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Head of Public Policy - Middle East

Jameson Legal
Saudi Arabia, Riyadh
£250000 - £400000 per annum
Closing date
14 Jun 2024

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Practice area
Public law, Risk and compliance, Regulatory
Contract type
Full time
Not applicable

Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity to join a fast-growing international Tech/FMCG group that are rapidly growing their business across the Middle East. In this role, you will be instrumental in the growth and development of the firm across the Middle East in setting their Public affairs strategy and program, as well as influencing the firms internal policies. They are looking for someone with strong experience of building strong lasting relationships with regulators and governments across the region. They are looking for the role to be based out of Riyadh, but they offer a lot of flexibility.

The firm offers an exciting growth environment with significant opportunities to drive strategic change and meaningful results. They build and continue to invest in world-class end-to-end operations, and look for leaders to shape decisions for long-term success.

About the Team:

The Firm's Corporate Public Affairs team plays a pivotal role in shaping a favourable environment for the growth and positive impact across various markets. They believe in proactive engagement, long lasting trust-based partnerships, collaborating closely with product and business teams to anticipate and mitigate risks, while identifying new opportunities.

About the Position:

As the Lead Public Policy for the Gulf region, you'll have many responsibilities. You'll primarily be responsible for the design and implementation of the firms's public affairs strategy in the Gulf region, spearhead regional engagements across Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE, and provide expert guidance to senior leadership on the intricacies of the region's political and economic landscape.

Your Main Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the firm's product and business teams operate in full compliance with local regulations, proactively identifying and addressing potential challenges.
  • Developing a deep understanding of business priorities and legislative trends to inform proactive strategies that mitigate risks and unlock new opportunities.
  • Working seamlessly with senior leaders across their policy, communications, legal, marketing, operations, and other teams to drive alignment.
  • Keeping senior management informed on critical political and economic developments in the region through regular reports and briefings.

What are We Looking for?:

  • At least 10 years of experience in public policy, government relations, or a related field in the technology industry and/or highly regulated industries
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and Arabic
  • Extensive knowledge of the policy landscape in the Gulf region, with a focus on e-commerce regulations and emerging trends.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills to build and maintain relationships with external partners.
  • Proven track record of building and managing high-performing teams.
  • Exceptional communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a cross-functional team.
  • Experience in providing strategic counsel to senior executives.

For a confidential chat about this or other roles he is handling please contact Matt Pollard in the Jameson Legal London office at:

Please note that where a level of preferred experience or qualification is indicated, this is a guideline only and does not preclude applications from candidates with more or less experience.

Jameson Legal acts as an employment business for temporary recruitment and as an employment agency for fixed term contract and permanent recruitment.


Jameson Legal is a multi award winning international consultancy specialising in the recruitment of lawyers and legal personnel. Our clients include many of the leading international law firms as well as the in-house legal departments of major private companies and publicly listed multi-nationals. 

We have dedicated teams of specialist consultants focusing on:

- Local and international private practice recruitment;

- Local and international in-house recruitment;

- Partner and General/Regional Counsel level recruitment and search.

Jameson Contract Solutions ("JCS"​) is part of Jameson Legal and provides lawyers to work on an interim basis. Through our existing network we can provide clients with a selection of the very best lawyers on the market. These lawyers are carefully vetted to ensure that they are of the highest standard. They are ready to work both nationally and internationally.

Jameson Legal Tech is an innovative new service, where we are working with pioneering legal tech and venture capital companies to expand into new markets. Our initial partnership with App4Legal - Legal Practice Management Software is a ground breaking development for Jameson Legal, giving our clients and candidates the opportunity to employ a "best in breed" legal technology.

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020 3427 3148
24 Greville Street

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