Strategic Projects Leader - Leading Retail Giant

Populus Global

Dubai, UAE

Ref: SP456-04

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Position in the Strategic Projects team

Client - one of the largest retail conglomerates across the Middle East, Africa and the Indian Subcontinent with a diverse portfolio of retail and hospitality brands:

• Manage & Deliver complex transformation projects
• Work with the senior management to identify business initiatives of strategic importance and operational improvement that need to be pursued across the Group or any of its specific businesses.
• Provide consulting & programme management expertise to drive Operating Model Development & Implementation, Benefits Case Development, Business Change etc. including stakeholder engagement planning, communications & organizational change
• Work with the CSO on strategic business transformation projects or independently manage critical modules within a larger project
• Gather, compile, analyze, and present fact-based insights to address specific business problems / challenges Stakeholder Management
• Work with CXOs/Senior Executives of business units on business transformation projects of strategic importance that are focused on closing performance gaps or improving overall business performance
• Use analytical skills to solve business and operations problems
• Ability to think strategically and formulate strategic plans to drive cross-business / cross-departmental initiatives
• Define performance improvement programs and drive change to maintain competitiveness as per the expectations of C suite stakeholders
• Independently design and develop senior management presentations or own specific sections within a larger presentation
• Provide consulting and program management expertise for strategic initiatives critical to business success Market Study
• Proactively scan the business environment and keep a track of emerging trends, highlighting strategic insights that could impact businesses
• Work with senior management on identifying / assessing strategic growth opportunities across new markets or new business verticals Team Building & Management
• Build Internal Team to deliver complex change, working efficiently with other L Brands & external parties
• Get work done on strategic initiatives through cooperation with the business units / corporate office teams



• 10-15 years of programme management experience preferably in retail industry
• Management Consulting Experience in premier consulting firms
• Proven experience in business transformation & change management projects will be preferred
• Experience in the GCC region will be preferred
• Experience of Delivering Change in retail
• Working in complex & ambiguous environment
• Strong Drive & commitment to deliver tangible results
• Self-starter, willing to work with minimal supervision & guidance in a high-pressure environment
• Ability to work with & manage CXO level stakeholders on corporate projects, especially in a high growth environment
• Exceptional analytical skills to understand key drivers of business & provide valuable insights

About the Company

As one of the most respected providers of human resources solutions in India, MENA and Singapore, Populus has a proven track record of unleashing potential in people and companies. Founded in 2004, Populus has served the manpower hiring and structuring challenges of some of the largest organisations in the geographies we operate in. We are constantly looking to go beyond those boundaries too.

Our objectives are simple. We help drive our clients’ retention and continued productivity. This, in turn, drives profitability. We do this by partnering with our clients to assess their organisation and their people, source the right talent, develop their workforce and soon will help manage their workforce.

Populus Facts:

  • Over 100 man-years of people sourcing
  • A very strong and well-trained team
  • Large geographical coverage
  • Experience across myriad domains and industries
  • Helped several business and SBU start-ups
  • Solid client relationships and market awareness
  • Customer base lists several global leaders

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