Business & Planning Analyst

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Job Description


Business & Planning Analyst- MENA | Corporate Fashion Retail | Dubai

Location: Dubai, AE

Company: Al Futtaim Private Company LLC

Job Requisition ID: 145527

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Al-Futtaim Group partners with over 200 of the world's most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim Group's entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration and integrity; Al-Futtaim Group continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day

Overview of the role

This position will be responsible for the analysis and interpretation of commercial trends requiring management's attention and will independently generate analysis to support ideas. The job holder needs to assist in the analysis, formulation, and data recommendation to management for decision making and presentation to the commercial team and the principals. The job holder will be required to undertake projects and administrative tasks as and when required by the VP to raise the organisational productivity of the company. Capability to work with different levels team within the organisation, capacity to negotiate and impose his ideas, stress resistant, capacity to work hard and respect deadlines with high levels of anticipation.

What you will do

Business Analytics & Commercial Reviews

Originate and develop analysis to help commercial team better understand commercial and financial trends and financial opportunities

Steers preparations for trade and principles' meetings with business stakeholders.

Manage meetings and relationships with the commercial team to ensure appropriate reports' submissions, cost control, and insightful business understanding.

Steering regional initiatives related to the division in MENA, supporting efficiencies and effectiveness and ensuring quality of deliverables throughout the process.

Lead the weekly and monthly retail trade meetings for the division and ensure the presentation packs are ready and validated before the meetings


Establish effective communication channels with the commercial team members in the division as well as stores' managers when required.

Review existing reporting protocols in management, finance, purchasing, marketing and human resources and ensure timely submissions for the visibility of the VP.

Appropriate interactions with project stakeholders and process owners. Develop strong collaborative relationship with & ensure key stakeholders for projects are identified and engaged.

Office Administration and Record Management

Effective management of the VP's communications and daily business itinerary and schedule priorities, systems' approvals for the business requirements in addition to the direct reporting lines' approval requirements from VP's side.

Proactive preparation for strategic meetings such as EXCO, retail committee, investment committee, budgets, and financial periodical forecasts.

Efficient handling of the arrangements of meetings for MENA businesses and coverage for ASIA at times when required by the VP.

Maintaining the weekly movement status of the commercial team

Required Skills to be successful

Expert proficiency with KPIs, Business Reports, Microsoft Office (Outlook, Work, Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint).

Experience taking the "minutes" at Senior Executive Management Meetings and assisting with special requests & presentations.

Exceptional organizational skills and impeccable attention to detail and accuracy

High degree of professionalism in dealing with stakeholders Ability to make appropriate, informed decisions regarding priorities and available time.

Have the autonomy to complete tasks and projects as assigned by the VP with minimal guidance.

Excellent judgement is essential.

What Equips you for the role

Bachelors / master's degree (preferably business/statistics preferred)

Minimum 8 years of experience; 5 years in business analysis & planning roles

Solid experience as a Business Analyst working with the VP/ Director for a major organization in Retail Fashion Luxury Goods industry preferred

Experience in managing Complex Fashion Retail projects in GCC preferred

About Al-Futtaim Retail

Al-Futtaim Retail has established itself as one of the leaders in Retail across the Middle East, Africa & Asia over the past 30 years. We have developed partnerships with some of the biggest and most respected Brands in the world including IKEA, ACE and Toys R Us in the Middle East and the Inditex Group of Brands (Zara, Mango, Bershka and P&B) across Asia. We are also one of the largest Global partners of Marks and Spencer's in both regions with over 75 stores offering both fashion & food options.

Most recently we have been responsible for bringing brands to the Middle East for the first time with the exciting launches of Watsons and B&Q and we aim to continue to be agile and adaptive to our markets with new launches and further development. For this to be possible we aim to recruit the best talent from all backgrounds who will continue to challenge and develop our diverse workforce which includes over 100 nationalities across 12 countries. Join us today and make a difference...

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