Generalist HR Manager

Irwin & Dow

Dubai, UAE

Ref: NP447-1566

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

With headquarters based in Europe, this Generalist HR Manager will work across the group, acting in a shared service function for up to 6 business units, with a current headcount of 30. However, it is expected that the business will expand resulting in an increase of up to 50-60 employees in the next 1-2 years. With a diverse range of businesses including consultancy, technical services to the engineering industry, logistics and investments, 22 employees are based in Dubai, with a smaller team of 8 in Abu Dhabi. Most are currently at a senior level, but as the company grows you will be instrumental in the recruitment of additional support functions at mid-management level and below.

The initial responsibility of the new HR Manager will be to implement all policies and procedures with uniformity across the group ensuring all labour law compliance, templates, data management and systems are fit for purpose. Reporting to the General Manager, you will support her and the wider senior team with your proven HR expertise, offering guidance and advice concerning best practice, market intelligence, recruitment and talent acquisition strategies, employee engagement, learning and development, dispute resolution and ongoing efficiencies and improvements to encourage an open-door policy for the complete HR agenda.

This role will offer a great deal of autonomy as you will be viewed as the HR expert within the organisation. You will liaise with all senior stakeholders including those at Board Level to impact and add value for the long-term, and see the organisation through a completely new shared group HR function for the first time. It will take a strong personality with resilience to push back and challenge in a professional manner, holding the company’s ethics and values accountable at all times.


You will be a solutions driven HR professional with at least 5 years of experience in the UAE at a Managerial level in a small organisation, or a Supervisory/ Assistant Manager in a large global MNC. You will act with a “firm but fair” approach and maintain strong communications with all employees irrelevant of seniority level. Those with a diverse range of industry exposure, additional language skills, alongside an excellent standard of English and CIPD qualifications are highly sought for this organisation that is focusing on growth in the near future.

About the Company

Irwin & Dow was established in 2013 to provide clients with a unique and highly personalised recruitment service, providing the very top calibre of candidates across the business support and secretarial function.

We provide a refreshing approach, working in close partnership with clients and candidates across diverse industry sectors; large MNC’s, government & semi -government entities, SME’s, local businesses and in the start-up and UHNWI support framework.

Great people equal great success: all our candidates are interviewed personally by a member of the team, and we develop longstanding and in-depth relationships with our clients, understanding their corporate culture and goals to ensure a successful outcome for both parties.

Our values of discretion and diplomacy are paramount, and we are pleased to be a partner of choice for clients and candidates.

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