Generalist HR Manager

Irwin & Dow

Dubai, UAE

Ref: NP447-1439

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Our award-winning international client offers a bespoke approach to the interior design requests of their discerning clients. Each project is nurtured uniquely, with time invested in getting to know each client and create their dream space. Established in 2007, this luxury firm has built a strong reputation, working with high-net worth individuals and corporations on a global level.

We are seeking a hands-on and highly operational Generalist HR individual. This role would suit those looking for that next step in their career development into their first stand-alone HR managerial role. The Head office of our client is based in Dubai and additional locations are in Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, forming a total headcount of approximately 100 employees. This includes the HR Assistant, whom will provide administrative support to the successful candidate.

The C-Suite Leadership team are a close knit group who take a supportive and collaborative approach on all HR decisions. Therefore, the HR Manager is required to be knowledgeable in all areas of the business from recruitment and onboarding to training and employee engagement. Additionally, those with knowledge of UAE, Saudi Arabia and UK labour law are of particular interest for this busy role.

Further growth is expected as the organisation takes on new projects across the afore mentioned global locations and the HR Manager will therefore be fully involved in the full recruitment cycle across the group. This will encompass liaison with the Senior Management Team to determine manpower planning and job role requirements, development and review of job descriptions, employment contracts and onboarding processes. Overseeing the HR Administrator throughout the employee visa process you will offer advice and guidance with regards to new applications, renewals and cancellation of visas, Saudization and UK immigration law compliance. Sharing your knowledge across the group and ensuring that you remain updated with any relevant changes in the laws and regulations (including Healthcare and DHA requirements), it is the responsibility of the HR Manager to act as the in-house expert in this regard to further support the Senior Management Team and all internal Hiring Managers. Essentially seeing all employees within the group throughout their life cycle you will also manage the payroll process and liaise with the finance teams in the UK and Saudi Arabia to ensure all the relevant information and payments are made in a timely and accurate manner each month. This also includes bonus and increments, end of service benefits and gratuity payments.

There is strong focus on industry training and development of employees within the organisation. This can encompass formal classroom based sessions in addition to soft skills and IT and technology learning on an ongoing basis. A training needs analysis should be identified and encouraged, as is integral to the organisation where short courses and “bite sized” training sessions are organised regularly by the HR department, utilizing internal resources and external training organizations. Annual appraisals are also managed by the HR team and the HR Manager will guide the Senior Management Team through this process providing all documentation, procedures and expertise as required.


It is essential that the selected HR Manager has a minimum of two to three years of experience within a similar operational Generalist role in the UAE and has been responsible for overseeing a small team (not necessarily with the Management title). Additional exposure to Saudi Arabia and UK labour and immigration law is highly advantageous, alongside those holding a relevant HR degree or CIPD qualification and those from a relevant construction or engineering environment. You will be focused and collaborative in your approach and capable of managing a range of HR disciplines. You will also possess near native English communication abilities and be pro active and engaging in order to be seen as the HR expert for the group.

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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HR Generalist salaries in UAE

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AED 13,500

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