Manager Financial Planning & Analysis Aldar Education Dubai

Aldar Education is currently seeking Manager Financial Planning & Analysis to support their growing family of owned and operated schools in the UAE. This is an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Aldar family of schools and to help shape the future of Abu Dhabi’s leading school group. The selected candidate will be responsible to drive the key financial planning & analysis activities across Aldar Education, supporting Head– FP&A in financial analysis, Budgeting, and Forecasting to support financial decision making and Stakeholder management.

Duties of Manager Financial Planning & Analysis

Main Duties

  • Support Head – FP&A in managing the group’s Financial Planning & Analysis function.
  • Manage and support the Annual Budgeting and Forecasting Exercise.
  • Actively manage Budgetary control.
  • Assist in MIS preparation.

Specific Duties

Budgeting ,Forecasting and Reporting

  • Lead development of Annual Budgets by coordinating with schools.
  • Lead development of annual budgets by coordinating with respective HQ departments.
  • Consolidate Income Statement, Balance sheet and Cash flow statement for a complete portfolio.
  • Lead annual and 5 year capex plan cycle.
  • Lead forecasting exercise and maintain cash flow forecast.
  • Assist in Commercial decision making, feasibility and growth investment initiatives identified by the management.
  • Assist in the preparation of School and Group MIS reports .

Profit optimisation and performance lead

  • Manage budgetary controls function, help co-ordinate budgetary requirements across schools, functions and on ERP.
  • Lead internal analysis on existing operations performance and opportunities to maximize performance.
  • Develop and evolve greater analysis between schools to capture both financial and non financial metrics.
  • Ensure the financial reports provide appropriate analytical tools to establish goals and measure the performance of the Business Units..
  • Manage all the data sets for timely and accurate financial analysis ensuring robust planning and analysis.
  • Conduct market research and gather business intelligence to enable decision making.
  • Work on ad-hoc group reporting requirements.

Job Requirements of Manager Financial Planning & Analysis

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or finance.
  • Masters in Finance / Qualified accountant (CA/CPA) preferred.

Minimum Experience

  • Minimum 8+ years in finance, 4 years+ in managerial positions.
  • Education industry experience desirable.
  • Strong Financial modelling experience.
  • Growth and expansion experience desirable.
  • Advanced excel skills with proven financial modeling experience.
  • Excellent analytical capabilities and hands on experience in MS Office presentations.

Skills & Knowledge Desired Manager Financial Planning & Analysis

  • Strong knowledge of ERP.
  • Fluent English communication skills, written and oral.
  • Attention to detail with diligent follow up, and able to execute in a timely manner.
  • Ability to liaise effectively business functions in order to collect input required for analysis.
  • Ability to manage a team.
  • Deadline oriented and take ownership of work.
  • Capable of influencing people and talented in networking with cultural sensitivity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

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