Manager Projects, Finance in Dubayy [Dubai], United Arab Emirates


Banking / Financial Services
Financial Services
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

The MENA Chief Operating Officer team is an integral part of MENA Finance and has a key role in leading and delivering tactical and strategic projects for the department.

The Project Management team are responsible for the implementation of ongoing Strategic Change and Business Re-engineering projects in the Middle East region.  These projects will deliver to the Group and to each country in the Region a professional, effective and responsive finance service at optimal cost, employing a common and transparent global model. The activities will include both local and cross divisional projects that may include financial system upgrades, enhancements and process improvements.  


Responsibilities include:

  • Review processes across the different Regional Finance functions / MENA Countries and propose redesigning alternatives, building solutions that enable the Finance teams more efficient ways to complete their tasks
  • Creation of detailed projects plans to ensure that tracking against milestones are in place
  • Capturing and documenting project deliverables & ensuring they are produced in line with plans and quality required.
  • Providing regular communication and support for issue resolution.
  • Leverage project data to create MI for use by the senior leadership team.
  • Capturing and documenting risks, issues, dependencies & change requests
  • Proactively responding & delivering against ad hoc requests
  • Detailed guidance and project management of day-to-day tasks being conducted in each project phase
  • Managing the relationship with MENA SME’s in conjunction with the London based central project manager, to ensure delivery of a regional implementation in line with the project plan and Group deadlines
  • NOTE – role may require visits to some of the MENA countries; Role is based in Dubai


Principal Accountabilities:

Impact on the Business

  • Create & support core PMO processes (reporting, risks & issues, change management and planning).
  • Leverage project data to create MI for use by the senior leadership team.
  • Responsible for the production of regular and ad-hoc senior executive reports that may be presented to all levels of the organization.
  • Provide guidance and create tools to produce MI for the senior leadership team.
  • Support the business management of the PMO function, creating processes and managing reporting.
  • Plan and support rollouts of processes and
  • tools by defining approach and rollout plans, facilitating or delivering training (e.g. Clarity training)
  • Project status reports- ensuring timely submission of reports/ audit content and create MI for Management team
  • Create Programme level Dashboard
  • Create and maintain milestone charts for all projects
  • Complete high-level assessment of Finance’s reporting processes and decompose them into specific activities, to find ways to automate manual processes in place and improve them.  

Customers / Stakeholders

  • Manages, prioritizes and takes ownership of issues that arise and ensures the end solution meets the project objectives
  • Communicates with all levels of stakeholders in the identification of Global and regional project requirements and the development of a suitable solution in the region
  • Understand stakeholders’ needs, identifying and implementing improvements to processes and services in a continuous manner
  • Regularly liaise with customers to expand understanding of customer needs
  • Ongoing stakeholder management including country finance teams, regional finance teams and any other stakeholder identified as part of the activities
  • Relationship management with project managers and other stakeholders for PMO related services delivery
  • Aligns with and manages stakeholder expectations  

Leadership & Teamwork

  • Leads by example, proactively mobilising commitment and leverages team member competencies when needed to promote project interests and completion of objectives
  • Values different perspectives, helping foster an inclusive environment, valuing and leveraging diversity, being sensitive to other cultures
  • To work effectively with areas of the Finance Function, Country Finance teams, Programme work streams
  • Ensure people are coached and knowledge is successfully transferred in each project

Operational Effectiveness & Control

  • Monitor the effectiveness of selected analysis approach and seize opportunities to improve as presented
  • Control of issues, risks, assumptions and timelines
  • Technical subject matter understood and directs strategy
  • Operational controls are in place, documented and evidenced
  • Communications are clear, documents are of a high quality
  • Processes are effective and pragmatic
  • Decisions are forthcoming and appropriate


Knowledge & Experience / Qualifications  

Technical Skill Requirements

  • Experience conducting business / systems analysis and design efforts
  • Experience in process re-engineering
  • Proficient in the use of Excel and Macros
  • Knowledge of Financial Accounting
  • Has an appreciation for business and technical architecture
  • Demonstrated Problem Solving skills
  • Strong communication and relationship skills and worked in a client relationship role e.g. consulting
  • Understands the full project lifecycle from requirements through to implementation
  • Well-developed business analysis, interpersonal, organizational, negotiation, problem-solving and communications skills
  • Ability to professionally and effectively present information and respond to questions from all levels of management
  • A self-starting, independent worker who will take the initiative and progress the development and profile of this role across the Finance team.

 Educational Requirements

  • Graduate from top university with good honours degree
  • Engineer, Business degree or equivalent Finance qualification
  • Postgraduate education e.g. MBA a plus but not essential

Personal Skill Requirements

  • Proficiency in problem solving; a self-starter with excellent written/verbal communication skills
  • Mature and independent. Able to work with little supervision and make recommendations regarding assigned tasks to management
  • Ability to drive change
  • Team player able to manage conflict
  • Intellectually sharp and inquisitive
  • Good interpersonal, leadership and influencing skills
  • Desire and commitment to make a difference
  • Dynamic and willing to challenge the status quo
  • Ability to understand the detail but also able to take a big picture approach
  • Able to influence without authority
  • Proactive, has drive and energy
  • Solution oriented. Strong communications skills at all levels
  • Excellent attention to detail
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