Saudi Arabia recruitment experts

Saudi Arabia
Recruitment experts

Our dedicated Saudi Arabia team focus solely on the recruitment of qualified, professional and skilled people for organisations operating within KSA.

With over 32 years of combined experience, our experts have a deep understanding of the region, having placed hundreds of candidates into permanent roles across multiple industries and professions, including: Aerospace, Construction, Consulting, Engineering, Facilities Management, Financial Services, FMCG, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Human Resources, Investment Banking, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Power, Private Equity, Property, Retail, Sales & Marketing.


Partnering with organisations of all size, we utilise our global networks to source highly skilled talent while ensuring a smooth and efficient recruitment experience. Our familiarity and expertise within KSA means you can be confident that your organisation will be equipped with the most capable resource for meeting your business objectives.

By working with us, you will benefit from:

  • Our understanding of local employment law - our consultants are well informed on the legal requirements for hiring staff within the Kingdom and will ensure that you adhere to these, while doing so in the most cost effective way
  • Saudization expertise – if you are looking specifically to recruit Saudi nationals within your organisation, we can manage this process for you
  • Relocation support – throughout our many years of experience, we have placed multiple Saudi national and expat candidates into roles in Saudi Arabia, relieving employers of any administrative burden and saving you time when it comes to hiring
  • Global networks - operating under Hays global brand, our experts are able to source candidates from our extensive national and international database, finding you the right people within a short space of time 



Don Mitchell, Business Head - KSA

Don has more than 15 years’ experience in international recruitment and has been based in the Gulf since 2007. During this time he has covered a variety of highly technical and complex industries, recruiting at all levels of experience from Senior Executives to volume graduate campaigns. He has been responsible for managing the diversity ratios in major organisations and has delivered platinum status Saudization in both the government and private sectors.

Rachel Russell, Director – KSA

Rachel joined Hays in 2001 in the UK and has 19 years of recruitment experience. Since relocating to the Middle East in 2015, she has specialised in corporate and central services positions (Finance, HR, Marketing, Senior/Executive Management, etc), partnering with clients and candidates in both corporate and governmental sectors. Having made successful placements in UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Rachel has focused solely on Saudi Arabia since early 2018 so is well-versed in the considerations and potential pitfalls of recruiting in KSA and is best-placed to advise on the optimum talent acquisition methodologies and approach. Rachel’s main strength lies in her ability to fully understand her client and candidate requirements enabling her to successfully match the two, resulting in ongoing relationships on both sides. Her speciality is finding candidates for the more difficult to fill roles through her strong network and referrals, and she is not afraid to take on a challenging brief.

Graham Poll, Business Manager – KSA

As the Business Manager for Hays’ Saudi Arabia division, Graham partners with organisations from a variety of industry sectors to provide for them a bespoke recruitment solution based on their individual business needs.

Originally from the UK, Graham has 11+ years recruitment experience across both the European and Middle Eastern markets. During this time, he has built a strong track record for implementing recruitment solutions for clients on both a contingent and campaign basis.

Jon Ashcroft - Business Head - Executive Search (C-Suite positions)

Jon is the practice head in MENA for Hays Executive - the headhunting arm of Hays plc, specialising in executive search and selection that addresses the need for inspirational leadership. With over 20 years in the recruitment industry he has gained vast experience across a broad range of sectors. Jon joined Hays in 1997 and prior to relocating to Dubai in 2008, he managed 3 offices in the West Yorkshire region of the UK.

Jon’s area of expertise is in the recruitment of C-Suite positions that are often niche and difficult to fill appointments. He focuses on C-Suite positions within Commerce, Consumer, Hospitality, Industrial, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Construction sectors. 

Aaron Fletcher, Associate Business Manager - Construction & Property

Aaron focusses on the recruitment of mid to senior-level Construction & Property professionals within Saudi Arabia.

He has been a specialist recruiter within the Construction & Property sector for more than 6 years, with experience across MENA and UK markets. During this time, Aaron has established a strong network of connections and an excellent reputation for sourcing the very best professionals for his clients, based on their individual business requirements.

He takes great pride in his work, showing unwavering motivation and dedication to each and every assignment he works on.

Bryan O'Grady, Recruitment Consultant - KSA

A college graduate from Ireland. Previously, he has experience working in HR in Ireland and is eager to showcase his knowledge here in the Middle East.

Bryan recruits within our KSA Professional Services team. His focus is on placing professionals within roles across Finance and Banking, Legal, Consulting, Hospitality, FMCG, IT Telecoms, Marketing, Media, Education, Government, Travel and Tourism sectors.

He prides himself on his ability to understand his client’s requirement, however complex and deliver a recruitment process that makes it as easy and efficient to select the best possible candidate for the job. His excellent communication skills and efficiency ensure that he provides a smooth and effective recruitment experience.

Githin Cleetus, Senior Resourcing Partner - KSA

With over 6 years of technical expertise, Githin specialises in the recruitment of mid to high-level management professionals within Saudi Arabia, covering multiple disciplines, including: Accountancy & Finance, Construction, Healthcare, Human Resources, Information Technology, Office Support, Sales & Marketing.

Working with both speed and efficiency, Githin prides himself on his ability to source highly skilled professionals from his strongly established and extensive network within the region. He has a unique and in-depth understanding of clients business needs, which has stemmed from his educational background, where he holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Marketing.


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