Head of Financial Systems

Michael Page


Ref: HP350-6302

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Our client is a government firm within the B2B market, operating in Abu Dhabi. They are seeking to expand their leadership and are looking for a Head of Financial Systems based in Abu Dhabi.

Client Details

About the client/role:

The organisation is based in Abu Dhabi and delivers to the consumer market, within the B2B sector. They are seeking to hire a Head of Financial Systems to lead their team.

The role requires hands on experience in automation and implementation of systems and processes. The Head of Financial Systems will be responsible for gathering and analysing the business process requirements of the firm's finance team and configuring the ERP system to efficiently meet those requirements.


Essential responsibilities

* Mitigate legacy risks and exposures in the current Finance system and application support.
* Manage and improve the finance system, whilst transformation project is underway. Ensuring optimal scooping of projects, allocation of work and timely delivery of robust systems.
* Ownership of all post-transformation finance systems, processes, and applications.
* Modernize the financial systems and infrastructure to ensure that it is fit for purpose both now and when taking account of strategic growth and diversification plans.
* Ensure the finance systems and infrastructure enable and empower the finance function to complete all deliverables with a high-level of accuracy, insight, and efficiency, with a focus on eliminating manual work at every opportunity.
* Lead, optimize, and successfully deliver future integration/migration of businesses acquired into the company's financial systems and infrastructure.
* Develop, manage, and transform the finance systems team to deliver the highest quality support to the finance community and all business.
* Proactively look for opportunities to make incremental enhancements and improvements to current and future finance systems, reporting and data analytics capabilities.
* Drive increased efficiency and productivity across finance via overhauling and modernization of systems and processes.
* Support the commercial and operational decisions of the business, by enhancing the analysis, insight, and financial reporting capabilities of the finance team.
* Drive the continuous improvement of the group's financial systems and analytics capabilities, to make them better, simpler, and more user friendly.
* Finance business lead across all finance systems related projects.

Job Offer

Skills and Attributes:

* Commercially astute with a high level of analytical skills and focused on adding value
* Great at building strong, effective working relationships, and stakeholder management.
* Ability to get both the big picture and the detail
* Strong technical skills and knowledge.
* Robust, with high levels of personal resilience and capable of working in a demanding, fast-paced, and dynamic environment.
* Strong written and verbal communication skills
* Great at interaction at all levels, internally and externally
* Great people leadership and management skills
* Willing to see and do things differently and able to drive change
* Positive, pro-active, and hard-working

What's on offer?

The successful candidate for this role will be offered a monthly competitive salary. This is an exciting opportunity for a Head of Financial Systems to further progress their career with a growing government company.



* Qualified Accountant, with proven track record of career progression in a large, dynamic organisation
* At least 8 to 10 years of experience working in a relevant finance role
* Experience with system integration, improvement, and modernization
* Highly competent in writing coding languages such as SQL, VBA, and Macros.
* Extensive experience with analytics tools such as Tableau, Qlikview or Power BI.
* Display experience in interpreting, structuring, and optimising large commercial data sets (both finance and non-financial) to ensure the business can take advantage of enhancing insight.
* Have managed staff.
* Have developed business partnering relationships at a senior level within an organisation.
* Driving change, improvement, and challenge through an organisation or department.

About the Company

Michael Page is one of the world's leading professional recruitment consultancies, specializing in the placement of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim positions with clients around the world.

The Group has operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the Middle East we focus on the areas of:

Finance & Accounting Banking & Financial Services Procurement Property & Construction Engineering & Supply Chain Oil & Gas Technical and Engineering Human Resources Sales Marketing Technology Secretarial Executive Search Legal

The Group operates through 161 offices in 33 countries and employs over 5,000 employees worldwide.

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