AF8401 - Head of Talent, Resourcing, Development and Localization

Department: Corporate Office
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 21-Feb-2013

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


Al-Futtaim Group Divisions include Al-Futtaim Travel, GMASCO, and shared services for IT, Finance and HR. Audit, Legal, Treasury and Investment Management are also managed at a Group level.

About the Business:

Toyota, Honda, Marks & Spencers, Ikea, Toys R Us and Dubai Festival City are just some of the amazing renowned brands managed by the Al Futtaim Group of Companies. Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses in the Gulf region.  Today, Al-Futtaim operates through more than 65 companies in sectors as diverse as commerce, industry and services, and employs in excess of 20,000 people across the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan, Singapore and Europe.

The Role:

We are currently looking to recruit a Head of Talent, Resourcing, Development and Localization. This is a newly created role and will report directly into the Group Director of Human Resources.

The position is responsible for providing consulting services and partnering with Human Resources and business leaders to drive talent management, resourcing, development & localization strategies, tools and processes in a systematic & pragmatic manner and within the approved budgets, time frames and management guidelines.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Performance management/ Succession planning/ Talent assessment and coaching
  • Recruitment & selection
  • Training  & development planning and competency identification
  • Localization
  • Organizational development and design


Skills and Experience:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a HR leadership role.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or advanced degree in or advanced degree in Industrial/ Organizational psychology.

General experience:

  • Must have strong mediation and counseling skills.
  • Must have strategic, analytical and tactical abilities.
  • Must have deep knowledge of local laws and regulations concerning the labour market - experience of living and working in the Middle East is preferable.
  • Must have the ability to acquire and analyze local market demographics, economic and labour market conditions.

Leadership skills:

  • Must have proven leadership abilities and lead by example.
  • Must have the ability to create an environment where values are a strong and living reality that embraces the diversity of employees and visitors.
  • Ability to effectively demonstrate capabilities as a Leadership Coach, Performance Consultant and Talent Director.
  • Should be innovative with a strong customer centric approach. 

Communication skills:

  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to share knowledge and learning.
  • Must be able to build working relationships.
  • Excellent presentation skills and an ability to engage audiences.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages.

Business acumen and skills:

  • Ability to successfully negotiate and close a deal.
  • Demonstrates strategic thinking with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Strong business acumen and ability to translate business strategy into organization development plans.
  • Understanding of business processes and basic corporate finance, management and accounting principles.

Time & project management:

  • Strong project management skills.
  • Must be able to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and have strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and oversee multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective time management skills and ability to meet deadlines. 

Additional skills:

  • Change management skills.
  • Must be an independent “thinker” and possess strong organization skills, strong customer focus and orientation.
  • Results-oriented and "hands-on" approach
  • Previous Lean or Six Sigma or other continuous improvement experience.
  • Maintains direction and focus through proactive planning and organized approaches to work.
  • Demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience working with a global HRIS system.
  • Willingness to travel.
Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.