Simon Stephens

Executive Director | Head of Middle East and Africa

UAE

  • Banking and financial services
  • Consumer, retail and hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals and life sciences
  • Professional services
  • Technology, media and telecommunications
  • HR
  • HSE
  • Reward
  • Executive director

Simon is a highly experienced international HR talent acquisition specialist who has a demonstrable track of successfully recruiting executive HR professionals for over 20 years throughout EMEA. His extensive search experience has enabled him to recruit across numerous sectors, delivering recruitment solutions at C-Suite and director level for many international corporates, regional government entities and local family businesses. Simon has lived in the Middle East since 2008 and developed an impressive and ever-increasing network within the HR and business community.

SIMON’s Insights

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International women’s day: interview with Serena Rahme

  • Posted maart 26, 2019
Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women’s Day 2019. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Whilst we all know that gender parity within the workplace has improved over the past decades, we all also know that there is still a long way to go. We would like to join […]
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International women’s day 2018: interview with Tuba Oncu

  • Posted maart 27, 2018
Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women’s Day 2018. We have interviewed a selection of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women’s gender parity #pressforprogress Frazer Jones interviewed Tugba Oncu, Head of HR Novartis, Gulf Past Progress If you could tell your younger self one thing what would […]
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International women’s day 2018: interview with Melody Sheybani

  • Posted maart 23, 2018
Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women’s Day 2018. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they are pressing forward for women’s gender parity #pressforprogress Frazer Jones interviewed Melody Sheybani, Head of HR at BAT, Lower Gulf, Levant & Yemen Past Progress What action or decision are you […]
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Erosion of the rewards landscape in the Middle East

  • Posted oktober 30, 2017
There is no doubt that the Middle East continues to be a popular destination for expat Human Resource professionals from around the world, but for some there has been a steady decline in the financial rewards on offer. The region remains an attractive tax free haven (for most nationalities) from a direct taxation perspective, despite […]
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Simon Stephens, Head of Frazer Jones ME, interviewed by People Management

  • Posted juni 30, 2017
Simon Stephens was delighted to be interviewed by Kirsty Tuxford, People Management Middle East, recently for her article on how VAT could affect benefits packages in the UAE. Could there be a reduction in expat rewards to compensate for costs associated with the introduction of VAT? The implementation of VAT in the UAE in 2018 […]
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Simon Stephens, Head of Frazer Jones ME, interviewed by People Management

  • Posted juni 25, 2017
Simon Stephens was delighted to be interviewed by Kirsty Tuxford, People Management Middle East, recently for her article on how VAT could affect benefits packages in the UAE. Could there be a reduction in expat rewards to compensate for costs associated with the introduction of VAT? The implementation of VAT in the UAE in 2018 […]
  • Middle East

Nationalization Targets: An HR Conundrum

  • Posted maart 30, 2017
Nationalization, how does it affect recruiting in the Middle East region? Targets in the Middle East create problems for multinational firms looking to acquire the best talent, writes Simon Stephens, Head of Frazer Jones Middle East. It is well known that having the right people in the right place at the right time with the […]
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Regional Remits – Wandering Stars

  • Posted maart 25, 2017
Expanding workforces in the Middle East increasingly call for pan-regional HR teams, says Simon Stephens. How does this impact on the profile of regional HR Directors and Managers? With more organisations escalating their Middle East activities from cross-border trading to actually setting up camp in new markets, it’s increasingly the case that HR needs more […]
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International women’s day – interview with Amrita Chopra, Unilever

  • Posted maart 20, 2017
Frazer Jones is proud to be supporting International Women’s Day 2017. We have interviewed a series of our female clients asking them how they have been bold for change #BeBoldForChange Frazer Jones interviewed Amrita Chopra, HR Manager at Unilever What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?Women themselves are the most […]
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HR CV Examples

  • Posted januari 25, 2017
Starting the process of a good CV can be timely, make sure you put some time aside to really concentrate on getting this right. If it is an old CV/Resume, you may want to start afresh on a new template. Here we will run through some of the dos and don’ts of what to include.   […]
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Stand out in the HR arena

  • Posted juli 16, 2013
The current employment market for experienced HR professionals is overcrowded and overly competitive. What is more, given the economic climate of the last three years, it looks set to remain that way for some time. The market has of course always been competitive – HR is after all a pyramid profession with organisations having more […]
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The Middle East HR agenda

  • Posted juli 12, 2013
Creating HR functions that are more aligned to global best practice in conjunction with a remit to develop local talent are outputs high on the Middle East HR agenda. This can require organisations to approach talent acquisition whilst supporting the regional nationalisation programmes, and talent development from a different angle. The HR market in the […]