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Regulatory Director, NEOM Authority Entertainment Department

Sector:  NEOM Authority
Division:  NEOM Life and Environment

Position: Director, NEOM Entertainment Department

Reports to: Chief of Staff, Authority

Sector: NEOM Authority - Governance 
Job Location: Sharma, KSA


Role Purpose: 

Build a globally competitive, best in class governing body for entertainment and culture in NEOM, covering regulatory, and licensing activities, as well as sector promotion of non-commercial activities. Coordinate efforts to promote Department operational innovation and digitalization as well as diversity of E&C content and fair competition among the industry players, while overseeing the department in carrying out its mandate in accordance with the Founding Laws of NEOM.



Strategy, planning and budget

  • Develop and oversee implementation of Department strategy and operations, ensuring NEOM strategic E&C objectives are met through effective monitoring and reporting of Department activities
  • Oversee management of Department budget, including outlining requirements, ensuring efficient spending, and managing reporting
  • Oversee measurement and monitoring of socio-economic impact related to E&C sector growth in NEOM, including goal setting, measurement and monitoring methods, and reporting


NEOM legal, regulatory, and licensing environment

  • Oversee relationship management with, and day to day advice to/ support of, NEOM Authority teams responsible for E&C company incorporation and other licensee requirements (e.g., residency permits) in NEOM
  • Oversee development and management of licensing for E&C companies and individuals in NEOM, incl. designing processes, resolving queries, training & developing teams to support licencees, leading teams to deliver strategic objectives
  • Govern and ensure compliance and enforcement of media standards/ content codes


Sector promotion and policy

  • Direct policy development related to legal and regulatory framework, incentives, and interventions to ensure NEOM cultural strategy and ambitions are achieved
  • Stimulate non-commercial community cultural events through instruments such as grants
  • Design, implement, and monitor incentives to encourage NEOM Screen Office to promotes and supports creation of cultural content
  • Liaise with the relevant NEOM organizations (e.g., commercial arms) to understand the overall plan for culture infrastructure, entertainment, and fashion (e.g., concert halls, music, museums, visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts, literature)
  • Coordinate with other department to ensure funding and support to relevant organizations for capital expenditures, operations, training, and residencies
  • Coordinate with NEOM Investors and Anchors Attraction for international partnerships in Entertainment
  • Collaborate with other sectors, including the Department of Media and Creative Expression, Sports NEOM and the Department of Tourism to ensure efficiency and minimize overlap and redundancy in event licensing and economic development activities
  • Oversee the publishing of events and entertainment services on the NEOM Integrated services App


Project and people management

  • Design and rollout innovative initiatives and projects to setup and operate the Department as a lean, future Government entity, including digitalization, operational innovation, and creative regulatory and sector promotion activities
  • Day-to-day hands-on management of initiatives and projects (planning, budgets, design, implementation, M&E) in alignment with sector leadership and managing stakeholders, suppliers and industry players from concept to completion
  • Drive best in class sector activation initiatives in compliance with industry standard health, safety and security, contracts and procurement, data privacy, and brand and visual identity guidelines
  • Develop an inclusive/collaborative performance culture that embraces NEOM’s values
  • Set performance objectives for team members and ensure alignment with Department objectives  
  • Promote a high-performance work environment that delivers quality
  • Be instrumental in shaping the sector’s team culture

Stakeholder management

  • Lead relevant stakeholder and public engagement management
  • Promote NEOM E&C industry through development of key partnerships with national, regional, global players in industry, education, and government
  • Develop MOUs and agreements with key KSA stakeholders




Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • Advanced degree in law, policy, economic development, E&C, or any related field
  • 20+ years of experience in the public sector or in a private institution focused on E&C law, regulation, policy or industry development
  • Minimum 10 years of supervisory experience in public or private sector organizations with experience in
  • Professional background and knowledge of: E&C regulatory drafting, governing and enforcement; Company incorporation & licensing (off-shore licensing desired); Legal & business experience; Economic policy; Government affairs
  • Professional and technical competencies in: Strategy development & business planning; Leadership skills; Stakeholder management; Communications skills (incl. drafting); Team building & training; Innovative thinking
  • Track record of successful end-to-end delivery of regulatory, policy or industry promotion initiatives and projects from briefing and conceptualization through to onsite management, execution, and evaluation
  • Understanding of financial management and budgeting, including profit and loss, balance sheet and cash-flow management
  • Ability to build, lead and manage teams
  • Presence, credibility, and proven record in developing relationships, negotiating with stakeholders, partners, providers, and clients to deliver Department objectives
  • Excellent communication skills in English
  • building teams, project management, including effective management of large budgets
  • Experience in international markets such as UK, Canada, USA is highly preferred
  • Key stakeholder interaction:
  • Head of MEC Sector
  • Relevant Authority Heads and Business Teams
  • NEOM E&C Licensees and Community Leaders

Relevant KSA and global Government entities, industry, commercial partners

Qualifications and Experience.


  • Advanced degree in law, policy, economic development, E&C, or any related field
  • 20+ years of experience in the public sector or in a private institution focused on E&C law, regulation, policy or industry development
  • Minimum 10 years of supervisory experience in public or private sector organizations with experience in






  • Free Accommodation.
  • Free Laundry and housekeeping.
  • Free transportation.
  • 2 flights per month domestic round trip.
  • 1 Annual Travel Allowance.
  • Relocation Flight.
  • Free Meals ( breakfast, lunch, dinner ).
  • Schooling - 60K SAR per child up to 3 children.
  • Bonus 20-30% annual (performance based).
  • Savings Plan ( Long-term incentive plan ).
  • Medical insurance ( VVIP health coverage), for Employee, Family & Parents.
  • Annual Leave 30 working days annual.
  • Remote Working 24 working days annual.

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