AF23120 - General Manager of Finance | Al Futtaim Fashion | DFC | Dubai

Department: GUESS
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 14-May-2016

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.


The foundation of Al-Futtaim’s retail network was established in the early 1990s with the launch of the internationally renowned and popular IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Toys R Us and ACE franchises in the UAE.

Representing some of the world’s most popular international brands, Al-Futtaim’s retail network extends throughout the UAE, GCC and North Africa and has a significant presence in Singapore and Malaysia following the acquisition of The Robinson Group in 2008.

In 2012, Al-Futtaim acquired a shareholding in Royal Sporting House, which is active in distribution, direct retail stores and shop-in-shops. The Singapore-based fashion, sports and lifestyle retail giant has 600 stores and many additional points of sale are spread around the world with over 399 in South East Asia, over 74 in the Middle East and over 126 in the South Pacific region.

  • 837 stores in 18 countries
  • Occupies 5.6 million sq. ft. of retail space
  • 13,000 employees
  • Serves 30 million customers each year


Established in 1981, GUESS began as a jeans company and has since successfully grown into a global lifestyle brand. Today GUESS designs, markets and distributes full collections of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel as well as accessories.

Throughout the years, the GUESS image has been portrayed in unforgettable, innovative campaigns that have made the brand a household name and has over 70 stores located around the GCC This is a great opportunity to become part of a dynamic work environment and get involved in the expansion and future growth of this exciting brand.

About The Role:

As the General Manager of Finance – Fashion, you will report to the Managing Director and be responsible for ensuring timely and accurate preparation of Management Reports (the Profit & Loss Account, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow statements of the business unit each month and cash forecast) and any other reports required by the group, to track performance against budget / forecast.

You will carry out timely insight into operational performance review with business functions through operational reports and dashboard as well as ensure timely advice on variances, trends and corrective action to be taken. You will prepare and manage budget, forecast and long term plan along with business presentations to retail senior management team.

You will provide commercial support to the management team in the areas of cost management, pricing, inventory management and feasibility studies for new stores. You will also recruit, motivate and develop staff to enable the Finance function to meet business needs.

About You:

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, it is essential you have ACCA / CIMA / CPA / CA or equivalent qualification. You will have 7 - 10 years of Management Accounting and Financial planning experience in a large organization within the retail sector.

You will possess good analytical and financial modelling skills and be KPI driven and customer focused. You will have excellent communication skills and ability to work to deadlines. You will have to possess cultural awareness and sensitivity and have an attitude of continuous improvement. You will be honest, responsible and a team player.

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.