AF25588 - Communications Specialist (Group HR)

Department: Al Futtaim Group HR
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 12-Feb-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.


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 Role:

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Communications Specialist to join our Group HR team based in Dubai, UAE.

In this role, you will be accountable for coordinating all aspects of HR communications including internal and external HR communications via various channels, project communications and management of HR events.

Reporting directly to the Head of HR Communications & PMO, you will be supporting in the development, management and quality control of centralized HR communications (both internal and external), development and implementation of project communication plans, development and maintaining of HR collateral in line with brand guidelines, coordination of HR meetings and events such as the HR Townhall, and management of communications technologies and communication tools and channels.

Other responsibilities are:

• Development and management of  communication tools such as newsletters, magazines and online communication tools; such as intranets, websites, community sites and reporting dashboards 
• Quality control of  content for external communication tools and collateral
• Coordination of HR meetings and events such as the HR Town Hall meetings and workshops

• Support project managers with  the development and implementation of communication plans and the development of relevant collateral 
• Provide regular relevant reports to stakeholders 

• Coordinate and support with the development of HR collateral in line with brand guidelines
• Manage communication technologies and vehicles
• Provide support to HR managers in development of collateral and using online tools

• Stakeholder management with the system providers, users and content providers
• Accurate content management 
• Provide regular reports to the stakeholders via online tools 

• Ensure all HR projects are within budget
• Regular updates to the Head of HR Communications & PMO, HRBP – HR on budgets for HR Communications and Projects 


About You:

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should have a relevant Degree or Diploma (in Communications, Marketing, Media or PR), and have 2-5 years of communications and project management experience 
This role demands great attention to detail, the ability to work to strict deadlines and under pressure. Effective stakeholder management skills are essential, along with excellent writing and communication skills; Fluency in English is an essential requirement 

Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in a communications related role, with a strong ability to influence stakeholders and work with senior executives, a proactive, flexible outlook with the ability to work well as part of a team and independently, computer skills – excellent knowledge of Windows is required (MS Word, Power Point, Excel)
Knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint, IBM WebSphere, Success Factors and Adobe InDesign/Photoshop will be an advantage and candidates should have a creative mind-set and ‘can-do’ attitude  


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.