2018-19RS055 - Chief Operating Officer

The UAE Company is a leading F&B entity operating across the Middle East and beyond thru a network of franchisees. The Company’s head office is in Dubai, UAE, The Chief Operating Officer will report to the group CEO based in Dubai.

Key Responsibilities:

As a key member of the executive management team, the Chief Operating Officer will assume a strategic role in the overall management of the company. The COO will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all operational and financial-related activities of the company.

  1. Strategy and leadership
    • Provide leadership, direction and management to the operational team ( executive chefs , finance manager and retail team) establishing and developing relations with senior management and stakeholders
    • Provide strategic recommendations to the CEO by advising on business planning, development and opportunities for improvement
    • Develop the company Middle East ’s organizational and operational objectives in line with budget
    • Providing studies on economic trends, revenue opportunities; expansion prospects and effectively communicate potential risks in a timely manner
       
  2. Execution
    • Execute the overall strategy of the company, and assist the CEO in identifying investment opportunities
    • Preparation of monthly, annual and 5-year plans and propose action plans to ensure that annual objectives are attained
    • Manage, Assist in the development and negotiation of franchise agreement and all legal related aspects
    • Provide an operating budget to ensure success through analysis and compliance with all contractual requirements, regulatory requirements, and financial covenants
       
  3. Monitoring and Reporting
    • Develop, prepare and present financial data and reporting as per company policies along with the finance manager
    • Monitors financial performance by measuring and analysing results; initiating corrective actions minimizing the impact of variances.
    • Reports financial status and KPI’s by developing forecasts; reporting results; analysing variances; developing improvements.
    • Preparation of financial statements under IFRS and Coordinate and produce all tax documentation as required
       
  4. Treasury
    • Monitor banking activities of the organization and manage banking relationships together with CEO
    • Manage treasury and Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organization's needs
       
  5. Processes and IT
    • Contribute to general improvement of internal control environment through periodic review of governance, reporting, finance, IT/ERP, HR and accounting processes.
    • Conduct the digitalization of our operational processes
       

The Person

This position requires an intelligent, assertive, energetic, hands-on and results-driven leader. The successful candidate possesses strong management, communication and leadership skills. 

Key Skills and Experience

  • 6+ years of work experience, including as COO Director
  • Good network and connection  within the hospitality industry
  • Extensive knowledge in F&B projects ( design stage to openings)
  • Full awareness on the food digital social media and ability to adapt the same to the brand
  • Knowledge or experience in Catering and banqueting is a plus 
  • Be highly proactive in assessing what the needs of the company are and taking initiatives to improve the business across all functional areas.
  • Capable of crisply presenting business information to the executive team and the board of directors
  • High personal integrity
  • Experience ERP and financial IT systems
  • Experience with legal matters relating to management of franchisee cross-border
  • Work experience in F&B, and Retail
  • Work experience in the GCC
  • Master degree from a highly reputable institution
  • Arabic, French and English speaking

Interested candidates, please apply online. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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