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Boyden Middle East
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Role Summary

The Principal provides a strategic role in the executive search process. Capable and responsible for executing searches across a plethora of business areas, partnering with and supporting the Partners to achieve the successful delivery of projects. If supported by an Associate on a search the Principal will oversee and lead the delivery whilst coaching and mentoring the Associate.


Duties & Responsibilities


  • Conduct pre-briefing research before a Client/Partner briefing, in order to have a foundational understanding of the client and role, enabling astute and relevant questions to be asked at the onset of a search kick-off.
  • Develop a search strategy that includes compilation of target list, screening criteria, deliverables and timelines.
  • Conduct thorough research, and map target companies to build lists of suitable candidates that reflect the client briefing received.
  • Use a variety of sourcing techniques to identify relevant candidate profiles.
  • Prepare role specifications using the information provided by the client and Partner during the briefing.
  • Conduct in depth screening to qualify candidates and ascertain the fit with the role specification and the criteria agreed with the Client or Partner.
  • Develop a longlist of candidates to present to the Partner or Client.
  • Schedule interviews for the Partners with longlisted/shortlisted candidates.
  • Ensure an exceptional experience through excellent candidate and client communication.
  • Balance deadlines and deliverables for multiple searches at a time.
  • Regularly update the database to ensure that the information stored is accurate, up to date whilst maintaining GDPR compliance.
  • Continuously seek to gather and disseminate candidate, market and industry intelligence.
  • Act as a mentor and role model to Research Analysts, Associates, and Senior Associates. Assist with their training and development.
  • Support Partners in preparing for client meetings and pitches; conduct pre-meeting market research analysis.

Educational Qualifications & Experience

  • Educated to Degree level
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in an Executive Search environment, preferably 1 year of which should be in the Middle East Market.



  • Good stakeholder management and ability to build trust and rapport.
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships.
  • Superior oral, interpersonal and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong intuition for culture fit.
  • Adaptable and comfortable dealing with ambiguity and change.
  • Innovative and proactive with an ability to develop creative solutions.
  • Very organised with a track record of excellence, efficiency and delivery.
  • Self-starter with the drive, motivation and ambition to succeed.
  • Team player with a collaborative approach and passion for knowledge sharing.
  • Ability to multitask and plan workload autonomously.                      

Direct Reports

  • Ad hoc basis – Research Associate or Research Analyst
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