AF25865 - HR Business Partner | Group HR

Department: Al Futtaim Group HR
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 11-Mar-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 Position:

We are currently looking for a HR Business Partner to be based in Dubai. The purpose of this role is to act as a trusted advisor to senior line management on all human capital management matters; to ensure a keen understanding of the business strategy, priorities and operating model to ensure the right people capabilities are in place to deliver.  Implement and align the HR strategies and cyclical agenda; enable a culture of performance, meritocracy and diversity; and comply with Group HR policies whilst always looking for opportunities of operational excellence.

The full details of responsibilities are listed below:

 To translate the function strategy and priorities into an HR strategy
 To provide thought through and effective business cases for the resolution of identified issues to be presented to the Business Head / Senior HR BP
 To act as a strategic partner with the business in advising, coaching and mentoring management on people related issues
 To support and facilitate the implementation of business structure reorganisation and consolidation to deliver efficiencies
 Have an understanding of the business, in particular the sources of profit and the cost base to support with the implementation of HR strategies and practices
 To identify key roles that need to be sourced and ensure that the right talent acquisition strategy is applied and followed
 To prioritise and ensure that the right talent is being attracted and sourced to key roles in the finance function across all geographies
 To align recruitment for all businesses against the right organisation structure, functional competencies and skill level required for the future of the business
 To ensure candidates are the right behavioural fit for the business
 To manage the Employee Engagement survey for the business, ensuring all impact plans have been submitted and implemented in the business
 To manage Employee Relations issues within the business, supporting line managers to create a culture of employee engagement based upon Al-Futtaim values
 Plays an integral role in the Talent Review processes, challenging and providing input to their line managers decisions
 Aligned to the HR Talent Review process, ensure that across the function has the right talent identified and development plans are implemented
 To provide input into the Business Learning Needs Analysis for the business to support the accomplishments of key business metrics
 Practice internal mobility throughout the function across all lines of business and countries for development and retention purposes and to support business priorities and criticalities
 To ensure that compliance of HR policy is maintained to review and strengthen business internal controls and procedures
 To conduct annual salary adjustment and bonus reviews across the business
 Aligned to Total Rewards policies and practices, ensure that the right compensation structures are in place for the function for role size and performance
 Conduct thorough data analysis to support business cases
 Promote and actively support the Nationalisation plan for the function
 To contribute to Group wide projects outside of the business
 To conduct the annual manpower and budgeting exercise accurately and efficiently. 


About You:

Minimum Qualifications and Knowledge: Human Resource, Psychology or Business Management Degree. CIPD qualification desirable

Minimum Experience: Five years HR Generalist Experience. Previous experience as a HR Business Partner.  Previous experience working in a dynamic operating model

Job-Specific Skills: Business acumen, HR data analytics, project management, change management, stakeholder management, relationship management and strong interpersonal skills


Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.