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BuroHappold Engineering

Posted on September 13, 2019

5 - 6 years Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Any Nationality

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Finance Lead (Middle East) - Dubai
We are currently recruiting for a Finance Lead to oversee and manage our Middle East operation. This is a unique opportunity to play a commercially pivotal role in a growing and dynamic international business.
More about the role...
This is a commercially focussed and autonomous finance leadership role, driving and controlling the financial performance of the Buro Happold Middle East operation. This includes tight financial & operational control, managing all aspects of the finance function along with full decision support to the leadership team. The business is spread over two major offices (Dubai and Riyadh) with headcount of c. 140 staff and revenue exceeding 25m, forming a significant part of the Buro Happold group which has revenue in excess of 170m.
Specific accountabilities will include....
• Driving all aspects of the commercial performance of the business unit.
• Key business partner to the MD and senior leadership team, driving strategy and formulating tactical plans.
• Leadership and line management of a team of up to 5 finance professionals based across 2 locations
• Control over all commercial aspects of our projects including: bids, operational controls, cash, credit and risk management.
• Driving performance and control through key relationships with internal and external clients.
• Control and management of all commercial and financial aspects of running the Dubai and Riyadh offices.
• Prime contact with banks and full control of all business cash transactions
• Responsible for taxation and compliance with local requirements
• Prime contact with external auditors and regulatory authorities including compliance with all UAE/KSA statutory and regulatory reporting requirements
• Management of the finance function includes the provision of:
• Monthly management and project information
• Quarterly financial reporting packs and the associated controls
• Financial and Commercial decision support for senior executives and engineering teams
• Control the integrity of financial data, particularly revenue recognition.
• Control of local finance systems and processes
• Preparation of budgets and forecasts.
• Control of and management of regional office costs
• Compilation of any ad hoc reports and information requests
• Liaison with other Group and Regional finance teams
More about you...
As an experienced finance professional, it is expected that you can demonstrate...
• Qualified accountant, minimum 5 years post qualification experience in highly commercial environment with at least 3 years operating at a similar level of responsibility
• Can demonstrate proactive commercial control over a wide range of situations
• Proven ability to effectively manage finance teams within multiple office environment
• Highly organised with the proven ability to prioritise and work to tight deadlines.
• Confident, proactive character, with the ability to take the lead in challenging situations
• The ability to liaise confidently with teams based around the globe
• Resilient with excellent communication skills and demonstrate an attention to detail.
• Experience of professional services or the construction industry would be an advantage
• Intermediate Excel skills, (VLookups, Pivot Tables) required
• Experience of the following would be an advantage:
• Long Term project accounting
• Working as part of an international, matrix managed business
• Consulting Engineering or Professional Services business

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