2020-21RS48 - Regional Human Resources Manager

Our client, a European group, is looking for its new Regional Human Resources Manager to steer the HR team.
Within the framework of our client HR strategy and the long-haul HR policy, the HR Manager defines and implements the Human Resources objectives for the region concerned, taking into account the local labour context.
This entails providing a full range of operational HR support & advice to management of all divisions, anticipating on and developing solutions to people related issues in order to support the business objectives.

The HR Manager reports to the General Manager of Middle-East region and works in coordination with the Long-Haul HR managers.
8 countries in the Middle-East region; 4 divisions; 260 employees (direct); 5 direct reports in HR team.


- Establish a working environment that develops staff motivation & professional performance
- Ensure quality of staff competences (training and recruitment)
-Ensure the right level of staff & optimal staff cost
-Guarantee a reliable administrative treatment within the time limits
-Provide an effective support to managers through quality HR expertise & tools
-Ensure compliance to legal & social rules & regulations
-Manage employee relations & social communication & union relations


1. Staff Recruitment, Development & Training

- In cooperation with stakeholders, define role requirements for recruitment.
- Arrange appropriate recruitment advertising, suitable interview & selection methods.
- Ensure timely recruitment & induction administration (informing candidates, making offer to selected candidate, drawing up contract of employment, processing relevant payroll information, work environment ready for first working day)
- Arrange a suitable induction programme in conjunction with direct manager
- Follow up on new starter’s progress

Individual & Team Development

- Advise managers on appraisal process & best practice
- Ensure appraisals are carried out within the determined timeframes
- Conduct people reviews (performance, potential, succession planning) with management team to identify potential next steps for key staff
- Identify & facilitate where required team buildings & development
- Manage leavers (retirement/dismissal/redundancy/voluntary)


- Identify training needs coming from appraisals & business requirements
- Source suitable training & development solutions (internal & external) & ensure budget authorization is acquired & effectiveness of training evaluated
- Ensure maintenance of annual training plan & that all administration is carried out (enrolment, updating training records)

2. Budget

- Preparation of the budget regards staff level/salary cost
- Monitor FTE & Headcount budget /Bi-Portal
- Monitor & control all budgets related to HR (recruitment/training/salary etc)

3. Administration & Payroll of all the employees of the region

- Ensure employee personnel records are maintained & updated (SAP)
- Update organization charts on a regular basis (codes/structure/organigrams)
- Ensure employment contracts & other personnel documentation are legally and fiscally compliant
- Administer payroll
- Administrate applicable pension & health schemes
- Administrate & control staff duty & leisure travel
- Provide advice to staff & management when applicable on payroll & administrative matters

4. Employee Relations (Collective & Individual)

- Where applicable, manage relationship with local workers’ councils/trade unions/employee representatives (communication/negotiation/follow up)
- Advise management on appropriate communication & staff involvement strategies to enhance management & employee relationship
-   Advise management on consistent use of company policies/handbook/procedures such as disciplinary/grievance/health & safety/new employment legislation
-  Communicate & administer staff survey & facilitate follow up actions plans & staff sessions
- Manage relationship with legal advisor & legal cases where necessary

5. Advisory role to Management & leader of HR Team

- Define in concert with management team & Long-Haul HR, the local people policy & HR component of the business plan
- Lead & contribute to HR part of projects coming from business plan & corporate
- Advise management team on Change Management principles & contribute to managing change projects or events within the establishment
- Safeguard the culture, values & ethics of the group
- Lead & manage the local HR teams & ensure its professional development

6. Compensation & Benefits

- Advise management on appropriate salary levels in recruitment, promotions etc.
- Conduct regular benchmark with comparable companies on local market
- Negotiate where applicable, cost efficient benefits (pension scheme etc) in line with corporate policy
- Ensure understanding & application of local salary scales & remuneration policy

7. Expatriates

- Take care of housing/schooling/car lease according to corporate policy
- Administrate expatriate remuneration through local payroll in accordance with corporate expat department

Regional people stakes for the coming 2 years:

- Support and groom the young managers
- Change management (mindset shift)


• Master degree in Human Resources
• Strong experience and maturity, minimum 8 years of relevant HR experience
• Minimum 3 years of experience in team management
• Project management experience
• Change management experience
• Fluent in English, Arabic and French are an advantage


•  Building trust
• Excellence in execution
• Ability to communicate with management in headquarter (influence, convince) and to challenge the local teams.
•Business Orientation
• Self starter, independent
• International background or interest

Interested candidates, please apply online. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


In case your profile matches the offer, we will contact you as soon as possible. If you do not receive feedback from us within two weeks, please consider that your application has not been selected for this offer.

Please note that we only consider candidates who are already in the United Arab Emirates.


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