AF23816 - Head of Fashion Visual Merchandising MENA

Department: ESPRIT
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 30-Nov-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


About The Position:

As the Head of Visual Merchandising - Fashion, you will be responsible for all creative and visual propositions in the stores and concessions across the GCC region. You will implement all internal and external visual displays, graphics and promotions ensuring that all corporate guidelines are adhered to and train the head office and in-store teams on visual standards.

You will be involved with everything from concept development and implementation of innovative and compelling displays. You will create and innovative ways to enliven the stores and bring the brand to life. You will provide leadership and direction to the VM teams and ensure that the company's strategies are well reflected in all visual presentation. You will work closely with the buying, marketing and operations teams and be responsible for sourcing equipment within your allocated budget.

About You:

You’ll not only have great ideas, you’ll be able to make them happen. An accomplished planner and communicator, you’ll know exactly how to get results using your excellent people management skills. You'll be an effective and experienced visual merchandiser with the ability to balance commercial decisions with your creative understanding.

You will ideally hold a Degree in Fine Arts or a related creative subject; have previous experience with a multi fashion brands, experience of managing a team of Visual merchandisers and overseeing multiply store sites. 

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.