Conor McHugh ACCA


  • Location Dubai

With over five years’ of experience in financial recruitment, Conor covers roles across the accounting, tax, and treasury fields, with positions ranging from CFOs and financial directors to heads of treasury, heads of tax, and financial controllers. 

“My career began client-side, in audit with KPMG, then financial reporting and FP&A roles. But I craved an environment where ‘the more you put in, the more you get out', so switched to financial recruitment.

After a few years with a large agency, I wanted to start my own business. I saw a massive gap in the market here: for a specialist financial recruiter that really knows the industry and treats people with absolute professionalism and respect. That inspired Alchemy and the company we are today."

Approach to recruitment: "Build great relationships. Today’s candidate is tomorrow’s client, and the duty of care we have to them is paramount."

Dubai highlights: "I love how culturally diverse Dubai is. Plus waking up to the sun every day and enjoying sports like triathlons, paddle tennis and golf – albeit badly!"

Specialising In:

  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Finance Directors
  • FP&A Managers
  • Financial Controllers
  • Heads of Treasury
  • Treasury Managers
  • Heads of Tax
  • Tax Directors
  • Tax Managers


"Throughout this whole process, Conor was the most helpful recruiter I have ever dealt with. He is experienced in recruitment in Dubai, he was also able to offer interview tips throughout the process. Overall, what separates Alchemy Search from other recruiters is that they genuinely care. I applied to numerous jobs and got in touch with several recruiters in Dubai. More than 90% didn't get back to me. If I didn't get in touch with Alchemy Search, there is a great chance I would have never got a chance to interview for a role, let alone receive a job offer. Thanks to Conor and Alchemy Search, I have been given an opportunity that could end up being the best life decision and move I could make."

Shahid Ali, Sr. Financial Accountant, Bayut

"I have both partnered with and used Alchemy Search to fulfil roles with very specific criteria. I have been very impressed with their level of candidates, how they managed the process and most importantly how they listened to what I needed, provided industry-based guidance but fulfilled in both cases better candidates than I could have hoped for. I Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and advise anyone to use them, and I look forward to attending more of their CFO events and working with them in the future."

Noel Connolly, Group CEO, NOW Money


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