Job title: Finance Director (m/f/d)
Job type: Permanent
Emp type: Full-time
Industry: Utilities
Expertise: Accounting / Finance / Tax
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Job published: 21-11-2021
Job ID: 32142

Job Description

About Departer – The German Headhunter:

As an internationally oriented German HR consultancy for the recruitment of multinational professionals, Departer possesses a long-standing expertise in the core markets of Germany, Greater China, the Middle East, and Australia. Through our regionally established offices in Dubai, Sydney, and Hamburg, we are valued as a reliable recruitment partner by numerous companies.

Our client is a European company responsible for the planning and development of a large coke, power, and desalination plant in the UAE. It will be the most eco-friendly coking plant in the world to supply power and water to the United Arab Emirates. As Finance Director, you will assist the CEO in all strategic and operational matters such as managing overall accounting and finance function of all plants, developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships, negotiating contracts, advising a financial budget and yearly operating strategy, and reporting to the Board and Stakeholders. The Finance Director has strong analytical, data mining/report creation abilities while simultaneously understanding the overall business, and has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills to effectively built and develop a high-performance multi-cultural finance team in the UAE.


Your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Overlook and manage the overall accounting and finance function
  • Assist the CEO on strategic matters such as developing and maintaining stakeholder relationships and negotiating contracts
  • Develop and advise a financial budget and yearly operating strategy, in accordance with the organization's long-term plan
  • Deliver the operating budget to the CEO
  • Confirm compliance with statutory requirements
  • Encourage the digitization of workflows and use of a designated ERP system within all departments
  • Supervise and train the financial unit on all financial, accounting, audit, or fiscal management issues and activities
  • Ensure the timely submission of financial reports
  • Handle monthly reports: reconciliation, cash flow forecasts, and financial statements
  • Prepare the annual budgets, quarterly reports, monthly forecasts, P&L
  • Liaise with external auditors for year-end audits
  • Manage all fiscal reporting activities for the organization
  • Update the Board of the financial situation and growth of the organization and identifying accurate KPIs
  • Guarantee accurate internal controls are in compliance with financial and tax reporting


To be successful in this role you should have the following skills and experiences:

  • University degree in Finance
  • At least 10 years of working experience in a senior finance role in an international company, preferred in a technical environment
  • Excellent English language skills, German would be an added value
  • Highly proficient in MS Office applications, ERP systems, and digitalization of workflows
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP and IFRS)
  • Manufacturing finance experience would be advantageous
  • High attention to detail with an outstanding accountability
  • A self-aware, genuine, and optimistic leader with a proven ability to develop a diverse, high performance, results-oriented team
  • Passion for creating improvements in efficiency and effectiveness of finance and accounting processes and procedures, both individually and through the inspiration of team members
  • Good judgment and ability to make strong decisions independently, while keeping key stakeholders informed