Yousef Ahram

Yousef Ahram

Finance Manager at Melara Meddle East
Lives in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
over 6 months ago

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A dynamic highly experienced finance professional with a proven track record of 20+ years in accounting, group reporting and administering high end finance management operations to effectively manage assets, leverage opportunities and grow business. Possessing exceptional proficiency in providing superior research and advice for sound investments combined with strong knowledge of financial instruments and tools. Seeking an enduring position with a progressive organization where my accrued skills and expertise can be effectively utilized to provide high quality financial advice and supporting critical business decisions.

Experience

  • Finance Manager

    Melara Meddle East - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    December 2017 - Now · 1 year and 1 month

    Accomplishments • Setting financial policies and procedures including AR, AP, Banks, and cash, Petty cash, purchases, and FA. • Preparing the annual budget for the year 2019, getting the budget approved by the CEO's and the company shareholders • Instrumental in implementing process/ control improvements and enhancing accuracy in budgets/ forecasts • Collaborated with the trading department in drafting contracts, highlighting types of services availed, payment terms and other conditions Key Responsibilities: • Assist in performing all tasks necessary to achieve the organization's mission and help execute staff succession and growth plans. • Train the Finance Unit and other staff on raising awareness and knowledge of financial management matters. • Work with the CEO on the strategic vision including fostering and cultivating stakeholder relationships, as well as assisting in the development and negotiation of contracts. • Participate in developing new business, specifically: assist the CEO in identifying new funding opportunities, the drafting of prospective departmental budgets, and determining the cost effectiveness of prospective service delivery. • Assess the benefits of all prospective contracts and advise the Executive Team on implementation matters. • Ensure adequate controls are installed and that substantiating documentation is approved and available such that all purchases may pass independent and governmental audits. • Provide the CEO with an operating budget. Work with the CEO to ensure success through cost analysis support, and compliance with all contractual and financial requirements. This includes: 1) interpreting legislative rules and regulations to ensure compliance with all local and contractual guidelines, 2) ensuring that all government regulations and requirements are disseminated to appropriate personnel, and 3) monitoring compliance. • Oversee the management and coordination of all fiscal reporting activities for the organization including organizational revenue/expense and balance sheet reports, reports to funding agencies, development and monitoring of organizational and contract budgets. • Oversee all purchasing and payroll activity for staff and participants. • Develop and maintain systems of internal controls to safeguard financial assets of the organization and oversee all VAT related issues. Oversee the coordination and activities of independent auditors ensuring all audit issues are resolved, and all compliance issues are met, and the preparation of the annual financial statements is in accordance with IAS and other required supplementary schedules and information. • Attend Board and Subcommittee meetings; including being the lead staff on the Audit/Finance Committee. • Monitor banking activities of the organization. • Ensure adequate cash flow to meet the organization's needs. • Oversee the production of monthly reports including reconciliations with funders, as well as financial statements and cash flow projections for use by Executive management, as well as the Audit/Finance Committee and Board of Directors. • Oversee Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable and ensure a disaster recovery plan is in place. • Oversee business insurance plans and health care coverage analysis. • Oversee the maintenance of the inventory of all fixed assets, including assets purchased with government funds, assuring all are in accordance with federal regulations.

  • Finance Manager

    Emirates Advanced Investments Group - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    December 2010 - April 2017 · 6 years and 5 months

    In March 2015 I was deputed to Group Head Quarters as Finance Manager while assuming total responsibility for 6 subsidiaries: Advanced Technology Consultancy information security and system integrators, a partner of –Palo Alto, Juniper, Microsoft & Dell-, Z Care LLC., Yas Holding, Maidis International, SIM Internationa,l and Yas Digital Media Highlights: • Serving as chairman of a steering committee and contributing significantly to the goals of the company by innovative thinking, corporate strategic planning and optimal management of resources. Accomplishments • Acknowledged for efficiently managing a team of managers in accomplishing written business strategy integrated with a 5-year business plan as chairman of a steering committee for Advanced Technology Consultancy • Developed collection system leading to reduced outstanding sums due from customers as well as days sales outstanding (DSO) by almost 18% • Enhanced organizational financial liquidity (working capital ratio) by almost 12% by managing cash flows • Played a key role in the implantation of Oracle ERP in all 6 subsidiaries I have managed • Instrumental in implementing process/ control improvements and enhancing accuracy in budgets/ forecasts • Collaborated with the trading department in drafting new service level agreements (SLA’s) to be signed by customers highlighting types of services availed, payment terms and other conditions Financial Management: • Managed the preparation and presentation of monthly, quarterly and annual financial accounts and statements with supporting schedules compatible with group & statutory standards (for all 6 Subsidiaries). • Devising department budgets, projects budgets, manpower budgets, business forecasts and key strategies in collaboration with department heads while adopting collaborative approaches to work to successfully achieve the strategic goals of the organization. • Strategizing implementation of financial plans/ policies with high levels of efficiency, quality, and accuracy. Evaluating their impact and making mid-course corrections to ensure business performance heads in a positive direction. • Creating and implementing projects pricing and costing tools in order to meet the management direction of analyzing in depth all potential projects and tenders. • Working closely with the commercial and legal departments to review and finalize projects contracts from a financial perspective. • Ensuring sound financial management and control by summarizing and reporting overall financial position including KPI’s and variance analysis (if any), on projects and company levels, with recommendations for improvisations to senior management. • Assisting in setting a Risk Management Policy, guidelines and risk reports for all 6 subsidiaries. • Checks invoices for the disbursement of payments; ensure that all payments are accounted for correctly and in accordance with the company guidelines. Administration: • Mediating extensively with various departments and striven to ensure seamless integration of business planning, forecasting, and functionality with overall organization’s vision and mission. • Providing strong support to management in ensuring the financial domain of the organization is organized, well structured, defined and complies with all regulatory requirements and generally expected internal controls. • Presenting financial leadership and direction to team members and fostering a performance-driven culture with precise performance parameters for enhanced business performance. Audit • Managed the annual audit process for all 6 subsidiaries. • Ensured conformity to local and international financial regulatory requirements. • Managed all external third party confirmations ensuring they are prepared within the agreed timelines. • Coordinate with External Auditors to ensure timely certification of the company's annual financial statements. Treasury • Maintain liquidity to meet financial obligations, through funding from equity, day to day cash management and activities. • Support subsidiaries in ensuring their funding requirements are met. • Interface with banks and financial institution on all banking matters and the company accounts maintenance. • Ensure the bank account management process is handled smoothly and minimizing lead time

  • Business Analyst

    Abu Dhabi Media Company - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    September 2007 - December 2010 · 3 years and 4 months

    Abu Dhabi Media Company (Formerly Emirates Media), Abu Dhabi - UAE Highlights: • Played a crucial role in formulating budget in the year 2008 for financial and operational activities in addition to long-term (5 years) strategic plan to advance future performance of the organization. • Analyzed past trends and devised realistic advertisement and distribution sales targets for the year 2008. Key Responsibilities: • Constructed a well-defined budgeting framework for all activities/ departments in addition to finance planning/ strategizing to ensure uniformity, integrity and cost-efficiency of operations. • Created comprehensive manuals/ formats that effectively recorded actual costs, delineated variances along with reasons thus aided to initiate actions that remediate the same. • Computed management reports in sync with IAS that clearly outline budgeted short-falls/ overruns along with concrete recommendations for strategic analysis and interpretation by CFO and CEO. • Advised mid-course corrections/ modifications to pre-defined budgets/ forecasts (sales, finance and operating costs) to match with changes in internal/ external business environment and presented to Board of Directors for further analysis/ approval. • Complied all financial information for computing project cash-flows to determine feasibility; defined credit structures that optimize liquidity while delivering continuous improvement to systems and processes.

  • Financial Analyst – Investment Committee

    General Pension & Social Security Authority - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    January 2007 - September 2007 · 9 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Optimized financial tools and techniques to conduct segmented and sensitivity analysis of financial instruments such as fixed income funds, floaters, hedge funds, real estate funds, shares and bonds to enhance and ensure economic benefits. • Collaborated data and conducted interest calculations, performed investment revaluations and reallocations while accounting the factors that drive financial markets. • Provided sound investment advice based on extensive market research as well as analysis of sensitivity, trading environment, trading volume and price volatility to finance committee. • Computed reports and financial statements, analyzed key finance performance indicators and routinely presented the same to General Manager and Investment Committee for strategic analysis and interpretation.

  • Finance Manager

    Estarta Software Solutions - Amman, Jordan

    Finance/Accounting
    November 2005 - January 2007 · 1 year and 3 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Orchestrated all accounting / finance management activities with key emphasis on payroll, reconciliation, annual audit, review of vouchers, trial balance while generating timely, complete and accurate financial statements and reports. • Ensured compliance to all accounting standards and principles; outlined deviations and re-organized structures to ensure the organization’s financial domain is efficient and structured. • Summarized and presented financial position vis-à-vis stability/ liquidity/ growth along with variance and feasibility analysis to senior management for tactical decision making. • Periodically reported to Microsoft and CISCO – sister companies; integral part of (combined) economic strategy and financial forecasting process with key emphasis on maintaining consistency and uniformity of operations.

  • Financial Analyst – Investment Committee

    General Pension & Social Security Authority - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    April 2004 - November 2005 · 1 year and 8 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Optimized financial tools and techniques to conduct segmented and sensitivity analysis of financial instruments such as fixed income funds, floaters, hedged funds, real estate funds, shares and bonds to enhance and ensure economical benefits. • Collaborated data and conducted interest calculations, performed investment revaluations and reallocations while accounting the factors that drive financial markets. • Provided sound investment advice based on extensive market research as well as analysis of sensitivity, trading environment, trading volume and price volatility to finance committee. • Computed reports and financial statements, analyzed key finance performance indicators and routinely presented the same to General Manager and Investment Committee for strategic analysis and interpretation.

  • Accounts Manager

    Al Hamid Group (BMW Abu Dhabi) - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Finance/Accounting
    July 2002 - April 2004 · 1 year and 10 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Sheikh’s Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamid Personal Investments: I was fully in charge of H.E. Personal -local & foreign- investments. These investments include the purchase and sales of shares, bonds, mutual funds and keeping in control the fixed deposits in and outside the UAE. • Sheikh’s Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamid Personal Projects: accounting for H.E. Projects, keeping payments for contractors and consultants in line & issuing a monthly report for all projects to be reconciled with the contractors and consultants on monthly bases. • Provided strong finance management, project and cost accounting support across various group companies in view of achieving organization’s finance objectives at an optimal pace, among those companies was BMW Abu Dhabi. • Advanced automation by providing integral support and reinforcement software/ application development and implementation stages in addition to successful migration as well as the integration of business operations. • Improved overall organization’s liquidity position by establishing a meticulous follow-up to receive payments from aging debtors concurrently facilitated judicious payments to vendors/ suppliers/ contractors on time.

  • Financial Analyst

    Pepsi-Cola - Amman, Jordan

    Finance/Accounting
    March 2000 - February 2002 · 1 year and 12 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Devised long term strategic plans inclusive of operational and finance budgets; evaluated organizational performance with prescribed benchmarks and presented actual results to target/ budget along with rectification measures to management. • Instrumental in maintaining optimal liquidity as well as judicious utilization prescribed lines of credit by projecting precise cash-flow statements. • Integral part of team involved in conducting project feasibility studies in addition to routine accounting and reporting activities and routinely presented the same to senior management for tactical decision making.

  • Audit Consulting – Internal Auditor

    Nuqul Group - Amman, Jordan

    Finance/Accounting
    January 2000 - March 2000 · 3 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Participated in setting cost systems for the Nuqul Industrial Complex (Al-Keena Hygienic Paper Co. Ltd., Quality Food Co. & Modern Aluminum Co. ”MODAL”) Instrumental in maintaining optimal liquidity as well as judicious utilization prescribed lines of credit by projecting precise cash-flow statements. • Responsible for reviewing the 1999 Accounts for the three companies. • Responsible for setting corrective as well as preventive Accounting actions

  • Auditor

    PWC (Bawab and Co.) - Amman, Jordan

    Finance/Accounting
    December 1998 - January 2000 · 1 year and 2 months

    Key Responsibilities: • Performing internal control risk tests. • Detecting the internal control weaknesses and displaying the Options to deal with these weaknesses. • Performing analytical procedures for the firms’ accounts. • Performing test of details for the firms accounts. • Preparing memorandums and letters of recommendation to the management. • Performing tax planning for various companies. • Defining and controlling computer software weaknesses related to accounting procedures in the letters of recommendation addressed to The Management.

  • Accountant

    Al Sahira Trading Establishment - Amman, Jordan

    Finance/Accounting
    September 1996 - December 1998 · 2 years and 4 months

    Responsible for preparing Journals Payments & Receipt Vouchers. Maintaining the Journal Ledger, posting to general journal & preparing a complete set of financial statements (Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement).

Education

  • CMA

    Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    February 2016 - May 2016

  • CPA

    Association of Certified Public Accountant - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    February 2016 - October 2016

  • BA: Major- banking & Finance, Minor- Accounting

    Yarmouk University - Irbid, Jordan

    September 1990 - January 1996

Languages

  • English
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • Arabic
    Native or fluent
    100%

Skills

  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Financial control
  • Financial management
  • Financial Planning & Analysis
  • Process Implementation, Performance Optimization
  • Standardizing Policies & procedures
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