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Lead - Business Unit Strategy

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

5 - 8 years Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

Bachelor of Technology/Engineering, Bachelor of Business Administration(Management). Any Nationality

, Posted on May 15, 2018 1 Opening

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Leverage strong expertise in financial services and Fintech trends to lead the development of ADCB s innovation and digital strategy, in partnership with ADCB s business units to create revenue opportunities and differentiation within the financial services industry
Group innovation and Digital Strategy Formulation :
Lead the development of ADCB s innovation and digital strategy business wide, in partnership with Group Heads, driving customer journey innovations through idea generation and filtering sessions with clear use cases for testing and evolving concepts and present results to MEC to secure seed capital expenditure approval
Drive the digital and innovation agenda throughout the Group to deeply embed a culture of innovation within the organizational DNA, working closely with external consultants (as required) to ensure ADCB gets value from their assignments
Conduct market research in order to develop, test and refine ideas and prototypes
Governance Structure and Execution Framework :
Establish Group level and project level governance routines for innovation programme to ensure ADCB governance and quality standards are maintained Create and embed a product development framework including processes and toolkit to ensure effective and efficient execution of agreed initiatives
Use the agile approach , embracing Scrum and Lean Start Up methodologies to enable self-directed teams to execute against deliverables and equip employees and leaders with tools developed to enable successful delivery and to track performance against plans
Strategic Innovation Initiatives :
Advise Senior Leadership on the opportunities identified, from idea generation workshops conducted across the business, and provide recommendations for implementation to ensure the correct initiatives are prioritized and actioned
Activate collaborative work cells to deliver against selected initiatives and provide direction and support to the teams and stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of minimum viable product
Monitor product performance against defined KPIs to ensure stakeholders understand whether to pivot, kill or accelerate the solution
Oversee successful handover to the business unit once the product has achieved product/market fit through demonstrated traction and provide initial support in scaling up to ensure initiatives are properly supported and delivered
Ensure knowledge and capability transfer to members of the business units through on the job training and coaching to ensure self-sufficiency after handover period
Programme Administration of ADCB iLab :
Develop budgets for various innovation and digitization initiatives and value propositions in cooperation with stakeholders to ensure appropriate level of resources, utilization and profitability
Create and maintain strong vendor relationships to ensure smooth and successful project related outcomes on specific engagements
Define and measure programme level KPIs and provide clear reporting dashboards to all levels of Senior Management as required to enable fact based, data driven decisions
People Management :
Manage self and team in line with ADCB s people management policies, procedures, processes and practices to ensure adherence and to maximize own and employee contribution to business performance
Manage the effective achievement of the team s objectives through setting individual objectives, managing performance, developing the team and providing formal and informal feedback to maxim

Industry Type : Banking / Financial Services / Broking
Functional Area : Corporate Planning / Consulting / Strategy / M&A

Desired Candidate Profile

Minimum Experience and Qualifications :
At least 8 years of experience in Strategic Programme Management in Financial Services with 5 years in a top tier financial organization in emerging and mature markets.
Undergraduate degree in engineering, finance or business
Master degree in engineering, finance or business [MBA]
Top tier institutions only
Knowledge and Skills :
Excellent organizational/project management skills working with multiple groups across geographies
Document structuring and story boarding capabilities
Strong understanding of distribution, products, sales management, and customer solutions
Excellent verbal and written communication skills at Executive Committee level
Expert level understanding of mobility and ecommerce and mcommerce solutions
Creative thinker with a natural curiosity and willingness to explore new technologies and business models
Be constructively discontent; constantly challenging the status quo using an entrepreneurial mind-set and a can do attitude
Stimulate discovery, experimenting in the art of the possible in order to uncover opportunities
Ability to acknowledge negative indicators early and take appropriate measure
Champion continuous improvement, never settling for current state, always looking to innovate
Drive the search of proven internal or external ideas, reapply and adapt them for benefit in alternative situation
Resilient when faced with strong levels of resistance, seeing challenges as opportunities to improve
Ability to work effectively with Executives and Senior Management across different business platforms
Strong leadership capability, excellent interpersonal skills, multicultural awareness and sensitivity


Market research Financial services Policies Tools Coaching Continuous improvement Agile Scrum Ideas Project management

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Founded in the year 1985, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank is a full-service commercial bank that offers a comprehensive range of products and services including private banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, retail banking, cash management, investment banking, wealth management, corporate finance , foreign exchange, Islamic products, interest rate and currency derivatives, property management services and project finance. Today, ADCB has more than 50 branches and cash offices in the United Arab Emirates and 300 ATM's spread throughout the UAE. The bank has two branches in India as well.

The Emiratization strategy chalked by ADCB has been rewarded with Best Emiratization Awards four times. The bank’s success is backed by the Emarati Academy, which is working to provide necessary knowledge and training to ensure that the high school and university graduates graduating from their institution are fully prepared for branch or departmental roles.

ADCB’s aim is to become the most valuable bank in the UAE. Towards this end, the bank has grown and its presence and has gone from strength to strength with more than 5000 employees. The bank is committed to bringing out the very best from each and every employee. It believes in assessing not just the employee’s performance on the basis of the results achieved but also on the basis of how these results are achieved.
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