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HR Business Partner | IKEA | Dubai II, UAE

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Date: 23-May-2019

Location: Dubai, AE

Company: Al Futtaim Private Company LLC

About Al-Futtaim Private Company LLC


No two days are the same at Al-Futtaim, no matter what role you have. Our work is driven by the desire to make a difference and to have a meaningful impact with the goal of enriching everyday lives. Take our engaging and supportive work environment and couple it with a company culture that recognises and rewards quality performance, and what do you get? The chance to push the limits every single day.


As a humble family business that started on the banks of the Dubai Creek in the 1930s, Al-Futtaim has expanded to a presence in 31 countries, a portfolio of over 200 companies, and 42,000 employees. You’ll find us in industries ranging from automotive and retail, to finance and real estate, and connecting people with international names like Lexus, Ikea, Robinsons, and Adidas. Our team is proudly multicultural and multinational because that kind of diverse representation gives us the global mindset to grow and impact the people, markets, and trends around us.


About Al-Futtaim IKEA




We are a values-driven company with a passion for life at home. Our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people.


Al-Futtaim IKEA holds the franchise rights for IKEA in Egypt, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.


About you

You have a deep business knowledge and are energized by working in a changing complex environment and you navigate with confidence in an agile way. You have excellent skills in communication, negotiation and have a strong engagement and commitment to develop the business by optimizing performance through people. You appreciate the mix of strategic, tactical and operational thinking and demonstrate an open mind-set. You are a strong communicator with the ability to influence and inspire across all levels. You show high level of integrity from a values perspective and credibility built through seniority and extensive competence in the HR field.


What’s more, we believe that you have the following knowledge, capabilities and motivation:

  • Live and share the IKEA values every day
  • Human Resource, Psychology or Business Management Degree. CIPD qualification desirable

  • 5years HR Generalist Experience. Previous experience as a HR Business Partner, IKEA experience is preferred

  • Budget planning, business acumen, communication design, data analysis, planning & coordination, project management, change management, stakeholder management


About the role

You act as a trusted advisor to senior line management on all human capital management matters; to ensure a keen understanding of the business so as to implement HR strategies and practices that support robust business growth; reinforce a culture of performance focus, meritocracy and diversity; and comply with Group HR policy.



Key Specific Accountabilities


  • Translate the brand plan and business requirements in to a plan for the business
  • Provide effective business cases for the resolution of identified issues to be presented to the Business Head / HR Director
  • Act as a strategic partner with the business in advising, coaching and mentoring management and the HR team on people related issues
  • 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


  • Translate the annual brand plan for human capital and develop it into an annual plan for the business, working with Talent Acquisition to achieve the objectives
  • Play a key role in the setting up of a new business/department within the brand


  • Manage the Employee Engagement survey for the business, ensuring all impact plans have been submitted and implemented in the business
  • Reward top performers with the tools and policies provided by Group HR
  • Manage Employee Relations issues within the business, supporting line managers to create a culture of employee engagement based upon Al-Futtaim valuesDevelop
  • Provide input into the Business Learning Needs Analysis for the Store to support the accomplishments of KPIs
  • Create pre-conditions from a people perspective to reach job maturity in a cross-functional collaboration through enabling an end-to-end approach and a constant learning organisation
  • Play an integral role in the annual Talent Review process, challenging and providing input to their line managers decisions
  • Provide coaching to Store Management team members in their leadership
  • Lead, coach and develop the HR team members


  • Plays an integral role in the Talent Review processes, challenging and providing input to their line managers decisions
  • Provide input into the Business Learning Needs Analysis for the business to support the accomplishments of key business metrics


  • Ensure that compliance of HR policy is maintained to review and strengthen business internal controls and procedures
  • Make sure compliance on DOA and provide leadership on process and governance
  • Conduct annual salary adjustment and bonus reviews across the business, ensuring alignment to the Brand
  • Translate the Nationalisation plan for the Brand and develop it into an action plan for the business


  • Contribute to Brand wide projects outside of the business
  • Perform the annual manpower and budgeting exercise accurately and efficiently. Create, obtain approval for and manage the HR department budget


This position is located in Dubai and reports directly to the Store Manager. You will have one L&D Specialist and HR Administrator reporting to you.



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Interest? Then please join us for a rewarding career journey!


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