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Corporate Finance Manager

Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
SAR 20,000
August 31, 2017

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Ahmed Jehaan Thahir, BSC (Hons)

Address :** */* ********** ****, Colombo 06 Sri Lanka

Telephone :+947********/+966*********


Career Objective

"To attain a senior managerial position within the realm of Accounting and Finance, in an environment that recognizes commitment, team work and performance, while providing considerable career advancement opportunities" Professional Summary

"A Dynamic, result oriented team player with a positive outlook and a capacity to lead; having 9+ years of full time working experience across industries in Oil palm plantations, edible oils/fats & food ingredient, Apparel & Textile Manufacturing, Retailing & Wholesale and banking, in both Saudi Arabia, India and Sri Lanka; experience in working with people from multicultural backgrounds".


Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK Professional qualification Part qualified - Due to finish in June 2017

London School of Economics & Political Science, University of London. Bsc. Accounting & Finance - 2nd Upper Class honors, completed Aug 2013

Perth Institute of Business & Technology

Diploma of Business - Completed Dec 2010

S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia - Sri Lanka

Advance Level Examinations (2007)



Budgetary Control & Variance Analysis

- Collating information across functions, analyzing and establishing baseline data for building a budget

- Preparing Budgeted Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash flow in Excel and Hyperion Financial Manager.

- Analyzing and reporting variances monthly for Direct and Overhead costs

Costing and Pricing

- Accreditation from Staples UK for product pricing

- Establishing product costs in a process costing environment

- Applying a dynamic cost plus pricing model in commodity business considering competition

MIS and Decision support

- Preparing an array of scorecards across functions of sales, sourcing, production and finance to assist decision making using MS Excel functionality

- Preparing monthly operational dashboard and KPI presentation to Senior Management Team

Financial Accounting & Reporting

- Assisting closing across AP, AR, GL and Inventory modules for Monthly Management Accounts

- Finalizing Monthly income statement and reporting results

- Writing monthly, quarterly reviews and Board Papers & assisting with Annual statutory audits Page 2 of 6

IT & Technical

MS Office – high level proficiency in MS Advance Excel, MS Power Point & MS Word.

Hyperion – high level competency in HFM, HPM & HSF modules

ERP – working knowledge on SAP, OBE, Tally & JDE. Professional Experience

Alamar Foods Pvt. Ltd. – Saudi Arabia

Alamar Foods is a subsidiary of AlJammaz Group of companies, a Saudi based company with headquarters in Riyadh. The Group has established itself as one of the leading companies in several fields as Food & Beverage, Retail, Technology, Contracting, Power & Electricity, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Hospitality, Real Estate, Investment, Fashion and Life Style. The Master Franchisee for Domino’s Pizza across the Middle East, North Africa

(MENA) and Pakistan since 1992 and Dunkin Donuts in Egypt. providing high standards of service, management, operational and supply-chain control, marketing support and franchise development, operating over 300 stores. Group Corporate Finance - Manager (10/2016 – to date) To support the Director of Corporate Finance, Planning and Analysis by providing investment/project appraisals for existing and prospective opportunities while being involved in the strategic planning process of the group. Key Responsibility Areas:

Prepare and provide, on timely manner, financial analysis reports that are used for management decision- making.

Act as a communication bridge between Finance Management and the business stakeholders.\

Professionally deal with senior stakeholders from different departments, including Operations, Marketing, Supply Chain

Identify opportunities for improved cost management and efficiency

Carry out solid segmental analysis and performance attribution analysis

Required to function on the business unit level including being assigned to specific cost areas such as profitability margin analysis, or labor cost analysis.

Carry out both financial and non-financial research in terms of the market.

Preparation of board papers and periodic performance reports to the Board of Directors Hoshan Pan Gulf Pvt. Ltd. – Saudi Arabia

A subsidiary of the Hoshanco Group and one of the larger wholesaler/retailers of stationery products in the region with a presence in both the Gulf and African regions accounting for over 5,000 staff globally. The Organization is head quartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with retail and wholesale outlets spread across the Gulf. HPG is the primary retailer and distributor for leading brands such as Mitsubishi, Staedtler and Atlas in the Arabian Peninsula. Page 3 of 6

Financial Planning & Analysis - Manager (10/2015 – 9/2016) To support and facilitate the decision making process for the senior management team by way of carrying out extensive investment/project appraisals for prospective business opportunities while providing inputs to the budgeting and strategic planning process of the group. Involvement in the product pricing strategy for HPG. Key Responsibility Areas:

Product Pricing - provide feasibility and pricing for new products to cater to varied segments of the business.

Detailed financial analysis of Hoshan Pan Gulf (HPG) periodic performance to support and facilitate the decision making process for the Senior Management.

Provide leadership to the budgeting team and facilitate the successful completion of the group budget. MAS Holdings Pvt. Ltd. – Sri Lanka

A $1.5 Billion conglomerate which has positioned itself as one of the worlds most recognized Design to Delivery Solution Providers in the realm of Apparel and Textile manufacturing. The organization is headquartered in Sri Lanka with 42 manufacturing facilities placed across 15 countries, with design locations placed in key style Centre’s across the globe and with over 70,000 people involved in its operation. Senior Financial Analyst (09/2014 – 09/2015)

To support the role of the General Manager of the Corporate Finance, Treasury and Strategic Planning unit in advising senior management on group strategy, carrying out investment/project appraisals, participating in the budgeting and strategic planning process and in managing the group’s cash resources, financial risk and liquidity, in addition to providing leadership to the strategy function. Key Responsibility Areas:

Provide leadership to and evaluate project proposals and capital investments submitted by business units

Provide leadership to and participate in the strategic planning process and the budgeting cycle for SBUs assigned from the Apparel & Textile divisions, performing activities in assisting the GM to maintain standards and ensure the process is carried out in a timely manner.

Carry out investment appraisals, feasibility studies, market research, country research etc. on products/partners so as to provide information for management decision making and for the information of the board on all investments, divestments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions.

Support in advising senior management on the Group structure so as to ensure suitable recommendations are made on any restructuring proposals or other such initiatives particularly in relation to tax.

Establish and maintain policies, procedures, systems and controls for the strategy related activities end- to-end.

Goodhope Asia Holdings Pvt Ltd - Singapore

(A Carsons Cumberbatch PLC Company)

Vertically integrated regional player in Palm oil plantation Industry & palm based Edible Oils/fats and food ingredient industry; with operations across Indonesia, Malaysia and India; and a group turnover in excess of US$ 700M per annum.

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Financial Analyst (04/2013 – 09/2014)

Based out of Hyderabad India, working for the Downstream Indian Business Operation of Good hope Asia Holdings Ltd.

Key Responsibility Areas:

Budgeting & Control

Collate all relevant information across departments and compile the budgeted Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash flow.

Review the achievement of the budget quarterly and prepare a projection in light of changes in the Business Plan.

Setting cost and consumption benchmarks for each plant/process and measuring against actual

Compare actual costs with budget numbers, understand cost variances for Direct Costs of each plant/process as well as Overheads; determine the reasons; and reporting them on a monthly basis to the Head of Operations.

Compare Budgeted Revenue and Margins, analyze variances into Product Mix variances, price variances and margin variances, and report findings to Head of Operations

Costing & Pricing

Completing a pre-order costing for each new sale contract to assess the viability of the business for sign off from Finance and Sales head.

Supporting New Product Development initiatives by costing new products being developed prior to commercial launch, comparing pricing against competition and providing feedback.

Publishing prices daily on a cost plus margin basis, making comparisons with competing products and analyzing reasons for differences.

Order Management & Commodity Price Exposures

Ensuring timely updating of the order processing system to compute Long/Short positions on inventory.

Keeping track of Outstanding Exposure on commodity prices deriving from outstanding contracts

Financial Accounting & Monthly Closing

Providing list of provision for entries for monthly expenses in closing AP and GL modules

Intercompany transaction reconciliation

Reconciliation of Production Cost between accounting system and plant records

Inventory Closing and Valuation - Depot wise inventory closing.

Reconciling sales between order processing system and Accounting system to confirm AR module

Confirming import bank charges and liaison with bank for any differences.

MIS and Decision Support

Providing MIS on Order status, outstanding contracts, dispatch status, Ageing of orders and measuring Commodity price exposures, to variety of stakeholders in the plant, corporate office and Senior Management Team

Publishing Scorecards on sales volumes, margins, debtor’s positions and production information to plant and corporate teams.

Preparing inputs for monthly financial reviews and Quarterly board papers on the India Business Performance

Asst. Business Analyst (11/2011 - 03/2013)

Team member involved in for the providing back office support for preparing and uploading of the budgets for 18 plantations in the Upstream Business Segment.

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Key Responsibility Areas:

Budget preparation and Budget cycle support

Preparation of Budget templates for the 18 Plantations

Internal User Interface –

Ensure completion of data entry on time

Training users for data entry, ensure control checks and balances in place Issue resolution and final report verification.

Coordinate and make sure that relevant Business Rules are executed to achieve the desired results.

Client support /Guidance during the Budgetary process mainly with regard to Inputs, processes and final output confirmation.

Process Improvement and process control

Undertake improvement and minimize steps involved in the budgeting process Eg- Automation of the mapping process between Hyperion, JDE & Oracle.

Make sure that budgeting process SLA's are in place for review and customer acceptance.

Ensure that changes to the processes are understood, applied and documented in the Process Manual. This to be updated on a regular basis and signed by Client on a Quarterly basis

Learning and Development

Cross functional Training with the operational team to have a better understanding of the business and its challenges.

Attend training sessions conducted by Learning and development and impart Train the Trainer knowledge to the team.

Managing a Team of Data Entry Operators (05 members)

Familiarize the Operators with the Organizations Core Business and the Hyperion System

Provide Templates and Desk instructions (DI) to the team for Data entry, uploading Data and Input revisions.

Monitor and Guide the Operators towards achieving the specific deliverables as per the laid down SLAs.

Management Trainee (05/2010 - 11/2011)

Completed a spell across key business functions in Finance, Corporate Planning, Business Solutions and Human Resources Management, as a part of an 18 month Management Trainee Programme; reporting into the functional head, and completing a presentation for the CEO.

Key assignments undertaken


Budgets, Year-end closing and statutory audit, Annual Reports and quarterly Board Papers. Completed a Palm Oil and Fertilizer price forecasting project using technical analysis.

Corporate Planning

New Project feasibility studies, SWOT & PEST Analysis for new business ventures in Oil palm plantations in Indonesia, Africa and Asia.

Business Solutions

Hyperion Financial Module, Oracle R12 budgeting and accounting tools.

Human Resources Management

Part of team involved in setting up a Training Centre in Indonesia Page 6 of 6

Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)- Sri Lanka Internship Programme (Oct/2008 – Mar/2010)

Gathered experience in HRD function involving

Compensation & Benefits – Career banding exercise

HR Operations


Performance Management

Extracurricular Activities

Represented and Captained (2007/08 Season) the 1st Xl Cricket Team of S.Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia

Represented S.Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia in Swimming, Water Polo, Rugby & Squash

Appointed a “Prefect” at the Lower, Middle & Senior School levels.

Played 02 seasons of County Cricket (Div 02) in the United Kingdom – 2006/2009 Skills and EQ

Good team player and motivating colleagues

Ability to handle challenges confidently and Lead from the front

Strong Analytical and writing skills

Good communication skills & interpersonal relationships

Willingness to learn and grow


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