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Finance Manager

Company Overview:


The Collective is a boutique events agency based in Dubai that brings people together to create memorable and shareable experiences. Our clients include some of the most creative and diverse in the region, including Google, YouTube, Pernod Ricard, Unilever, and Sephora. Creativity supported and underpinned by precision planning is at the heart of everything we do, and we always look to add those small details that surprise and delight both clients and our audience.


Role Overview:


We seek an experienced, detail-oriented finance manager to be the gatekeeper of our business finances. The individual should be a numbers whizz and understand financial strategy, cash flow management and the nature of events.



Key Responsibilities:


1. Financial Planning and Analysis:

·      Develop and maintain comprehensive financial models to support strategic planning and decision-making.

·      Analyse financial data and trends to provide insights into the company's financial performance.

·      Collaborate with senior management to develop annual budgets and forecasts.

2. Financial Reporting:

·      Prepare and present accurate and timely financial reports, including income statements, balance sheets, and cash flow statements.

·      Ensure compliance with local regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

·      Provide financial updates to key stakeholders, highlighting key performance indicators.

·      Have knowledge of Zoho systems and submit VAT and TAX returns within required deadlines.

3. Budget Management:

·      Manage the budgeting process, working closely with department heads to align budgetary goals with overall company objectives.

·      Monitor and control expenses to ensure they align with approved budgets.

·      Identify areas for cost optimisation and efficiency improvements.

4. Cash Flow Management:

·      Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds for operational needs.

·      Manage relationships with financial institutions and optimise banking processes.

·      Implement effective cash management policies to safeguard company assets.

5. Financial Compliance:

·      Stay abreast of changes in financial regulations and ensure the company's adherence to all relevant laws and standards.

·      Work with external auditors to facilitate the annual audit process.

·      Implement and maintain internal controls to mitigate financial risks.

6. Vendor and Contract Management:

·      Negotiate and manage contracts with vendors, ensuring favourable terms and conditions.

·      Review and approve vendor payments following established policies, including managing purchase orders, invoice creation, and arrears management.

7. Team Leadership and Development:

·      Lead and mentor the company, fostering a culture of excellence and continuous improvement.

·      Provide training and development opportunities to enhance the team's skills and capabilities.




·      Bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounting, or a related field; professional certification (e.g., ACCA, CPA) preferred.

·      Proven experience as a Finance Manager or in a similar role, preferably in the events or hospitality industry, for at least three years.

·      Strong knowledge of financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting.

·      Familiarity with UAE financial regulations and compliance requirements.

·      Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills.

·      Advanced proficiency in financial software, MS Excel and Zoho.




·      Available to work weekends, evenings and overnights as needed for events.

·      Available to travel for work – this will likely be to the UAE, MENA or UK, but it could be anywhere in the world.



Our main office is in Dubai, but we have clients all over the world, and travel may be required for the chosen candidate. This role would be based in Dubai.


·      The role is a hybrid one – we require you to be in the office three fixed days a week with the flexibility to work from home for two.


Perks & Benefits:

  • Arrival flight from home country to Dubai

  • One-month subsidised living assistance on arrival (if from abroad)

  • Annual flight home after a year’s service

  • Health Insurance

  • Visa

  • Wellness allowance towards your fitness goal of choice

  • Monthly team lunches

  • Two weeks annual work-from-anywhere policy to be taken in summer

  • 2 annual paid company holidays

  • UAE National Holidays (14 in 2023)


How to Apply:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their CV to

Please include: ‘FirstName.LastName – Finance Manager Application’ in your subject heading.


The Collective is an equal-opportunity employer. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Note: This job description is a general guideline and may be subject to change based on the evolving needs of the company

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