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Finance Director – S&D | Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Consumer Goods

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As part of the Executive Leadership Team, the Director of Finance will oversee the financial management of the Sales and Distribution (S&D) business in a leading consumer goods organization. This role involves driving margin and profit enhancement, leading the annual budget and strategic 5-year plan, monitoring EBITA targets, and taking corrective actions based on commercial insights. The Director of Finance will play a key role in trade, category, and channel management.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Budgeting:

  • Lead the development of the annual budget and the strategic 5-year plan for the S&D business.
  • Collaborate with business leaders to ensure alignment with corporate objectives and strategic goals.
  • Provide financial analysis and scenario-based planning to support strategic decision-making and adaptability.

Margin and Profit Enhancement:

  • Drive initiatives to enhance margins and profits across the S&D business.
  • Monitor key financial metrics, including EBITA targets, and implement corrective actions as needed.
  • Analyze and optimize discounting strategies, channel mix, and pricing to maximize profitability.

Commercial Insights and Performance Monitoring:

  • Track and report on commercial insights, including sales performance, trade spend, and promotional effectiveness.
  • Provide actionable recommendations to improve financial performance and support business growth.
  • Partner with trade, category, and channel managers to develop and implement strategies that drive sales and profitability.

Risk Management and Compliance:

  • Identify and mitigate financial risks associated with the S&D business.
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policies, accounting standards, and regulatory requirements.
  • Lead internal and statutory audits, ensuring timely resolution of any issues.

Operational Excellence:

  • Implement and maintain robust financial management information systems and processes.
  • Introduce and monitor financial discipline, including inventory and credit control, within the S&D business.
  • Manage working capital efficiently, ensuring timely payments to vendors, suppliers, and employees.

Reporting and Analytics:

  • Provide regular reports to senior management on financial performance, including budget vs. actual analysis.
  • Use analytics to assess financial health and drive continuous improvement.
  • Support performance management efforts to enhance shareholder value and mitigate risks.

Corporate Governance and Financial Controls:

  • Ensure robust internal controls and adherence to corporate governance standards.
  • Monitor procurement strategies, capital expenditures, and fund releases in alignment with budgets.
  • Support corporate treasury in managing FX risk through effective hedging policies.


  • CA /CPA, MBA Finance
  • 18+ years in finance leadership roles within consumer goods. Experience in multi products and multi geography experience is a must have.
  • Strong strategic planning and budgeting capabilities
  • Excellent analytical and financial acumen
  • Proficient in margin and profit enhancement strategies
  • Effective communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to drive operational excellence and continuous improvement.

Managing expectations: “At Mindfield, we strive for exceptional results, and we achieve this by understanding the needs of both our clients and candidates. We ask that you take note of our “must-haves” to ensure a successful application process. We look forward to building a long-term relationship with you. Mindfield – making a difference.”

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