Head of Financial Operations – Etihad Airways – Uae

Head of Financial Operations

Etihad Airways is an award winning, global aviation group and the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. Our goal is to be a truly 21st century global airline, challenging and changing the established conventions of airline hospitality.

We are pleased to announce an incredibly exciting opportunity to join the Financial Reporting function at Senior Management level. As Head of Financial Operations, you will add immediate value by leading the functional areas by developing, implementing and monitoring departmental policies, procedures, and performance vs governed processes as part of a coordinated strategy to ensure accuracy of financial activities

This role will unlock opportunities for you, enabling you to further develop your expertise within a progressive culture where a huge emphasis is placed on investing in the best talent.


Define and cascade the Function’s strategy to ensure alignment with Company strategy and that of Group Finance
Policies and procedures
Define and cascade policies, processes and procedures to ensure all relevant procedural/ regulatory/legislative requirements are fulfilled
Budget Management
Develop and cascade Function/Department budget, and monitor financial performance versus the budget to ensure alignment, ensuring that all transformation targets are reported and tracked in WAVE.
People Development
Manage the effective achievement of objectives by setting individual targets, developing and motivating staff in order to maximize performance and creating a culture of talent planning across a large finance team of excellence
Safety, Quality & Environment
Comply with all relevant safety, security, quality, health and environmental procedures to ensure a healthy and safe work environment


Hold ultimate responsibility on all financial operations activities to ensure they are reported accurately and on a timely manner following company policies and accounting principles
Work closely with key stakeholders to provide advice on area of expertise to improve the efficiency and the effectiveness of the operation
Drive initiatives to achieve quality and compliance in management of information under financial and payroll reporting
Participate in all relevant external meetings and conferences to represent the company and provide expertise
Lead and develop executive management level reporting to provide a clear representation of the risk and measures of the broader finance operations divisions performance.
Manage stakeholder relationships within the Group and co-ordinate engagement by the relevant finance and/or business units to define and implement synergy opportunities
Implement and lead the implementation of process improvements across the various functional work streams (AP, AR, DOC accounting, Data Management reconciliations etc)
Manage and lead the relationship with our
Define the Team structure in partnership with HR and coach, counsel and motivate the team managers and broader team to achieve the set objectives of the department, both in terms of deliverables, development and cost containment


Minimum Bachelor Degree or a diploma (3 years) or anything above ,Chartered Accountant or equivalent professional qualification is highly desirable
Experience of leading and managing a large diverse finance function is essential
A detailed knowledge of SAP is highly desirable
Experience of leading on and offshore resources is essential
Minimum of 10 years experience in accounting or financial operations functions in a multinational company of which 5 years in a managerial role


Costing & Budgeting Skills – Excellent
Leadership – Excellent
Numerical Skills – Excellent
People Development Skills – Excellent
Presentation Skills – Excellent

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising five business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Airport Services, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in six airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia.

From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. In 2013, it placed firm orders for 204 aircraft, which included 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. For more information, please visit: etihad.com

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