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Talent Acquisition Specialist

APCO Worldwide
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Dubai, United Arab EmiratesPosted 27 days ago
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Job DescriptionThe role We are looking for a Talent Acquisition Specialist to join our MENA talent acquisition team in a newly created position. The role will have a focus on recruiting for our growing Saudi Arabia office in Riyadh, but we are open to candidates being based in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Riyadh. If based in Saudi Arabia, we must comply with the Nitaqat labour law, with a focus on hiring Saudi Nationals.Reporting to the Talent Acquisition Partner, MENA who is based in Dubai, the TA Specialist will play an instrumental role as a strategic recruiting partner, mapping and sourcing candidates and managing the full life-cycle recruitment process for positions in Saudi Arabia, but also across our MENA offices as required.The ideal candidate for this position will be Arabic-speaking and have a strong knowledge of the Saudi Arabian market and have strong research skills coupled with the ability to provide a best-in-class candidate experience.This role requires the ability to quickly become an expert in the communications and advisory space so that you can build pipelines of talent in our key hiring verticals, provide intelligence to the business, and help us to meet not only immediate hiring needs but emerging ones too.Responsibilities Manages full life cycle recruiting: maps and sources candidates, conducts phone screen interviews, maintains relationships with candidates throughout the interview process, makes recommendations on hiring decisions, drafts employment agreements, checks candidate references, gathers required documents (visas, education information), and negotiates and prepares offers. Partners with business leaders and MENA/Global Talent Acquisition team to understand short- and long-term needs across the business to identify passive and active candidates and over time build strong candidate pipelines. Maps, identifies and builds pipelines of short-term/part-time and full-time talent across key hiring verticals. Expands and leverages external networks; builds relationships with professional groups and educational institutions and promotes APCO employer brand. Ensures a positive candidate experience by conducting hiring manager interview training and maintaining regular contact with candidates throughout their interview process. Supports employer branding activity for the region and contributes to global employer brand initiatives. Partners with Finance, Resourcing and HR team to forecast quarterly and annual hiring needs by office. Is a member of the global TA function at APCO and coordinates and collaborates with recruiters in other regions to optimize sourcing, and networks and enhance candidate engagement. Partners with other team members to identify process improvement opportunities. Stays current and proactive in identifying the latest best practices and developments in talent acquisition, including appropriate technology and social media tools. Qualifications At least three years experience in recruiting roles in MENA. Experience in recruiting in Saudi Arabia is a plus. Prior experience in a professional services or agency environment is preferred. Strong project management experience. Able to map and pipeline talent effectively. Demonstrated ability to deploy effective tools and practices to successful talent sourcing and acquisition. Proven track record of delivering strong candidates for critical projects/roles. Good understanding of behavioral and case interviewing techniques. Strong written and presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels and across cultures. Collaborative team player who also has the ability to work independently, take initiative, and set priorities. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines. Demonstrated ability to recruit talent, think analytically, and develop creative solutions, especially for difficult candidate searches. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or equivalent  With our commitment to recruit, hire, promote and retain people who reflect the diverse communities in which we operate, APCO ensures our teams bring the best possible expertise and diverse perspectives to our clients. We embrace diversity of identity, experience and thought, starting with our values and extending to our behaviors, policies and practices. We aim to create a positive work experience and welcoming environment where everyone feels they belong and can thrive.About UsAbout APCOAPCO is a global advisory and advocacy firm helping leading corporations, foundations and governments navigate a complex world and create lasting impact.Founded in 1984, with one woman’s vision and bold action, APCO has grown into an independent, majority women-owned firm of more than 1,200 employees with work spanning 80 markets around the world.Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO is comprised of strategic advisers, consultants and creators, working together across borders and functions, to provide services and expertise on financial, competitive, political and societal issues.APCO is a trusted partner to bold purpose-led leaders, lawmakers, government officials, NGOs, the media and other stakeholders in the health, energy, technology, transportation & infrastructure and food & consumer products sectors. For 40 years, the firm has provided public affairs, crisis & reputation, impact, corporate reputation and global solutions services.APCO is renowned for its ability to champion clients’ interests and permission to operate , build their reputation and strengthen their standing. APCO’s integrated approach and team of tenacious and empathic talent create connections and winning strategies that accelerate progress and deepen impact.By bringing diverse people and ideas together, and working beyond traditional boundaries, APCO builds the un/common ground upon which progress is made.

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