Business Controller – Middle East

  • Full Time
  • Dubai
  • Posted 2 months ago

Informa Connect

Job Description

The key purpose of the business controller role is twofold (1) to provide business partner support to the managing director / leadership team of the business and (2) to provide timely, accurate and insightful financial information through to the divisional CFO / divisional finance team. The role is considered a commercial finance role. As well as being financially astute its essential that the Business Controller collaborates with multiple stakeholders: ranging from business leaders, through to auditors, through to O2C, P2P and R2R process owners. A successful Business Controller will build confidence and rapport with the all the stakeholders that need to be engaged with across the entire Informa Group.


  • Preparation of monthly financial statements and distribution of accurate and reliable financial reports
  • Lead on ensuring accuracy across financial forecasting
  • Lead in the preparation of the forward-looking budget / business planning submissions
  • Support with the day-to-day financial support to the business managers, such as, but not limited to, financial modelling and analysis, costs analysis, financial presentations (as and when required)
  • Share best practices across the company, functions, and locations
  • Contribution of financial information and statistics for group / external / statutory reporting purposes
  • Ensure that Balance Sheet integrity and review is implicit to all period closes.
  • Maintain a focus on cash management / optimisation. Including being an advocate of best practice working capital management.
  • Participate in strategy meetings with management to understand the direction setting of the company.
  • Participate in target setting and ensure that both short- and long-term strategic priorities are met
  • Arrange and facilitate workshops with functional leaders to create action plans on how to succeed with the strategy
  • Performance management of agreed-upon actions to ensure that each action can be measured on a concrete outcome be it growth, savings etc.
  • Communicate performance throughout the organization to ensure one set of numbers rather than each function and management team making their own assumptions
  • Review periodic commission and bonus submissions
  • Prepare monthly KPI reports
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulatory changes and accounting standards.
  • Oversee tax planning and compliance with Group Tax / SSC.


  • Experience in a commercially focussed role in a busy finance department
  • Ability to deliver under pressure and as per strict deadlines
  • Computer literacy and a very good knowledge of Microsoft Excel (knowledge of formatting, formulas, looks ups and Pivot tables are the minimum requirements)
  • The role involves day to day interaction with commercial and finance management, therefore good communication skills and ability to communicate various levels are a big advantage
  • Working knowledge of SAP and TM1 would be highly desirable but not essential

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