Senior Data Analyst - Internal Audit Department

Chalhoub Group

Dubai, UAE

Posted on: 7 May 2024

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Employment: Full Time


For over six decades, Chalhoub Group has been a partner and creator of luxury experiences in the Middle East. The Group, in its endeavour to excel as a hybrid retailer, has reinforced its distribution and marketing services with a portfolio of eight owned brands and over 300 international brands in the luxury, beauty, fashion, and art de vivre categories. More recently, the Group expanded its expertise into new categories of luxury watches, jewellery, and eyewear.

Every step at Chalhoub Group is taken with the customer at heart. Be it constantly reinventing itself or focusing on innovation to provide luxury experiences at over 750+ experiential retail stores, online and through mobile apps, each touch point leads to delighting the customer.

Today, Chalhoub Group stands for 14,000 skilled and talented professionals across seven countries, whose cohesive efforts have resulted in the Group being ranked third in the Middle East and first in Saudi Arabia as a Great Place to Work®.

To keep the innovation journey going, the Group has set up "The Greenhouse", which is not just an innovation hub, but also an incubator space and accelerator for start-ups and small businesses in the region and internationally. This is just one of the several initiatives taken by the Group to reinvent itself, catalysed by forward thinking and future-proofing. The Group has also been embedding sustainability at the core of its business strategy with a clear commitment towards people, partners and the planet, and by being a member of the United Nations Global Compact Community and signatory of the Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Role

The Senior Data Analyst is responsible for building the continuous monitoring and exception reporting capabilities of the internal audit function as well as working with the relevant internal audit team members to define and generate the best-needed analytics for the planned audits.

What you'll be doing

Data Analytics for Internal Audit:

- Support the Internal Audit team in analytical report design and extraction for all planned and ad-hoc engagements as needed (including script building).
- Identify and acquire the necessary data from relevant systems to develop the needed data analytics.
- Work with Internal Audit team members, second lines of defence and IT, to outline data requirements, and obtain the necessary access to acquire data.
- Support data requests from the Internal Audit team. Activities may include extracting and downloading data, organizing the data, data scrubbing and performing analyses including thorough documentation of the steps performed.
- Design test scripts to generate analytical reports in line with the audit team's requirements, and present results effectively to support both the audit team and management in interpreting results.
- Apply professional scepticism when assessing data sources and validate the completeness and accuracy of the received data.
- Perform ad-hoc analytics requests as required for special reviews and investigations.

Data analytics capability building:

- Conduct a current state assessment of available data analytics capabilities across the organization and develop a plan to establish synergies with the first and second lines of defence for exception and continuous monitoring reports.
- Identify gaps and opportunities for the Internal Audit department to strengthen the data analytics capability, which may include implementation of a data analytics tool, integration with visualisation tools etc.
- Champion the data analytics tool and continuously improve the tool's effectiveness and usability.
- Identify ways to optimize the data analytics tool and data extraction methods to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the audit team.
- Periodically train the audit team and business users on the DA tool, where needed.
- Work closely with the Internal Audit team and key management stakeholders in understanding the operating environment across the group and define key exception reports and continuous monitoring methods to ensure real-time reporting.
- Work closely with first and second lines of defence in the business to ensure that exception and continuous monitoring reports are aligned and establish a combined assurance process.


What you'll need to succeed:

- You possess 3 to 5 years of experience in the design and application of advanced data analytics techniques, including 3 or more years of experience working with internal audit teams.
- You have experience working with data analytics tools for audits (e.g. Arbutus analyser, IDEA, ACL).
- You are familiar with data visualization tools (ie.g Tableau, Power BI).
- You preferably have prior financial, and operational audit experience.
- You have a strong knowledge of internal controls.
- You possess a collaborative mindset, with the ability to work jointly with the Audit team and across the business.

What we can offer you

With us, you will turn your aspirations into reality. We will help shape your journey through enriching experiences, learning and development opportunities and exposure to different assignments within your role or through internal mobility. Our Group offers diverse career paths for those who are extraordinary, every day.

We recognise the value that you bring, and we strive to provide a competitive benefits package which includes health care, child education contribution, remote and flexible working policies as well as exclusive employee discounts.


The Chalhoub Group is the leading partner for luxury across the Middle East since 1955. As an expert in retail, distribution and marketing services based in Dubai, the group has become a major player in the fashion, beauty and gift sectors regionally.

By blending its Middle East expertise and intimate knowledge of luxury, Chalhoub Group is building brands in the region, by offering service excellence to all its partners and a unique experience to its customers through its passionate teams.

With a growing workforce of more than 9,000 people, implemented in 14 countries, as well as the operating of over 470 retail outlets, the group's success is attributed to its most valued asset of highly skilled and dedicated teams. Professionalism and passion are what fuel the Chalhoub Group's competitive edge in today's market.

By being committed to implementing sustainable practices into their business, the Chalhoub Group has been awarded in 2013 the CSR Label from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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