AF25345 - Senior Project Manager Talent | Group HR | Dubai

Department: Al Futtaim Group HR
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2017

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.

Financial Services

Al-Futtaim is a trusted name in the financial services sector with over 30 years experience in the UAE.

Al-Futtaim’s financial services sector operations include 11 companies operate in 5 countries.

About the Position:

As part of the Talent and Organisational Development team, you will be responsible for supporting the diagnoses of organizational group wide talent needs, identifying appropriate solutions and developing project plans and frameworks to successfully implement strategic and sustainable projects and solutions into the Al-Futtaim Group.

Responsible for talent projects with the aim to strengthen and fully integrate current activities (e.g. Talent Review, Strategic Manpower Planning), and support of establishing a strong Talent function.

Responsible for the governance and enhancement of talent management process and system, reporting and analysis to drive usage and support internal talent supply and demand management. Responsible for the diagnosis, solution, implementation and maintenance of Talent Reporting for the Group.

Key Accountabilities:


  • Design, develops, implements & assesses group wide talent programs that drive significant culture change
  • Works with stakeholders to understand organisational goals and ensures Talent projects address organisational wide gaps and have the desired impact and results
  • Researches and benchmarks against world class solutions to drive the people capability agenda 


  • Indirectly leads, coaches and manages project team members on a proactive basis  

Project and Change Management

  • Manages multiple projects using best practice Project Management methodologies, systems and processes from initiation to closure
  • Manages projects within scope to budget, delivering projects on time and to expected quality
  • Plans for and manages risks, issues, assumptions and dependencies within projects escalating where appropriate to line manager and appropriate stakeholders
  • Uses suitable change management tools and practices to ensure target audiences for the change have the required buy in, communication/ training pre go live and resistance is kept to a minimum
  • Implements continuous improvement processes to ensure projects are sustainable and deliver to the expectations of organisational needs

Talent Reporting and Scorecard

  • Creates and reports Talent Key Performance Indicators. Provides analyses and recommendations to ensure impact and results to the T&OD scorecard imperatives on a regular basis.
  • Provides ad hoc analysis as requested by Group or Divisional needs.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Using influencing and communication skills to adapt approach to various stakeholders taking into considering group and division requirements
  • Maps and manages stakeholders through partnerships
  • Manages stakeholders expectations proactively
  • Prepares and/or provides input on project progress and decisions required to relevant governance committees
  • Manages vendor relationships where required


  • Accountable for project results along with programme lead and project sponsor
  • Maintain systems for collating and reporting on project KPIs
  • Manage & Analyse the data and report to stakeholders relevant KPI
  • Ensure key stakeholders in the business have up to date reports


About You:


  • Minimum a bachelor’s degree and/or relevant professional qualification relating to business, HR (specifically TM/OD/ planning), consultancy
  • Project management qualification/certification
  • Change management qualification/certification

Minimum Experience and Knowledge: 

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working in HR in large MNC/blue chip or top consulting firm
  • Fluent written and spoken English, Arabic would be a plus
  • Deep experience/knowledge of talent management, talent development, succession management, organisational effectiveness, performance management 


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.