Sr. Business Leader, CEMEA Finance in Dubayy [Dubai], United Arab Emirates

at Visa

Information Technology and Services
Financial Services
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

  • Provide leadership to the business in the delivery of financial targets:
  • Ensure the Group Executive, Group Country Managers, and Country Managers and other functional leaders are regularly updated on financial performance; provide insight into key variances and business trends and identify risk and opportunities (plus mitigating actions) to ensure delivery of the short-term financial targets and long-term strategic targets
  • Lead the business planning, budgeting and forecasting processes within geography for Revenues, Client Incentives and Operating Expenses. Coordinate inputs from the various functions for both Revenues and costs, plus lead the review and challenge process
  • Provide thought leadership to the multi-year strategic planning process by delivering insightful financial analysis and perspective
  • Support cost center managers in understanding expenditure, accruals and prepayments and improving the timing and accuracy of forecasts
  • Provide financial analysis and advice for new business propositions including client incentive deals, marketing campaigns, product and acceptance initiatives, capital investment and other projects.
  • Maintain an in-depth understanding of pricing dynamics in the geography, including competitive pricing and positioning. Provide leadership and financial analysis support for pricing proposals.
  • Track the financial performance and provide advice for implementation of new business joint-ventures, acquisitions and strategic business initiatives.
  • Be the focal point of contact for senior management on finance-related matters in the geography.
  • Champion the creation and maintenance of high standards of financial discipline and accountability within the geography
  • Promote education and understanding of Visa’s revenues
  • Effectively translate financial analysis to non-finance professionals to ensure full understanding of business linkages to proposals


  • Results oriented and proven change agent, track record of influencing business decisions and implementing change
  • Strong commercial acumen with an aptitude for strategic thinking. Able to recognize key strategic issues, opportunities and risks, and develop thoughtful financial perspectives that facilitate decision making in complex, uncertain and dynamic environments
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, able to effectively present and communicate financial issues and financial results across all the levels of the business, from cost center managers to senior-level executives
  • Customer focused (internal and external), with the ability to build effective organizational relationships
  • Team player, adept at building and maintaining collaborative stakeholder relationships at all levels
  • Capable of working with and managing remote teams
  • Effective operating within a matrix-management structure

    Required Experience

  • The job holder should be a college graduate, business degree preferred, with 10 years of FP&A experience with a recognized, performance-driven multi-national company:
  • At least 15 years of commercial experience
  • Proven commercial and analytical experience, including FP&A roles in a business unit within a global organization
  • Prior experience successfully communicating with, influencing and presenting to senior-level executives
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on multiple initiatives with tight timelines
  • Working knowledge of financial controls and procedures, gained from experience with a major ERP package, preferably Oracle
  • International experience ideally within a complex, matrix management organization

    Preferred Experience

  • Knowledge of the payments industry, in particular the credit/debit card business within a banking or eCommerce environment, is highly desirable
  • Advanced Business degree would be an advantage
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