you can chauffeur for iChauffeur, you will have to supply at least two references, pass the PCO and CRB security checks and also sign a confidentiality agreement, which in a nutshell states that whatever goes on in the car, stays in the car. You will never discuss any of your clients business with anybody. Security and safety are the two most important mantras that an iChauffeur is expected to never compromise, so these details must always remain confidential.
Punctuality is expected at all times, you have to plan to be at least 15 minutes early of your scheduled collection time, if you are not 15 minutes early, you are late! If on a rare occasion you are running late, you will be expected to contact iChauffeur, well before the designated collection time, so that the client can be made aware of the situation, and contingency procedures put in place. Good planning is essential, you should have already planned your route well before the collection, unless it is an "as directed" journey. All journeys are booked in advance, so you will have no excuse if you do not know where you are heading.
Route finding skills
Yesterday's Sun newspaper ran a story of an Eastern European driver, programming LIMINGTON, Somerset into his satnav, instead of LYMINGTON in the New Forest If this was you, please do not apply here! An ideal candidate would be someone with years of London experience, and because of the nature of the work, retired Police officers often make good chauffeurs. If you don't know London, iChauffeur are not interested. Admittedly satnav and other high tech aids will compliment your knowledge, but should not be used on their own.
You will be expected to demonstrate your driving skills and awareness to the iChauffeur chairman, an experienced chauffeur. He will be looking for safe, defensive driving with chauffeurs that preempt sticky situations and drivers that are looking ahead to make sure that their passengers are driven smoothly and in great comfort. Ayrton Senna's need not apply, only in very rare circumstances would you have to take emergency or security evasion maneuvers. It won't do you any harm to have taken Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Police, Advanced motoring and skid pan training, but the emphasis is on being smooth and slick. Drama should be reserved for the clients theatre or movie appointment, it should not show it's face in the car, except in extreme circumstances. Remember: safe, secure and smooth, that is all you need to know. You should have good knowledge of your car, know how to operate interior lighting, air conditioning and sound and vision equipment, remember it is important that the car is set exactly as the customer wishes. You will not be expected to allow smoking in your vehicle, but drinks and sometimes food should be permitted, but the customer would be responsible for any damage caused as a result of this though.
A likeable personality
Chauffeurs should be discrete, polite, well mannered and be able to demonstrate good etiquette and patience. You will ideally be a warm, and likeable personality, and use good judgment as to where and when it is permitted or acceptable to speak with your clients. This again depends on the clients wishes. Some like to communicate with their chauffeurs, others will only wish for a polite nod, and expect silence in the car - again, an experienced chauffeur will be able to ascertain this on a client by client basis. If you fancy yourself as a part time comedian, singer or therapist - then again, look elsewhere.
You will need to show great initiative at times, as even the best made plans can go wayward sometimes. A good clear head with bags of common sense is expected, but remember that iChauffeur are on hand to assist in these times. Sometimes though, it will be up to you to take remedial action, so you must be ready to make decisions and try and resolve problems, preferably before they become a problem.
The ideal iChauffeur candidate
iChauffeur would love to hear from experienced, professional chauffeurs with great driving, topographical and people skills. You should not be a drug user, heavy drinker, or have a medical condition that may effect your work and already have a valid PCO licence. Your car will be immaculate and will be a luxury model. In return for this, iChauffeur will provide you with some excellent and rewarding work, a weekly pay cheque, and all the support you need to provide their clients with the top levels of service that iChauffeur clients expect. If you are a former Police officer, have a history in the military or similar responsible position, and have some good chauffeuring experience, iChauffeur would love to hear from you.
Call 020 8400 4829 or contact iChauffeur to find out more about chauffeuring opportunities with iChauffeur Ltd, London.