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Principal Consultants (Middle East)

Full Time


Given our track record of successful delivery in the region, we are expanding our work and our presence across the Middle East – with a primary focus on the GCC, in particular: Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE.

We combine our global expertise with locally based delivery to get the best results for our clients.

We pride ourselves on delivering work in a unique, collaborative way: a partnership approach, with joint teams and clear outcomes, agreed benefits and shared success.

At Q5 we’re focused on Organisational Health, which separates ‘good’ organisations from the ‘great. We work with executive teams globally and nationally to address the 5 key foundations to healthy and high performing organisations.

In the Middle East that means our focus is on delivering great work in the following areas:

1. Clear & coherent strategy tied to a common purpose

A focus on Strategy Implementation. We know that many organisations have already invested in defining visions and strategies – often in the context of national Transformation Programmes. Do you have the expertise and experience to support our clients in taking strategy off the page and super-charging projects, programmes and daily work through to successful implementation and results?

2. Effective and efficient operating model and organisation design

Focus on eco-system-level design within and beyond public sector – robust, right-sized blueprints that align to strategy, minimise duplication, facilitate collaboration and are a living mechanism to aid decision making

3. A proven ability to implement change and transformation

We bring subject matter expertise to support clients to plan, communicate and execute changes that stick. We are experts at catalysing and facilitating cross-department public/private sector collaboration to deliver large scale transformation at pace.

4. Talented people motivated by the right culture and empowered by their leaders

We focus on capability and employability building – at scale and on developing leadership talent within cultural context especially agile, young leaders, female leaders

5. All underpinned by technology, data & insights that align to strategic objectives.

We focus on tech and digital maturity and cyber security – supporting our clients to develop the right tech strategy and operating models to enable constant adaption to new ways of working and changes in the market,

We’d love to hear from you if you have:

  • Expertise in any of our 5 offering areas above – particularly in the Government, Health, Financial, Education and Energy Sectors
  • A passion for purposeful transformation work
  • The sensibility and skills to work across cultures
  • Commitment to capability building
  • Experience in the region – Arabic language is a big plus
  • Availability to travel/base yourself in region



The sort of person we look for at Q5


  • Highly adaptable and flexible thinking style – We often find ourselves working across a variety of contexts and a ‘simple’ challenge turns out to be much more complex than it first appears. You need to be able to quickly join the dots together and develop a plan to move forward. You also need to be able to adapt that plan when it is not working.
  • Collaborative working style – This is one of our key differentiators. It’s not about being the smartest person in the room but instead helping to bring different stakeholders together to create a solution that works for the business.  There is a “we” not “I” mindset
  • Genuinely care about your clients and colleague to help them succeed– When Q5 was founded it was to be more than a typical, transactional consulting firm. We are genuine partners with our clients focused on their long-term success, which means we hire people who a wired to care, be empathetic and get joy from seeing others succeed.
  • Can build trusted relationships and bring people on the journey– One of the things our clients say about us is that we are able to bring people together and take them on the journey. This role will require building (and sustaining) people trust and engaging key people in the business to craft the right answer
  • Resilient in the face of challenges, tight timelines and demanding clients – We continually strive to create a positive working environment, but the reality of our work is that it is hard and therefore not for everyone. The people who succeed at Q5 can work under the pressure without losing their sense of humour or care for others.
  • You get your hands dirty and step-up – We have a flat structure. If you enjoy getting stuck into a client’s challenge, pushing the team forward and solving problems with others you will thrive. We pride ourselves on developing our junior team members and creating supportive environments where people can bring their true selves to work (and in turn do their best work). We’re firm believers that everyone needs to roll up their sleeves to get the job done!
  • Unique and offers something special – We don’t do cookie-cutter or formulaic and we need people who think differently, are intensely curious about solving our clients’ problems and stand-out from the crowd.
Middle East: Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar

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Building greater diversity and inclusion in our workforce and culture underpins all our values at Q5. To be true to our values we want to create an inclusive environment that celebrates the visible and invisible diversity of all people. Having truly diverse teams that reflect the communities we operate in can help deliver the best outcomes for our clients and whilst giving everyone the opportunity to bring their best selves to work.

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