Our client is a British multinational automobile manufacturer which produces luxury vehicles and sport utility vehicles. They are looking for a Profit Planning Analyst to be responsible for periodic planning & reporting, to be delivered through proper partnering with the relevant stakeholders in the MENA regional office as well as the Overseas Finance Team. This is a temporary contract for a 7 month duration to be based in the Dubai Regional Office in Dubai Silicon Oasis, and reporting to the Control & Finance Planning Manager
The Opportunity The Profit Planning Analyst is responsible for periodic planning & reporting, to be delivered through proper partnering with the relevant stakeholders in the MENA regional office as well as the Overseas Finance Team.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
Budgeting & Forecasting:
Manage the end-to-end process of the budget and forecast cycles required for both Vehicle and after sales business of the MENA region.
Robustly and appropriately challenge inputs based on analysis and business knowledge to drive accuracy for each forecast and budget cycle.
Ensure the compilation of all data is obtained on a timely basis and the required internal and corporate reporting timelines are met with deliverables & completed on a timely basis, with sufficient time for senior review. Ensure appropriate level of commentary and explanations are provided.
Responsible for compiling the monthly variance analysis of actuals compared to most recent forecast/budget cycle & perform detailed vehicle sales analysis to understand how the actual sales have driven variance in revenue and profit to expectation.
Completion of required local management and corporate reporting packs with appropriate and adequate commentary of variances.
Responsible for periodical & Ad-Hoc forecasting, with the relevant operational analysis and identification of the R&Os.
Accountable for budgetary control and ensuring that expenditure is not over-spent compared to approved budget levels.
Regular review of approved Purchase Orders in SAP along with the accounting team in determining unutilized approved spend for analysis and discussion around potential redeployment if appropriate.
Undertake any other work as directed by their line manager in connection with their job as may be requested from time to time.
Cross functional within MENA Regional Office
Overseas Regional finance team
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Education: Bachelors in business administration or equivalent as a minimum
Previous experience working on budgets & forecasting at a multinational corporation.
Microsoft Office heavy user preferred especially good at Excel & PowerPoint.
High level of Business Acumen and analytical skills.
Team player, experience working with cross functional teams & regional / head office central functions.
Good analytical and problem-solving skills
Able to work under pressure
Working with retailer / importers.
Great communications skills: verbal, written & presentations
Ability to build relationships & see/negotiate win-win solutions
Ability to travel, flexible working time with out of hours work requirements
Ability to multitask & effectively prioritise workloads
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