Head of Business Applications – Enterprise Information Management | Group Digital | Dubai

Job title: Head of Business Applications – Enterprise Information Management | Group Digital | Dubai

Company: Al-Futtaim

Job description: About the Role

We are currently looking for Head of Data Engineering and Operations to act as a trusted strategic advisor to the Chief Data Officer and Management team on all Data Engineering related matters for Al Futtaim. To ensure a keen understanding of the business so as to devise and implement the data platform of Al Futtaim.

About the Responsibilities

Divisional and Group Data Strategy

Contribute to the development of the Group Data Strategy that supports the expansion, development, growth and performance of the AFG EIT.

In liaison with the Business/Functional Heads, MDs and vertical IT Director help in implementing the Group Data strategy aligned to business strategic priorities and Architecture Principles.

Manage the prioritisation and implementation of the Data Strategy.

Support the implementation of group Transformation initiative

Demand Management and Business Optimisation

Assist business to identify opportunities (opportunity analysis, operating model maturity analysis, audit reports, internal/external innovation, etc.) to improve/grow/expand their businesses and the maturity of operating models. Prioritise and validate opportunities against Divisional Data Strategy. Implement and track benefit delivery in collaboration with EIT and the Business.

System Management & Development Installation and Deployment

Lead and integrate delivery of application & infrastructure teams to deliver solutions, maintain systems and provide system support against agreed service levels in line with the Enterprise Target Architecture (ETA). Lead a portfolio of multiple projects, managing resourcing, time-lines, budgets, and quality of deliverables in conjunction with EIT

Protect Al-Futtaim Group’s data and information assets by minimizing business service disruptions without putting the Group at unacceptable level of security risk.

Maintain Information security awareness within unit/country

Leadership & Team Management

Build a lean, skilled and fully engaged team. Develop team in line with target competencies and build bench strength in team. Promote and fast-track your talent within Al-Futtaim. Prepare and manage budgets based on annual strategy review and planning cycle. Establish and manage relationships with key vendors. Build industry relationships to stay abreast with latest developments, innovation and [Vertical] business direction


Ensure governance structures are established to manage IT Projects and to manage demand at Executive Level. Ensure compliance with IT Policies, Security Standards and strengthen internal controls. Identify and manage key risks in [Vertical] business

About the Requirements

Education: University degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related discipline. Business management degrees desirable (MBA/MS)

Minimum Experience and Knowledge:

10+ years’ experience in Data Engineering and support environment in SAP and Azure Data Platform

3+ years of experience in at least 2 business domains like Retail, Automotive, Finance, Real Estate, Group services (HR, Marketing, Finance etc)

A minimum of 5 years in a professional senior technical role such as technical lead, team lead, architect, or other hands on leadership role ideally for a major organization, consultancy or system integrator.

5 years of Vendor management from a Product and System integrator perspective

Technology Skills (required) – SAP BI/HANA, Data engineering on Azure, Knowledge of SAP ERP

Expected salary:

Location: United Arab Emirates

Job date: Thu, 09 Dec 2021 08:21:02 GMT

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