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Haris ArifAccounts & Finance Manager | Automotive | Car Share | Rent A Car | Start-ups | RTA Licensed at Ekar

I am a goal-driven Qualified Chartered Accountant with 7+ years of Professional Expertise in Accounting & Finance, including 4+ years in UAE in F&B (Hospitality) Industry. Moreover, having a strong command over VAT ( Value-Added Tax), Cashflow Management, Planning Budgeting & Forecasting, P&L Management, Financial Reporting & Financial Analysis. Highly skilled individual, experienced in Managerial Finance, Internal Control, Auditing, Variance Analysis, Accounts Reconciliations & General Ledger Control. I am having extensive knowledge of Accounts Payable - VAT Input, Accounts Receivable- VAT Output and Accounts finalisation. Adept at Bookkeeping, Consolidation, Financial Statements, Petty-Cash Operation, Internal & External Audit, and Management Information System (MIS). A Proficient Finance expert who aligns financial initiatives to achieve strategic objectives. Core Area of Expertise: Cash Flow & Reporting | Monthly & Year End Closing | Forecasting & Budgeting | Financial Planning & Financial Analysis | Inventory Costing | Cost & Management Accounting | Product Profitability | Variance Analysis & Internal Control | Risk Management Thanks & Regards, Haris Arif rao.haris@outlook.com +971-56-7462685

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Haris Arif - VAT & Accounts - Finance Professional
Position: Chief Accountant & Finance Manager
Experience: 6+ Years
Qualification: ACCA, B.Com, A Level
Valid UAE Driving License
Mail: rao.haris@outlook.com
Mobile: +971-56-7462685
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/harisarif
Current Location: Dubai, UAE
Career Summary:
A Goal-driven, highly skilled Accounting & Finance Professional with over 6 years of Financial Accounting,
Management Accounting & Cost Accounting experience including 3 years in prominent and well Known MNC's in
F&B (Hospitality) Industry in UAE. Moreover, having a strong command over VAT ( Value-Added Tax), Cashflow
Management, Planning Budgeting & Forecasting, P&L Management, Financial Reporting & Financial Analysis. Highly
skilled individual, experienced in Managerial Finance, Internal Control, Auditing, Variance Analysis, Accounts
Reconciliations & General Ledger Control. He is having extensive knowledge of Accounts Payable - VAT Input,
Accounts Receivable- VAT Output and Accounts finalisation. Adept at Bookkeeping, Consolidation, Financial
Statements, Petty-Cash Operation, Internal & External Audit, and Management Information System (MIS). A Proficient
Finance expert who aligns financial initiatives to achieve strategic objectives.
Core Area of Expertise:
• Cash Flow & Reporting
• Month & YE Closing
• Forecasting & Budgeting
• Financial Planning & Analysis
• Cost & Management Accounting
• Variance Analysis & Internal Control
• Inventory Costing
• Product Profitability
• Risk Management
Specific Job Achievements:
• Till date, being part of more than 40 projects worth AED 140M in project accounting, feasibilities & planning role
• Involved in revised follow-up, screening checks, credit limits & loyalty schemes, led to increasing recovery by 20%
• Increased cash flow by 16%, stretched payables (DPO), payment incentives, leases, tightened inventory& discounts
• Reduced Debtors days (DSO) by 40% via reduced trading terms, payment upfront discounts& screening procedure
• Cultivated vendor relationships and negotiated new contracts, which led to 25% volume discounts on office supplies.
• Managed financial bookwork including all bank reconciliations, cash flow statements, and projected budgets.
• Supervised and trained a team of staff accountants in daily job responsibilities, which ensured proper handling of
all financial and accounting transactions.
• Designed daily cash flow report summarising inflows and outflows to numerous bank accounts resulting in
30% savings in cost of funds.
• Formulated and graphed monthly and quarterly sales analysis spreadsheets to re‐focus sales activity and achieve a
21% gain in sales.
• Implemented and monitored automated payroll, resulting in a 9% reduction in cost and 15% decrease in processing
errors
• Received recognition from company Managing Director for outstanding performance and attention to detail.
Professional Experience Summary:
• Finance Manager at Noodle In Box Restaurants – UAE Feb 2017 - Present
• Independent VAT & Accounts - Finance Consultant – UAE Jan 2015 - Present
• Assistant Chief Accountant at German Doner Kebab – UAE Jan 2014 - Jan 2017
• Audit Officer at Khanzada & Co. Chartered Accountants – Pakistan Jan 2013 - Dec 2013
• Auditor at Smooth Way Construction Company – Pakistan Jan 2012 - Dec 2012
• ACCA Trainee at Synergy Computer Pvt Ltd – Pakistan Jan 2011 - Dec 2011
Professional Qualifications Summary:
• Chartered Certified Accountant ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK
• Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK
• B.com (Bachelor of Commerce) - University of Sindh, Pakistan
• Diploma in Accounting and Business - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK
• A Level (Advance Level ) - Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK
• IGCSE - Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK
Online Certifications:
• Quality Management
• Operation Management
• Project Management
• Ratio Analysis & Interpretations
• Interpreting Financial Statement
• Excel For Business
• Risk Management • Financial Modeling • Financial Analysis
Soft Skills Summary:
• Critical Thinking
• Negotiation
• People Management
• Creativity
• Complex Problem Solving
• Judgment & Decision Making
• Team Player
• Emotionally Intelligent
• Cognitively Flexible
Honours & Awards:
• The Future of Fraud & Financial Crimes by ACFE & Open Thinking
• Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption Strategy by ACFE & Open Thinking
• Contract Fraud (Preventing, Detecting and Auditing ) by Open Thinking
• Improving Project Communication Through Risk Management by TENSIX
• Employee of the Month at German Doner Kebab
• QuickBooks Certified Online PROAdvisor
• QuickBooks Online Self Study Certification
Language & Expertise in Accounting Softwares:
• English, Urdu & Hindi advance level in writing, reading, speaking & listening
• QuickBooks, Peachtree Sage, Tally ERP and Advance Excel ( Expert Level )
Professional Experience:
Finance Manager at Noodle In Box Restaurants - UAE — February 2017 – Present
• Providing financial reports and interpreting financial information to managerial staff while recommending further
courses of action.
• Analyze costs, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company’s actual performance compared to the
business plans
• Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities.
• Oversee operations of the finance department, set goals and objectives, and design a framework for these to be met
• Correspond with various other departments, discussing company plans and agreeing on future paths to be taken
• Provide insightful information and expectations to Managing Director to aid in long-term and short-term decision
making
• Undertaking strategic analysis and assisting with strategic planning
• Carrying out business modelling and risk assessments
• Undertaking research into pricing, competitors and factors affecting performance
• Monitoring and interpreting cash flows and predicting future trends
• Conducting reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities
• Managing a company's financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems
Independent VAT & Accounts - Finance Consultant - UAE — January 2015 – Present
• Consultancy provider in Projects Financing, Feasibilities, NPV & payment plans of around AED 60M projects
• VAT implementation; changes to be adopted in the accounting records and systems, training the accountants in the
organisation etc.
• WPS management, Project Analysis, processing simulations for new joint ventures and preparing business plans,
study of the cash flow and P&L along with due diligence on investment opportunities
• Planned AED 60 Million budget projects using financial models, Feasibilities & shareholder’s consent
• Provide VAT (Value-Added Tax) consultancy and advice to clients on VAT (Value-Added Tax) implementation,
procedures and compliance for business operations, audit, tax returns and reporting and risks of non-compliance to
meet the UAE's new VAT (Value-Added Tax) rules and regulations.
• Provide insightful information to senior executives to aid in long-term and short-term decision making.
Assistant Chief Accountant at German Doner Kebab - UAE — January 2014 – January 2017
• Developed and implemented comprehensive annual budgets, and provided accurate and timely monthly
reports to control budget overruns.
• Analysed financial information relating to specific projects e.g. company results, profit and loss, balance sheet and
cash flow statements to determine how well an organisation is poised to deliver the best for shareholders.
• Assessed profitability through analysis of financial statements and ratios
• Managed all aspects of project monitoring including detailed journal entries, expense accruals, GL accounting, and
account analysis as part of monthly close
• Supervised Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable department. Provided training to develop and enhance
quality customer relations. Ensured and maintained ethical accounting practices.
Audit Officer at Khanzada & Co. Chartered Accountants - Pakistan — January 2013 - December 2013
• Introduced a more efficient accounting software program to the clients
• Counselled clients in tax return preparation, electronic filing and refund options
• Conducted approximately 58 field audits annually
• Developed and reviewed financial reports for management
• Actively engaged in company audits; reports included substantive testing of fixed assets, accounts payable, accounts
receivable, and other major expense categories.
Auditor at Smooth Way Construction Company - Pakistan — January 2012 - December 2012
• Coordinated and structured corporate accounting and financial departments, including staffing, training, technology
and procedures
• Conceived, launched, and solidified changes to the company's existing job costing reporting model to refine profit
recognition for each construction project.
• Reorganised office and accounting processes to improve efficiency and boost productivity
• Reviewed and verified prior year tax returns and audited tax returns for thoroughness and accuracy.
• Trained new hires on standard operations and ethical practices to ensure professional service.
ACCA Trainee at Synergy Computer Pvt Ltd - Pakistan — January 2011 - December 2011
• Performed bookkeeping duties including maintaining time and attendance and bi‐weekly payroll.
• Tracked payments and future schedule payments.
• Reconciled and distributed the amount to multiple vendors.
• Played a key role in analysing financial statements, tax returns, and credit reports for clients.
• Verified accuracy of every expense before entering payment stream.

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Haris Arif - ACCA Versatile Chartered Accountant on the Hunt to Help Companies to Minimize Cost and Maximize Profitability

  • 1. Haris Arif - VAT & Accounts - Finance Professional Position: Chief Accountant & Finance Manager Experience: 6+ Years Qualification: ACCA, B.Com, A Level Valid UAE Driving License Mail: rao.haris@outlook.com Mobile: +971-56-7462685 LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/harisarif Current Location: Dubai, UAE Career Summary: A Goal-driven, highly skilled Accounting & Finance Professional with over 6 years of Financial Accounting, Management Accounting & Cost Accounting experience including 3 years in prominent and well Known MNC's in F&B (Hospitality) Industry in UAE. Moreover, having a strong command over VAT ( Value-Added Tax), Cashflow Management, Planning Budgeting & Forecasting, P&L Management, Financial Reporting & Financial Analysis. Highly skilled individual, experienced in Managerial Finance, Internal Control, Auditing, Variance Analysis, Accounts Reconciliations & General Ledger Control. He is having extensive knowledge of Accounts Payable - VAT Input, Accounts Receivable- VAT Output and Accounts finalisation. Adept at Bookkeeping, Consolidation, Financial Statements, Petty-Cash Operation, Internal & External Audit, and Management Information System (MIS). A Proficient Finance expert who aligns financial initiatives to achieve strategic objectives. Core Area of Expertise: • Cash Flow & Reporting • Month & YE Closing • Forecasting & Budgeting • Financial Planning & Analysis • Cost & Management Accounting • Variance Analysis & Internal Control • Inventory Costing • Product Profitability • Risk Management Specific Job Achievements: • Till date, being part of more than 40 projects worth AED 140M in project accounting, feasibilities & planning role • Involved in revised follow-up, screening checks, credit limits & loyalty schemes, led to increasing recovery by 20% • Increased cash flow by 16%, stretched payables (DPO), payment incentives, leases, tightened inventory& discounts • Reduced Debtors days (DSO) by 40% via reduced trading terms, payment upfront discounts& screening procedure • Cultivated vendor relationships and negotiated new contracts, which led to 25% volume discounts on office supplies. • Managed financial bookwork including all bank reconciliations, cash flow statements, and projected budgets. • Supervised and trained a team of staff accountants in daily job responsibilities, which ensured proper handling of all financial and accounting transactions. • Designed daily cash flow report summarising inflows and outflows to numerous bank accounts resulting in 30% savings in cost of funds. • Formulated and graphed monthly and quarterly sales analysis spreadsheets to re‐focus sales activity and achieve a 21% gain in sales. • Implemented and monitored automated payroll, resulting in a 9% reduction in cost and 15% decrease in processing errors • Received recognition from company Managing Director for outstanding performance and attention to detail. Professional Experience Summary: • Finance Manager at Noodle In Box Restaurants – UAE Feb 2017 - Present • Independent VAT & Accounts - Finance Consultant – UAE Jan 2015 - Present • Assistant Chief Accountant at German Doner Kebab – UAE Jan 2014 - Jan 2017 • Audit Officer at Khanzada & Co. Chartered Accountants – Pakistan Jan 2013 - Dec 2013 • Auditor at Smooth Way Construction Company – Pakistan Jan 2012 - Dec 2012 • ACCA Trainee at Synergy Computer Pvt Ltd – Pakistan Jan 2011 - Dec 2011
  • 2. Professional Qualifications Summary: • Chartered Certified Accountant ACCA - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK • Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK • B.com (Bachelor of Commerce) - University of Sindh, Pakistan • Diploma in Accounting and Business - Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK • A Level (Advance Level ) - Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK • IGCSE - Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), UK Online Certifications: • Quality Management • Operation Management • Project Management • Ratio Analysis & Interpretations • Interpreting Financial Statement • Excel For Business • Risk Management • Financial Modeling • Financial Analysis Soft Skills Summary: • Critical Thinking • Negotiation • People Management • Creativity • Complex Problem Solving • Judgment & Decision Making • Team Player • Emotionally Intelligent • Cognitively Flexible Honours & Awards: • The Future of Fraud & Financial Crimes by ACFE & Open Thinking • Anti-Fraud & Anti-Corruption Strategy by ACFE & Open Thinking • Contract Fraud (Preventing, Detecting and Auditing ) by Open Thinking • Improving Project Communication Through Risk Management by TENSIX • Employee of the Month at German Doner Kebab • QuickBooks Certified Online PROAdvisor • QuickBooks Online Self Study Certification Language & Expertise in Accounting Softwares: • English, Urdu & Hindi advance level in writing, reading, speaking & listening • QuickBooks, Peachtree Sage, Tally ERP and Advance Excel ( Expert Level ) Professional Experience: Finance Manager at Noodle In Box Restaurants - UAE — February 2017 – Present • Providing financial reports and interpreting financial information to managerial staff while recommending further courses of action. • Analyze costs, pricing, variable contributions, sales results and the company’s actual performance compared to the business plans • Conduct reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities. • Oversee operations of the finance department, set goals and objectives, and design a framework for these to be met • Correspond with various other departments, discussing company plans and agreeing on future paths to be taken • Provide insightful information and expectations to Managing Director to aid in long-term and short-term decision making • Undertaking strategic analysis and assisting with strategic planning • Carrying out business modelling and risk assessments • Undertaking research into pricing, competitors and factors affecting performance • Monitoring and interpreting cash flows and predicting future trends • Conducting reviews and evaluations for cost-reduction opportunities • Managing a company's financial accounting, monitoring and reporting systems
  • 3. Independent VAT & Accounts - Finance Consultant - UAE — January 2015 – Present • Consultancy provider in Projects Financing, Feasibilities, NPV & payment plans of around AED 60M projects • VAT implementation; changes to be adopted in the accounting records and systems, training the accountants in the organisation etc. • WPS management, Project Analysis, processing simulations for new joint ventures and preparing business plans, study of the cash flow and P&L along with due diligence on investment opportunities • Planned AED 60 Million budget projects using financial models, Feasibilities & shareholder’s consent • Provide VAT (Value-Added Tax) consultancy and advice to clients on VAT (Value-Added Tax) implementation, procedures and compliance for business operations, audit, tax returns and reporting and risks of non-compliance to meet the UAE's new VAT (Value-Added Tax) rules and regulations. • Provide insightful information to senior executives to aid in long-term and short-term decision making. Assistant Chief Accountant at German Doner Kebab - UAE — January 2014 – January 2017 • Developed and implemented comprehensive annual budgets, and provided accurate and timely monthly reports to control budget overruns. • Analysed financial information relating to specific projects e.g. company results, profit and loss, balance sheet and cash flow statements to determine how well an organisation is poised to deliver the best for shareholders. • Assessed profitability through analysis of financial statements and ratios • Managed all aspects of project monitoring including detailed journal entries, expense accruals, GL accounting, and account analysis as part of monthly close • Supervised Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable department. Provided training to develop and enhance quality customer relations. Ensured and maintained ethical accounting practices. Audit Officer at Khanzada & Co. Chartered Accountants - Pakistan — January 2013 - December 2013 • Introduced a more efficient accounting software program to the clients • Counselled clients in tax return preparation, electronic filing and refund options • Conducted approximately 58 field audits annually • Developed and reviewed financial reports for management • Actively engaged in company audits; reports included substantive testing of fixed assets, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other major expense categories. Auditor at Smooth Way Construction Company - Pakistan — January 2012 - December 2012 • Coordinated and structured corporate accounting and financial departments, including staffing, training, technology and procedures • Conceived, launched, and solidified changes to the company's existing job costing reporting model to refine profit recognition for each construction project. • Reorganised office and accounting processes to improve efficiency and boost productivity • Reviewed and verified prior year tax returns and audited tax returns for thoroughness and accuracy. • Trained new hires on standard operations and ethical practices to ensure professional service. ACCA Trainee at Synergy Computer Pvt Ltd - Pakistan — January 2011 - December 2011 • Performed bookkeeping duties including maintaining time and attendance and bi‐weekly payroll. • Tracked payments and future schedule payments. • Reconciled and distributed the amount to multiple vendors. • Played a key role in analysing financial statements, tax returns, and credit reports for clients. • Verified accuracy of every expense before entering payment stream.