Finance Controller MEA & India

SYSTRA - Dubai

Country/Region: AE Field: Support & transversal Location: Dubai, AE Type of Contract: Permanent Level of experience: 10-15 years


The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.
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  • Degree in Accounting and /or Financial Management
  • 10 years of experience in accounting and financial management within operations / project management environment
  • Experience in a multicultural environment
  • Strong financial skills
  • Financial planning and reporting
  • Solid background of operations management
  • Fluent in English, French and Arabic would be advantageous
  • Ability to react quickly to problems arising
  • Good organization skills, rigor, intellectual curiosity
  • Very good communication, clarity of explanations
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills


Working closely with the Regional CFO and the local management team, the Finance Controller MEA and India must ensure the following tasks are carried out within the defined Group Financial operating process:

Area Controlling:

  • Management of the budget cycle: development of the annual budget, forecasting and budget exercises, gap analysis
  • Management of the monthly closing process: reporting production (MEA), analysis of the results of (MEA & India) Business, indicator monitoring, analysis and understanding of gaps, writing a monthly summary note to the Regional Finance Director
  • Monitoring and controlling of dashboards and financial indicators in the Area (WC, DSO, ... )
  • Investment projects follow-up

Follow-up of projects :

  • Financial component validation for major tenders issued
  • Animation/participation to the area bid committees and business reviews
  • Set up new the financials KPI of new contracts
  • Monitoring of the monthly contracts reviews
  • Validation of initial budgets of contracts managed
  • Monthly review of contracts in collaboration with the operational team
  • Challenge the financial KPI of projects


  • Monitor the Treasury: cash level follow-up, development of the forecasts
  • Manage relationship with financial institutions under control of the Regional CFO
  • Ensure the optimization of financial balances of subsidiaries, control operation financing
  • Manage Cash flow

Process, standards and internal control:

  • Identify and implement improvement projects of financial process
  • Ensure the correct application of procedures, standards and Group management rules
  • Ensure the existence of a good level of local internal control and participate in its improvement
  • Monitor and review of internal control locally, monitor action plans decided by the Risk Management and Audit department


  • Ensure the correct application of IFRS on its perimeter
  • Ensure the correct transmission of consolidation packages to consolidation department on time
  • Ensure the relevance of the gaps between reporting, social accounts and consolidated accounts
  • Preform the intercompany reconciliation


  • Ensure the proper application of Group accounting rules
  • Manage monthly, half-yearly and annual closings of the accounts of entities within its scope
  • Support local accounting managers on difficulties encountered or arbitrations requested about the Group Accounting Manager


  • Manage tax records in conjunction with the Region and Group Tax Department
  • Participation in the resolution of international tax issues, in conjunction with the Region and Group Tax Department


  • Participation in the preliminary assessments and due diligence reviews
  • Contribution to the files preparation and presentation
  • Follow-up of the administrative integration
  • Manage the integration of recently acquired subsidiaries or entities
  • Evaluate and optimize the financial aspects of the evolution of our local structures (creation or change of activities of our foreign entities)


  • Ensure the implementation of appropriate quality assurance processes.
  • Ensure the implementation and adherence to the Systra Group policies, particularly on governance, compliance and ethics.


  • Manage relationships with auditors
  • Identify the best practices that could be generalized at Group level
  • Participate to ad hoc financial studies for the Finance Department
  • Ensure the dissemination of financial literacy and Group management rules

Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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