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HR Manager

Irwin & Dow

Dubai, UAE

Ref: NP447-1299

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

After a highly successful HR career within the organisation, the current HR Manager has decided to take time out with her new family. Therefore, we required a hands-on Generalist HR individual within the professional services sector. 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.

Having remained highly resilient during the pandemic, our client has promoted a large number of employees over the last year. 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, 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.

As the client is within a highly skilled professional services industry, training is essential for all technical employees. However, additional training is also provided across all non-technical and additional team members. This can encompass formal classroom based sessions in addition to soft skills, 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. Annual appraisals are also managed by the HR team and the individual 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 8 years’ experience, where at least 3 has been within a management role in the UAE. Additional exposure to Saudi Arabia and UK labour and immigration law is highly advantageous, alongside those holding a relevant HR degree or CIPD qualification. You will be focused and collaborative in your approach and capable of managing a range of HR disciplines. You will also have 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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