Dubai, UAE

Talent Acquisition Manager

At AKQA, we believe in the imaginative application of art and science to create beautiful ideas, products and services. With an entrepreneurial and collaborative approach, we design adaptive digital services and applications that capture the imagination, delivering impressive returns for our clients.

As a Talent Acquisition Manager at AKQA, you’ll be responsible for sourcing and closing candidates at all levels of the organisation across the EMEA region, with a specific focus on our studios in Dubai, Cairo and Riyadh. Our ideal candidate has a robust network of potential candidates across the region, and strong project management and communication skills. You’ll set a high standard of personal performance and strategically source world-class talent from diverse sources to work at AKQA.

This role sits as part of the EMEA regional Talent team and reports to the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition.



  • Manage the full end-to-end recruitment cycle including, but not limited to, initial hiring manager briefing, role posting, application reviews, pre-screening, interview management, collating candidate feedback, offer negotiations.
  • Collaborate with Resource Management, People Team, Hiring Managers and Studio Leadership to identify talent pipelines and devise innovative sourcing initiatives.
  • Make sure all candidates – whether successfully placed or not – have the best experience possible.
  • Regularly update all team members on the status of your hire list.
  • Sourcing of diverse interview shortlists and pipeline.
  • Filter inbound applications from all sources.
  • Schedule interviews with candidates.
  • Track pipeline activity and keep our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) up to date.
  • Drive efficiency by reducing recruitment costs and time to hire.
  • Freelance recruitment (when required).



  • Experience running end-to-end sourcing and recruitment within the advertising and creative industry.
  • Experience recruiting within the UX/UI and/or Technology space is an advantage.
  • Preferred experience hiring user experience, strategic, tech and creative roles in the MENA region. 
  • Broad knowledge of a diverse range of recruiting sources.
  • Excellent experience with Boolean candidate sourcing.
  • Experience with offer negotiations.
  • Proven ability to improve an organisation's cost per hire and time to hire, while maintaining the highest level of quality of candidate and hiring manager experience.
  • Able to operate in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where change is constant and demanding, and clear structure/process may not be apparent.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, integrity and great follow through on tasks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Full working proficiency in English is essential. Arabic and local language dialects in a strong plus.
  • An integral collaborator who cares about contributing to our culture.
  • Proficient with at least one ATS (Greenhouse preferred).


AKQA is an Equal Opportunities Employer, we believe that diversity is vital to AKQA’s ability to provide our clients with the best recommendations and are committed to fostering a varied and inclusive work environment. Your race, colour, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or veteran status have no bearing on our hiring decisions. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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Talent Acquisition Manager — Dubai


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