Chief of Staff

APCO Worldwide Inc.
AED 600,000 - 800,000
Job description

Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an award-winning, independently owned global communication and business strategy firm with offices in major cities throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. APCO combines a global perspective with local expertise to help clients around the world manage challenges, opportunities, perceptions and reputations. APCO clients include corporations and governments; industry associations and nonprofit organizations; and many of the top companies on the Fortune 500. The firm is a majority women-owned business.

Responsible for managing the key priorities of the Managing Director. Supports day to day activities for the Managing Director and coordinates closely with all team members to ensure successful and on-time delivery of priorities. Serves as confidante and right hand for the MD.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Chief of Staff Duties:

  • Attends all business and internal meetings with the Managing Director and ensure that all action points are captured and progressed.
  • Manages new business pipeline and ensure proposals are finalized and submitted within the required timeframe.
  • Coordinates with the regional Resource Planning Manager to ensure new projects are staffed as needed.
  • Acts as an advisor to the Managing Director
  • Be a liaison for accounts leads, staff and the Managing Director.
  • Assists the Managing Director with internal communications and resolve any issues as per his direction.
  • Keeps the Managing Director up to date with the progressed actions related to the staff, business or the operation.
  • Organizes and coordinate Managing Director schedule along with the Senior Administrator
  • Ensures Riyadh office existing procedures are improved.
  • Prepares briefings for meetings as needed and coordinates with colleagues to collect relevant materials
  • Conducts morning briefings on key priorities for the day and week
  • Flexible “on-call” schedule that may require support during non-traditional working hours
  • Helps members of the executive support staff to perform their duties to the best of their ability
  • Keeps up with industry trends by reading literature and communicating with peers
  • Acts as a representative of the MD

AD-Hocks Assignment/reports:

  • As per the Direct Manager’s requests


  • Client relationship skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and writing communication skills
  • Teamwork skills

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related fields, MBA is a plus.
  • Experience in consulting and operations.
  • Possess an encouraging, can-do attitude.
  • Problem solver and can work effectively under pressure.
  • Understands and applies discretion and confidentiality.

Work Conditions

The physical abilities needed to perform the duties of this position, in addition to the office climate:

  • Office environment is general office setting.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Must reside in Dubai or be willing to relocate.
  • Willing to work additional or irregular hours as needed and allowed by local regulations.

About APCO in the Middle East and North Africa Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the Middle East and North Africa region has a pivotal role to play in driving global conversations - from environmental policies to religion and pop culture. The UAE and Saudi Arabia are clear leaders in this equation, although the wave of innovation continues to transcend borders.

APCO launched its regional operations in 2006 in Dubai. Growing from a team of less than 10 consultants, APCO today has over 200 people from 26 countries working in teams across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Manama and Kuwait and our projects take us to countries across the region and the Levant. APCO was awarded Best Agency in the Middle East by PRWeek in 2019 and Best Agency to Work for: EMEA Network by PRovoke Media in 2017 and 2019.

With a portfolio of over 100 clients, APCO's MENA offices deliver public relations and digital communication support across health, food, consumer & retail, finance, technology, real estate & hospitality, non-profit and public affairs practices. The region also offers specialized services, created for the Middle East, such as our Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model and our Compass and License to Operate offerings.

In addition, APCO's global AI Comms Lab, a first-of-its-kind innovation center which utilizes artificial intelligence to build and protect the reputations of major global brands, governments and organizations is driven from the Dubai office.

From helping governments connect with the private sector and civil society, to supporting the Pope's historic visit to the region and launching iconic brands and destinations, we understand the nuances of the MENA region and pride ourselves on making an impact.