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Head of Network Development | Group Automotive | Dubai, UAE

Date: 04-Aug-2019

Location: Dubai, AE

Company: Al Futtaim Private Company LLC

Job Requisition ID: 39318 

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.


Come join us to live well, work better, and be the best.

Job Description:

To implement Group Automotive Network Strategy (Domestic Region) in collaboration with Auto Brand/OEM requirements, ensuring facilities are right sized to suit current and future Market requirements for Sales and Aftersales, optimizing the customer journey and processes to ensure maximum sales revenues and customer satisfaction, within the approved dealers standards/ brand CI, and in accordance with company financial guidelines to ensure maximum return on investment. Build collaborative intercompany relationships with AFRE/AFGRE/ AF Engineering and Auto Senior Managers to ensure maximum benefits to group are achieved through this method of collaboration.


Key Responsibilities:

Portfolio & Project Management-

  • Provide project management support to Network Development Division (including strategic support, initiation, planning, execution, monitor & control, closure and budgeting services to the Automotive Division to support the successful implementation of Auto related project developments.
  • Pre-Approval Phase – Define initial scope and financial resources.  Identify internal and external stakeholders.  Support development of project charter and Authorization for Financial Expenditure (AFE) for approval.
  • Planning & Execution - Define and agree project objectives with key stakeholders/Project Sponsor then communicate with the project team to establish this vision of what will constitute successful accomplishment of the project objective. Develop Project Management Plan (PMP) and facilitate work defined in the PMP to satisfy the project objectives.
  • Monitor & control – Track, review and regulate progress and performance of the project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes.
  • Closure – Finalize all activities to formally complete the project.  Verify that the defined processes are completed to close the project.  Obtain acceptance by the customer/sponsor.  Ensure quality and delivery of project on time and in budget.


Business Interests & Communication-

  • Develop or provide direction for developing communication plan to ensure executive management and stakeholders receive adequate communication throughout the project and are kept informed of critical path progress and variances from plan, while building a collaborative environment for stakeholders.


  • Develop strong relationships within the business, Senior Management members and their teams to ensure a cohesive communication flow and issue follow-up.



Risk Management, Governance, Quality-

  • Ensure good project governance is applied to all Automotive projects protecting business interests and ROI.
  • Respond proactively to potential delays by using judgment to determine risk areas and maintain business issues within the Project Risk Register ensuring identification of issues and actions are logged so that it reduces or eliminates the risk of delay to project objectives.
  • Ensure Quality at end of every project phase


Project development and Management-

  • Work with Project Managers and consultant (after appointment of consultant) on the Concept, Schematic and Detailed Design phases with stakeholder approval at each stage in order to design.
  • Oversee tender pricing negotiations via CPD including all project costs and submit to next level for approval of AFE-Internal note or Cap Ex approvals.
  •  Oversee the Inspection via the PM team the final works for co-ordination of snagging in order to ensure BU/Brand standards are met
  • Support the development of the Network Strategy plan with inputs from the Network on what is required to achieve the group objectives
  • Immediately escalate to SNR GM Network any issues which may cause a delay to the project process in order to amend the timelines expected for delivery.


Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

  • Degree from any recognized University or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years Automotive experience
  • Experience of program design, implementation & management
  • UAE/GCC experience preferred
  • Automotive Retail experience desirable
  • Writing Business Cases and Executive Summaries
  • Project Management skills essential
  • Demonstrates ability to build relationships within and outside of Al Futtaim Group.
  • Business acumen
  • Holding a driving license (conduct site visits across the Emirates)


Behavioural Competencies

    • Customer and quality focused
    • Good communication in English – oral and written, Arabic speaking a plus.
    • Attention to detail, planning, organizing, executing
    • Team work, constituent influencer.




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