Financial Planning & Analysis Manager Job in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Full Time

Al Futtaim Private Company LLC

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Financial Planning & Analysis Manager holds a central role in steering the financial performance of the organization through strategic analysis and insights. This position involves closely collaborating with operational teams, advising senior leadership, and contributing to strategic growth endeavours. A profound understanding of market dynamics in the UAE, KSA, and Qatar is essential, alongside the ability to utilize financial data to inform business decisions and expansion strategies. The Manager oversees the timely preparation of monthly, quarterly, annual, and long-term reports for AFET. The ideal candidate should be process-driven, possess advanced analytical capabilities, and balance attention to detail with a holistic business perspective. Exceptional managerial and leadership qualities are crucial, along with a comprehensive understanding of IFRS standards.

Job Responsibilities:

Financial Strategy Leadership:
Lead financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes in alignment with company goals.
Perform variance analysis to compare actual results with budgeted figures, offering actionable insights.

Business Partnership:

Serve as a crucial liaison to operations, furnishing financial analysis to support decision-making.
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to enhance financial performance and operational efficiency.

Strategic Advisory:
Offer advisory support to operational and leadership teams on financial matters, including operational efficiencies and strategic growth opportunities.
Develop financial models and analyses to underpin strategic initiatives and investment decisions.

Market Analysis:
Monitor and analyze regional market trends (UAE, KSA, Qatar) to anticipate potential impacts on business and financial performance.
Stay informed about regulatory changes to ensure compliance and strategic alignment.

Financial Performance Management:
Establish and maintain financial performance metrics and dashboards for monitoring key indicators.
Assist the Regional Financial Controller in financial review meetings with business leaders to discuss results and action plans.
Coordinate with the Group Treasury Center for cash flow forecasts and Contracting Division Finance Team for financial review presentations.

Value Creation Initiatives:
Lead efforts to streamline reporting, standardize reports, and automate using Microsoft Power BI.
Collaborate with EIT to develop a technology roadmap for “Real Time Data Analysis” and visualization tools.
Support the Regional Financial Controller in coordinating with Business Leaders on corrective action plans.

Prerequisites for Success:
Educational Background:

A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Commerce or Finance is essential.
Proficiency in management reporting and accounting systems is mandatory.

Technical Skills:
Proficiency in ERP Financial Software is indispensable, with preference given to expertise in SAP Hana 4 / BPC, Anaplan, and Oracle Hyperion.

Experience Requirements:
A minimum of 8 to 10 years of comprehensive experience in Finance and Accounting is required.
With this experience, I must have at least five years of experience in a financial management role within the contracting industry or project management field.
Previous involvement in Real Estate, Facilities Management, Contracting, or Project Management sectors is highly desirable.

My qualifications for the role include:
Proficiency in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
Extensive experience in preparing Financial Statements.
Proficient in developing Power BI dashboards.
Expertise in Microsoft Office tools, particularly advanced Excel and PowerPoint.

In terms of behavioural competencies:
I excel in managing stakeholder expectations within the group.
I effectively manage my time and communicate with team members and stakeholders.
I approach problem-solving with simplicity and logic, translating financial concepts for non-finance professionals.
I have a holistic understanding of financial transactions and their impact on the overall business.
I thrive under pressure while maintaining control over assigned tasks.