AF25774 - Strategy & Planning Manager | Transformation Management Office

Department: Corporate
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 25-May-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.


Toyota, Honda, Marks &Spencers, Ikea, Toys R Us and Dubai Festival City are just some of the amazing stable of world 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.

Al-Futtaim is regarded as a pioneer in the Gulf region's Automotive industry and encompasses every aspect of the Automotive business; from passenger and commercial vehicles and construction equipment sales and service, to used car sales and rental and leasing. The Automotive Division is currently eMDarking on an aggressive 5 years expansion plan

About the Position:

We have recently set up a Transformation Management Office and are currently looking to appoint a Strategy Manager based in Dubai.

Reporting to the Director - Transformation Management Office, the Strategy Manager will build an overall Transformation plan and drive logic and analysis on framing analysis for initiative decisions. He/she will be the primary interface between the Chief Transformation Officer and the Transformation Managers.

As part of our newly established Transformation Office, this role will have the below responsibilities: 

  • Drives / coordinates strategy and business planning in context of transformation
  • Develops long term view on initiatives – sponsors / senior executives quantify the effort and requirements to deliver initiatives
  • Helps CTO manage Transformation Managers including on how to structure methods and resolve emerging issues
  • Serve as primary interface between transformation managers and CTO
  • Meets / collaborates with transformation managers to help clarify scope
  • Coordinate across transformation teams to ensure that improvements, feedback are aligned and all transformation managers are aligned
  • Trains team members on key elements of relevant initiatives including objectives
  • Understands standard management methods, helps prioritize initiatives, anticipates issues
  • Develops detailed timeline including milestones, dependencies, team organization and budget
  • Keeps CTO updated with 2 x per week statuses
  • Prepares Executive Committee meeting reports
  • Leads analyses and options evaluations and presents recommendations
  • Develop deep familiarity with enterprise level recommendations and potential interventions for each initiative




About You:

The minimum requirements we have for this role are as follows:

• Management consultant or strong finance background across variety of sectors
• Deep understanding of transformation and initiative management
• Experience in building and implementing broad scale cross enterprise initiatives

Job-Specific/Technical Skills required to complete the tasks:

• Strong analytical thinking, problem solving, resourceful, time management skill set
• Strong interpersonal skills / emotional intelligence – ability for anticipating conflict and
• resolving, strong aptitude for coaching
• Strong oral and written communication – excellent ability to crystalize messages for
• executives
• Strong understanding of business and policy issues faced by organizations
• Operates well under ambiguity with ability to drive people towards an endpoint without conflict

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.