Principal - Leadership & Professional Development Solution ( Based in Riyadh, KSA)


United Arab Emirates
Ar Riyad

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance. We work with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life. And we advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.

Our 10,000 colleagues serve clients in more than 50 countries. We offer five core solutions:

  • Organizational Strategy
  • Assessment and Succession
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Leadership Development
  • Total Rewards

Korn Ferry is seeking a r Principal Consultant to join the Leadership Development Solution Area of its Advisory Practice. We are seeking an expert to design our high impact leadership development programs as well as deliver coaching and/or cohort program facilitation.

As a delivery-focused principal, your primary focus is to manage and deliver work at the highest level of quality. Your experience within Leadership Development enables success in leading and structuring complex engagements.

With clients, you create trusted, collaborative relationships by managing needs, expectations and the environment. Contributions to new business development focus on structuring the solution, pricing and establishing oneself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with internal colleagues and external clients.

Candidates will have proven experience in leadership development solution design, program facilitation, and broad talent management program implementation as an external consultant, as part of a leading consulting firm or an internal corporate role with stakeholder management experience.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities include leadership development delivery (e.g. program facilitation, solution design, and/or executive coaching), sales/business development, client engagement management, and contributing to the L&PD community of practice.

  • Deliver leadership development programs for Korn Ferry client
  • Our program designs may include large and small group facilitation, virtual instructor-led sessions, assessment debrief and individual coaching sessions. Seamlessly partner with Korn Ferry co-facilitators and integrate internal client speakers and outside experts.
  • Design leadership development programs and develop materials – including conducting interviews and diagnosis, identifying program objectives, developing learning architecture, and instructional design (workbooks, slides, facilitator guides, ppt’s).
  • Currently, all work is done virtually using various platforms (e.g. Adobe Connect, Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom). In the future, when corporate travel resumes, typical programs may be residential 1-4 day programs with 25-35 participants. Locations are diverse and client dependent.
  • Look for ways to expand and deepen client relationships e.g. active networking and partnering across KF lines of business.
  • Leverage insights to define, recommend and /or co-create strategic solutions for the clients.
  • Contribute to winning profitable business by proposal writing, pricing, shaping opportunities, pitch preparation and opportunity spotting in clients. Assess the needs of large/complex clients, designing and delivering solutions to meet their needs. 
  • Develop and/or support engagement structure, plan, resource needs and definition of deliverables and outcomes. Engagements may span multiple service lines and would typically involve managing multiple consultants from other offices/countries. Typical timescales could be 6-12 months
  • Build productive relationships with engagement and client team members setting clear expectations, direction and asking for feedback when appropriate
  • Mentor consultants, project managers and operations team. Give and receive feedback – performance improvement and appreciative feedback.
  • Actively contribute to the global LD community by sharing best practices and participating in thought leadership and community forums.


  • Relevant advanced degree (e.g., Graduate, Doctorate or equivalent) plus 10+ years delivering leadership development engagements.
  • Relevant work experience in a top tier professional services firm and/or an internal HR/LD function of a large, complex organization.
  • Understand the leadership and organizational issues faced by business leaders, with ability to engage as a peer, act as a trusted advisor and place proposed services in their business situation or context
  • Experience conducting a needs analysis and then designing talent management, assessment and LD solutions to achieve the desired organizational objectives/needs.
  • Experience using psychometric assessments to inform development/coaching goals (e.g., KF360 certification preferred; experience with assessments of personality traits, potential and leadership motivation desired)
  • An inclusive collaborator with strong influence skills and a demonstrated ability to build rapport quickly and develop and maintain strong partnerships with clients and across an organization.
  • A well-developed results-oriented philosophy and work ethic; the ability to “get things done”.
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to recommend improvements on new products to management based on interactions with clients.
  • Flexible, responsive, and ability to work in a geographically dispersed environment.
  • Able to effectively thrive, quickly adapt to change, and navigate within a matrixed corporate environment.


Internal Mobility at Korn Ferry

If you currently work for Korn Ferry or one of our affiliates, you must be eligible to apply for a different position within Korn Ferry to use the Careers Site. If you accept such a position, your benefits programs and Human Resources policies may change. Please consult with your HR contact for the new position concerning application eligibility, including any immigration/visa needs, benefit programs, and HR policies applicable to that position.

Korn Ferry is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative

Action Employer - Minority/Female/Disability/ Veteran.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.