Leon Dias

Leon Dias

Assistant Director Of Finance & Business Support at Raffles Dubai
Lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
over 6 months ago

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Experience

  • Assistant Director Of Finance & Business Support

    Raffles Dubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    March 2011 - Now

     Preparation of financial reports such as income statements and balance sheets, financial analysis, financial statements, month-end closing process, Verify and approve monthly journal entries, general ledger reconciliations, preparation of inter-company reconciliations, construct forecasts & budgets, manage cash flow, internal reports, monthly financial packs, preparation of statutory financial statements and Profit & Loss Monthly Reports  Prepare and analyze all financial management reports of the hotel operations, integrate local/corporate policies and procedures; and assume responsibility for the management of Accounting, Purchasing and IT departments.  Attend daily revenue meeting to review STAR Reports and provide feedback when required.  Ensure organizational accounting compliance is in accordance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and that local or corporate policies and procedures are implemented  Train key department personnel on reading P&L statements, forecasting methods & managing their expenses on a daily basis.  Review monthly variance reports vs. budget & Forecast using theoretical flow through model.  Establish and implement short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies and operating procedures.  Direct financial audits and provide recommendations for procedural improvements  Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate department colleagues.  Liaison and coordination with the Owning Company, Banks and External Suppliers

  • Chief Accountant

    Raffles Dubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    September 2010 - March 2011

     Assist Director of Finance in administration of all financial reports such as forecasting, budgeting, internal control and account analysis in line with corporate policies and procedures  Supervise accounting reconciliations, analysis, and procedures especially during month-end closing to ensure effective and efficient financial operation  Prepare financial statements, accruals, journal entries and maintain reconciliations for balance sheet accounts establishing corporate formats and in accordance with the general accounting principles.  Supervise the daily activities of all accounting staff and ensures timely submission of related accounting reports in compliance to the policies and procedures manual.  Verify the accuracy, timeliness of all night audit transactions and monitor adherence of the established procedures; and ensures prompt payment on municipality fees and reporting

  • Senior Accountant

    Raffles Dubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    March 2009 - August 2010

     Supervise General Cashiering, Accounts Payables/Receivables, Payroll, Cost Control and Income Auditing.  Accurately reconcile and monitor all balance sheet accounting within the set time frame according to the policies and procedures of the company  Responsible for Month-End Journals and Closing Entries within deadlines and schedules  Prepares monthly differed income and SPA memberships; and monitors all Front Office rebates  Checks Daily Bank Statements for any discrepancies and prepares Daily Bank Journals  Verify Payroll, General Cashier’s Daily Report, Cash Deposits, Cash Clearing Accounts and summarize bank deposit slips to ensure accuracy of the amount banked and avoid discrepancies

  • Income Auditor

    Raffles Dubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    October 2008 - March 2009

     Verify, monitor, and review all Hotel Revenue Reports and Night Audit reports  Prepares Daily Flash Report and Daily Revenue reports accurately within the set time frame and distribute to various departments  Ensures that Daily Revenues and settlements are in balance; and settlement information is in line with the Journal Entry format with complete proper back office chart account numbers and descriptions  Verify the balance sheets on all interface postings, revenue centers (as reported on Daily Income Journal Report), negative postings, rate variances, F & B discount reports, and travel agents commission invoice in Opera system.  Review Housekeeping Discrepancy Reports, rebates, paid-outs, miscellaneous charges, F&B voids, No-Show Reports and Foreign Currency Rate changes are in balance to the PMS  Ensure Credit Card transactions are recorded accurately, payments are allocated using corporate reconciliation template and discrepancies on credit cards are reconciled in a timely manner  Responsible in ensuring that all miscellaneous, allowances, paid-outs, house charges are approved and complete with explanations  Promptly handles guest issues, disputes, enquiries of credit card postings, back charges, and make appropriate corrections required after obtaining approval from Finance Director.  Monitor banquet revenue postings, complimentary, entertainment checks, sale & utilization of gift certificates are properly accounted for and administered correctly

  • Credit Supervisor

    Raffles Dubai - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    February 2008 - October 2008

    Daily reconciliation of credit cards.  Open credit facilities for approved credit applications.  Responsible for the collection of payments with the company and travel agents commission.  Monitor DSO (Days Sales Outstanding) and report back to DOF in case days exceed 60.

  • Night Auditor

    Crowne Plaza - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    June 2005 - January 2008

    Arranging all guest folios according to the payment method  Checking if all revenue adjustments and miscellaneous transactions to ensure if all supporting documents are attached.  Balance misc income with the PMS system and allocate to the relevant GL codes.  Reconcile outlet revenue with the POS report.  Check for late checkout rooms without room charge & prepare the special rate report for rooms division.  Reconcile credit cards with the POS, PMS reports and notify the credit manager of any discrepancies.  Check for direct bill folios.  Close the business date in Opera.  Prepare the Income Journal for the income auditor.  Reconciliation of Comp/A&G & A&P checks and handover to cost control.

  • Senior Receptionist

    Crowne Plaza - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Front Office reception
    April 2002 - June 2005

Education

  • Certificate in Revenue Management

    Cornell University - School of Hotel Administration - Ithaca, NY, United States

    November 2012 - December 2012

    Certificate in Hotel Revenue Management – Cornell University (27 November 2012) Through E-Cornell

  • Diploma in International Airline Ticketing, Reservations

    International Airline Ticketing Academy – Colombo, Sri Lanka. - Colombo, Sri Lanka

    January 1998 - March 1998

Languages

  • Sinhala
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • English
    Full professional
    80%

Skills

  • ACCPAC Insight
  • Hyperion
  • Micros POS
  • Opera PMS
  • Oracle Financials
  • Sun System

Other

  • ACHIEVEMENTS

    An instrumental success leading the team during the most complex audit performed by our Corporate Auditors from Canada, achieving the highest audit ratings in FRHI- (Outstanding) in March 2015

    Under my supervision, we were able to achieve the highest colleague satisfaction score (100%) in October 2015.

    Served as an Interim Director of Finance in Raffles Dubai for a full 2016 budget cycle while preparing the monthly Hotel forecast.

    Key Player receiving the Award as the “Best Value Creation Concept MEAI 2014” team by FRHI during the Controllers Annual Conference in May 2015.

    Pre-Opening Task Force in launching Finance systems and Implementation at Raffles Seychelles, Praslin, Seychelles in November 2012.

    Pre-Opening Task Force as the Interim DOF of Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai, UAE in a sensitive transition ensuring the alignment of the Brand’s business strategy in July 2017

    Participation in the creation of the FRHI Budget and Forecast Model Financial System during FRHI MEA Summit in Fairmont Cairo, Egypt in 2011.

  • Introduction

    I’m currently working as the Assistant director of Finance & Business support at Raffles Dubai. I started my career as a Front Desk Agent and progressed through various finance & accounting positions.
    I adapt to change quickly, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to enhance my career as a Director of Finance. Having worked with a regional level Director of Finance, I undertake challenges and the responsibilities of a Financial Controller. I take on the responsibility of this position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it.
    I would like to share my wide experience, success and skills to your organization and lead not only Finance Team but your company to achieve your goals.

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