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Bilingual Senior Executive Assistant to CEO (Arabic / English)

Irwin & Dow

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Ref: NP447-1127

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

We are currently seeking a highly experienced and professional Executive Assistant to support a very dynamic and engaging CEO; one of the Emirate’s premier young business leaders. The scope on this role is unlimited and the successful candidate will have strategic insight to the diverse business interests of the Group and be the interface between the CEO, his large team of direct reports and the Shareholders of the Group. This position truly represents an opportunity that will provide tremendous challenge, with real scope for personal development, for those who are career focused individuals. Due to the nature of the role and subsequent responsibilities, we are seeking candidates who have considerable C-Suite experience in a one to one capacity, supporting at a dynamic and pressured level. We are looking for candidates who have worked in an international environment with the skills required to streamline the workload and act as a prolific gatekeeper to the CEO.


Complex travel and diary management must have been a major part of your roles to date, coupled with client interface and advanced presentation work. There will be complex stakeholder engagement and interaction and full responsibility for AGM, Board, Town Halls and Ex-Comm meetings, drafting, editing and proofreading letters, emails and other documents such as biographies, speeches and promotional material will be part of the remit as well as establishing and maintaining a document management system to ensure ease of access at all times. The EA will also assist with event organisation on an ad hoc basis.

As a prospective candidate, you will be able to demonstrate strong regional knowledge, cultural sensitivity and an understanding of the political landscape of the region. You will be used to managing high profile relationships with government figures and international business leaders and you will be able to act as ambassador for the CEO at all times. Candidates will be screened thoroughly for this role and only those who meet the specific criteria will be contacted. The successful candidate will have the ability to adapt and show flexibility and work within a culturally rich environment. From a language perspective, English and Arabic must be completely fluent (spoken and written) and a degree would be considered advantageous.

About the Company

Irwin & Dow was established by two highly experienced recruitment professionals, Tracey Irwin and Jocelyn Dow. We provide a refreshing approach by working in close partnership with clients and candidates within the Business Support, Secretarial, HR & Finance sectors.

Good staff are key to every business. We recognise and appreciate this, having over thirty years combined recruitment and executive search experience within the region.

Our main aim is to provide a specialist service to clients preferring to work with a bespoke consultancy.

Our values of discretion and diplomacy are paramount and our ultimate goal is to become a partner of choice for all our clients and candidates.

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Executive Assistant salaries in UAE

Average monthly compensation
AED 12,000

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