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VAC3470 - Finance Manager

Division Finance
Location London, U.K.
Closing Date 14-Feb-2014
About The Business

DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents(1), including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America and the Middle East.

Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2012, DP World handled more than 56 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units). With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, capacity is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

DP World has a dedicated, experienced and professional team of 28,000 people serving its customers around the world, and the company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.

In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 19 consecutive years.


(1) As of August 2013

Europe and Russia Region

DP World operates marine terminals within the Europe and Russia Region; Tarragona, Antwerp, Germersheim, Southampton, Fos, Constanta and Le Havre. In addition to development projects at London Gateway, Rotterdam and Yarimca, there is an Intermodal division based in Antwerp.

The headquarters for the Europe and Russia Region is based at Palace Street in London. This office is where the SVP and Managing Director for the Region sits alongside regional departments including finance, business development, commercial, HR, IT and legal. We also have several global departments based in London including internal audit, insurance and heritage. 

About The Role

Reporting to the Finance Director for the Europe and Russia Region, the main purpose of this role is to take a leading role within the EUR region for monitoring compliance with DP World financial policies and procedures and ensuring Business Units produce their monthly financial results accurately and on time whilst applying analytical and critical rigour.

The incumbent will control monthly management reporting produced by Business Unit finance managers and prepare and analyse accounting statements and reports to ensure accurate budgeting, forecasting and reporting of the company’s financial situation. They will develop Business Plans to assess and enhance business performance while ensuring compliance as mandated by Dubai Head Office. This role will also work closely with the Finance Director to deal with ad hoc financial issues that arise within the EUR region as and when required, liaising with senior management within each business unit directly as appropriate, to include critical assessment of Business Unit expenditure requests, financing and refinancing opportunities, assistance and follow up with Internal Audit assignments, etc.


Key accountabilities will include:

  • Manage monthly management reporting output produced by Business Unit Finance Managers and FDs;
  • Ensure accounting activities comply with companies policies and legal, professional standards;
  • Prepare detailed analytical review of current month results versus budget or reforecast and provide justification for variances.
  • Lead role in coordination and preparation of the annual budget and quarterly forecast process by interacting with the Business Unit Finance Directors and GMs and Regional Management. Managing timetable that Business Units work to.
  • Key role in the preparation of reports (including Monthly Terminal Reviews) to SVP & MD and Finance Director of EUR on business performance making recommendations and escalating issues for senior management action as deemed appropriate;
  • Monitoring and challenging spend on capital expenditure projects in the region, utilising EUR resources as required e.g. Engineering, IT, Commercial. Able to make recommendations for action by Senior Managers;
  • Contribute to the continuous business improvement process and to the meeting of business objectives;
  • Provide on-going support for ad-hoc Senior Management financial reporting and financial analysis requirements;
  • Take an integral role in the set-up of the accounting systems and processes in new business locations, working with IT department as a key finance business partner;
  • Key role in monitoring and following up on reports prepared by the Internal Audit department
  • Manage the RO financial accounting, reporting and monitoring systems.  Produce accurate financial reports to specific deadlines.
  • Develop financial management mechanisms that minimise financial risks
  • Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities
  • At least 3-5 years post qualification experience;
  • Demonstrable experience of providing credible financial analysis, recommendations and actions with the ability to influence senior managers external to the incumbents own part of the business;
  • Experience in working in a Head Office environment with multiple business units highly desirable;
  • Experience in working in a multi-national business environment desirable;
  • Experience of working in Ports industry desirable.
Skills and Qualifications
  • Educated to degree level in a financial discipline;
  • Qualified Accountant with at least 3-5 years PQE;
  • Fluent in English, fluency in another European language highly desirable particularly French;
  • High standard of communication and interpersonal skills, enabling communication at all levels within the business;
  • Knowledge of IFRS accounting procedures and management accounting within a large Head Office environment;
  • Ability to produce high quality presentations and reports for board-level presentation;
  • Ability to produce detailed financial projections that can be used to support internal analysis and negotiations with providers of external finance;
  • High level of analytical approach and problem solving, able to make recommendations based on analysis;
  • Willingness to travel within the Region for short periods of time;
  • High achiever with ability to work within a team environment and deliver accurate analysis, within tight deadlines;
Other Information

We are committed to the development of our people and aim to retain talent by investing in ongoing training to improve performance and provide career development opportunities. In addition, we offer competitive base salaries in comparison to the markets in which we operate.

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