Professional Services Practice

Our absolute commitment to successful delivery and quality client and candidate care is why the majority of our business is from long-standing clients or by direct referral.

For further information on our recent track record and capabilities in your particular geographic or industry area, or to arrange a discussion about your organization’s partnership needs, please contact our team by phone on +971 (0)4 279 6300.

Moorland Gray holds strong, long-standing relationships with a number of leading local and international professional services firms ranging from assurance agencies and law firms to consulting and strategy houses.

As cross-sector growth continues across emerging markets, including much of the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, Moorland Gray appreciates that the growth opportunities for professional services companies in these regions are tremendous. Alongside these opportunities comes the natural challenge of developing the right senior executive leadership teams to best position firms for successful expansion and performance amidst evolving market conditions.

In addition to possessing extensive experience and expertise placing both regional and international senior executives (and non-executives) across fields of accounting, auditing, tax services, management consulting, HR solutions, legal services, and more, Moorland Gray shares an affinity with our professional services clients due to a common adherence to core values of professional service delivery.

Moorland Gray understands the true obligation professional services firms have to their clients to operate honestly, collaboratively and transparently, and this is reflected both in our clients’ experience of a Moorland Gray executive search and in our understanding of the qualities required of the functionally specialized leaders who will be strong candidates for our professional services clients’ executive positions.

The Moorland Gray Professional Services Practice provides nuanced industry insights, stellar worldwide networks, unrivaled regional scale and extensive executive search experience. This is translated into best-in-class retained search solutions and resulting long-term partnerships with leading organizations within the Middle East region, in which we are based, as well as the frontier, emerging and developed global markets to which our network presence extends across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The Moorland Gray Professional Services Practice specializes in senior faculty and administrative appointments, as well as board-level searches, across focus areas including:

  • Legal Services
  • Assurance (including Accounting, Audit & Taxation)
  • Management & Strategy Consulting
  • HR Consulting

The Moorland Gray search process is uniquely transparent, communicative and customizable to each client’s needs. Our Professional Services segment Partners and Practice Heads lead each search mandate, consulting with clients in depth to understand stakeholder and organizational requirements and ideals for the hire, and then using research-backed market intelligence and carefully honed subject matter expertise to translate that understanding into the most suitable strategy for each search.

The Moorland Gray Professional Services Practice leadership remains actively engaged throughout the entire search process, serving as primary points of contact and holding absolute accountability for search delivery at every step of the journey – from assignment acquisition through to shortlisting, candidate screening, offer management, on-boarding and beyond. Our Professional Services Practice is also backed by an in-house research team composed of Associates and supporting Analysts who are detail-oriented, industry-focused and who help enable our unrivaled ability to deliver successfully on complex, challenging searches that require large-magnitude or multi-faceted outreach.

The scale and expertise of our seasoned team ensures high-quality, targeted search execution and allows for the compilation of in-depth industry analysis and detailed continuous reporting which provides full visibility of the talent landscape as well as of our candidate engagement progress, nuanced screenings and comparative criteria-based assessments. Our proprietary process ensures client satisfaction across the full assignment lifecycle.

Moorland Gray has become the trusted long-term search partner of choice for a multitude of consumer-oriented entities that appreciate our confidentiality and discretion as much as our value-added services that have provided compensation insights, supported gender diversity and nationalization campaigns, and enabled clients to build their own pools of global talent for future requirements.


With executive search success in the Professional Services industry segment since 2007, Moorland Gray has completed local and global assignments across the full spectrum of functions for clients throughout our sub-sector specializations.

Our extensive track record of success includes the following sample of recent placements:

  • Director, Financial Advisory Services – Management Consulting Firm
  • Director, Organization Design – Management Consulting Firm
  • Market Leader – International HR Consulting Firm
  • CEO, MENA – International HR Consulting Firm
  • Partner, Legal – Big 4 Firm
  • Director Business Intelligence – Big 4 Firm
  • Director, IT Advisory – Big 4 Firm
  • Partner, Audit – Big 4 Firm
  • Senior Manager, Advisory Capital Projects – Big 4 Firm
  • Family Business Director – Big 4 Firm
  • Tax Partner, MENA – Big 4 Firm
  • Director of Forensics – Big 4 Firm
  • Director of Talent – Strategy House