SalimSikander CV and Covering Letter - 2015 - updated
The HR Manager
Subject: Resume – Salim Sikander – ACA, CIA, APA
This letter is to introduce myself for an available position in your organization. My
diversified and in-depth professional work experience at Kuoni Destination Management,
World’s leading Destination Management Company and (One of Big Four Audit Firms)
coupled with a record of outstanding performance at academic levels (as detailed in my
resume) has enabled me to present myself as a potential candidate for a suitable position in an
I am a Qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountant of
Pakistan (ICAP) – Master of Finance Equivalent from Higher Education Commission of
Pakistan, Certified Internal Auditor from Institute of Internal Auditors, United States of
America (IIA) and Associate Public Accountant from Pakistan Institute of Public
Accountants (PIPFA). Currently, I am currently working as a Head of Finance at Kuoni
Destination Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). My consistent
academic and professional achievements prove my determination as well as demonstrate my
firm commitment to work hard for the accomplishment of my objectives.
Working with the “World’s leading Destination Management Company” coupled with rich
working experience (locally in Gulf and abroad) in various capacities with A.F.Ferguson (A
member firm of ) in Karachi and Saudi Arabia offices and further exposure of
managing investment portfolio of The Aga Khan University Hospital, I offer a good blend
of experience, skill and expertise in Finance / Accounting and Internal Audit. This exposure
to a wide spectrum of clients with a variety of work experience has provided me with an
intimate knowledge of the key business processes within an organization, portfolio
management, sound knowledge of accounting and internal control system, corporate
governance and regulatory framework. Equally important, it has enriched me professionally
and equipped me with the traits I needed to deal with a variety of situations in an innovative,
effective and efficient manner.
I am a resident of UAE seeking job prospects that commensurate with my qualification and
work experience in a reputable organization. I can be reached anytime via email at
email@example.com or my cell phone +971-555974472 or +971-505215809. The
attached CV further explains my skills and experience and I would welcome the opportunity
to discuss as to how my qualifications may suit your organization’s needs and expectations.
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SALIM SIKANDER – ACA,
Flat no – 9, Building no 37, Al – Muteena, Dubai – United Arab
Telephone Mobile + 971 - 50 - 5215809 (Dubai); +971- 55 - 5974472 (Dubai)
E-mail Personal firstname.lastname@example.org
Visa Status Resident Visa.
Highly accomplished, results oriented Senior Finance Executive with over 9 years’ of experience in IFRS Compliant
Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, Forecasting, Budgeting, Internal and External Auditing, Internal Control
Analysis, Foreign Financial Consolidations, Banking relationships, Due diligence and Mergers and Acquisitions.
Strategic thinker with proven ability to grow business and improve operations. Decisive, proactive, possess a reputation
for strong leadership and team-building achievements. Other experience includes world-class ERP implementation,
Working Capital Improvements, streamlining inefficient processes and strong analytical skills.
Able to exercise own initiative as well as work as part of a team. Proven leadership skills for managing and motivating
teams to achieve work objectives effectively and efficiently.
Particulars Institute Year Status /Achievement
The Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
2008 Qualified in December 2008. (Master of Finance Equivalent
from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan).
The Institute of Internal Auditors
2010 Member since 2012.
Pakistan Institute of Public
Finance Accountants (PIPFA)
2009 Member since 2009.
University of Karachi 2003 Secured overall 3rd position in the Examinations.
School Certificate (A
levels equivalent) –
Board of Intermediate Education,
2001 Obtained 73% marks.
Certificate (O levels
Board of Secondary Education,
1999 Obtained 76% marks.
CURRENT WORK EXPERIENCE
(Head of Controlling – Nov 2011 to Jan 2015)
(Head of Finance – Feb 2015 onwards)
Currently I am working as a Head of Finance – Middle East Region in Kuoni Destination Management which is the
"World’s Leading Destination Management Company"and responsible for looking after Kuoni entities operative in
Dubai, Oman and Jordan. Leading a team of Controllers & accountants and is directly reporting to divisional Finance
head, my key responsibilities are:
Review and coordination of the divisions monthly, quarterly, half yearly and annual internal reporting to the local
management and external reporting to the Group in Zurich, Switzerland.
Lead the process of the annual budgeting and quarterly forecasting for the KDM Middle East division on a global basis.
Review and Analyze the Organization Financial Performance, comparing the same with the Budget / Forecast analyzing
variance analysis along with sharing valuable suggestions on how to find synergies so as to be effective and efficient.
Establishing and strengthening systems for sound internal controls based on Group guidelines and corporate policies.
Working capital management and monitoring of cash flow.
Leading external and internal audit exercises.
Maintenance of relationships with Banks.
Ensuring compliance with audit and tax regulations.
Evaluation of risks and provide support in risk management solutions to the Business.
Develops and implements policies, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the operational areas and monitors
performance to insure effectiveness and efficiency of the programs.
Responsibility for the financial controlling of group companies and leading the implementation and execution of the
global divisional controlling function.
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Preparation and review of business cases in the context of capex, business development and M&A activities.
Lead the Operation and financial implementation of new automated systems and procedures and managed the ongoing
development of various applications;
Represents the finance team in various training activities. Furthermore, trained the Finance team along with other
members of the organization.
Initiates and participates in special studies of accounting and fiscal systems, practices and procedures; gives advice for
professional accounting work of unusual difficulty.
Reorganized the entire finance function so as to synergize the workflow. Saved an amount of approx. AED 1M per
Automized the Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and General Ledger functions so as to make processes more
efficient and effective.
Strengthen the banking relationship and improved the payment means by introducing E-Banking channels and Virtual
Core contributor to the integration process into the greater group organization (led the financial integration of Reem
Tours and Travel LLC into Desert Adventures Tourism LLC).
Improved the Management reporting formats so as to give clear, concise and accurate picture of the business which
helped the management to take better business decisions.
HEAD OF INVESTMENTS (OCTOBER 2010 OCTOBER 2011)
Worked as a Head of Investment Department in The Aga Khan University Hospital an integral part of The Aga
Khan Development Network (AKDN). I was reporting directly to Director Investments and Chief Finance Officer. My
key responsibilities are:
Investment Portfolio Management of Hospital and University Funds, Endowment Funds and Employees Retirement
Funds of over Rs. 10 billion in total;
Develop proposals and reports for investments of excess funds based on analysis of investment banks & research
houses and trends in the Money / Stock Market and to get maximum mileage on idle funds;
Pre-empt funding needs and anticipated inflow/ outflow of funds for operations as well as construction projects and
mange them accordingly;
Review meeting papers for the monthly investment committee meetings
Supervise operational activities of the department like General Ledger maintenance, approval of bank reconciliation
and other routine statements;
Follow-up on corporate matters and fulfill filing requirements of Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan.
Establishing interpretive and predictive financial models to assist business decisions.
Preparation and analysis of statutory accounts;
Budget Preparation and Monitoring.
I was also involved in the transformation of the Defined Benefit Gratuity Scheme into Defined Contribution Scheme
for the Hospital and University Employees. The major responsibilities included the drafting of Trust Deed and Rules,
Actuarial Valuation, drafting letters and communications to seek approval from Trustees, Board and FBR and
Bifurcating the Gratuity Portfolio into Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Scheme and reviewing the yearend
ASSURANCE, TAX AND BUSINESS ADVISORY SERVICES (ABAS) WITH PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS -
(April 2004 – September 2010)
I was associated with the leading Chartered Accountant firm A. F. Ferguson & Company., Chartered Accountant, a member firm
of Karachi office, Pakistan and completed my four year mandatory training period working in various capacities. I have also
worked as Senior Associate in PWC – Saudi Arabia from January 2008 to April 2008. I report to the Manager Audit and Business
Advisory Services and my key responsibilities includes:
Lead teams through the planning and supervision of audit engagements, assessment of business and audit risks of
clients, execution of statutory audits and other assurance engagements.
Engagement management, client relationship management, on-job training and professional development of staff, co-
ordination with professionals in various fields like legal, actuarial and IT experts and decision-making for resolution of
critical reportable matters.
Assisting the clients in preparation of financial statements in accordance with the IFRS and relevant statutory
Preparation of management letters to identify significant weaknesses of internal control system of our clients and
recommending improvements therein.
Ensuring compliance with the Code of Corporate Governance for listed companies and advising client on the
development of system for the monitoring and reporting of compliance with the Code.
Experience in the ABAS Group of the firm has enabled me to develop a comprehensive understanding of the
competitive and regulatory environments of diversified industries and the accounting and internal control systems
implemented at various organizations. Few engagements performed during my training period in different capacities
including Audit Senior (Team Leader), are as follows:
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JEDDAH OFFICE, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA (FOREIGN SECONDMENT)
January 2008 to April 2008
Served in the ‘Assurance & Business Advisory Services’ group on a foreign secondment. My experience at the Jeddah office has
enabled me to develop an understanding of the regulatory environment. Interaction with clients has led to an increased
understanding of the multinational cultures prevalent, which has in turn helped me to further develop my interpersonal skills. The
most significant corporate clients that have contributed to my professional growth in Jeddah include:
o Binzagr Unilever Limited.
o E.A Juffaili & Brothers Group of Companies:
- E.A Juffaili & Brothers for Tyres Company Limited.
- The Gulf Acrylic manufacturing Company Limited
o Al – Batool International Trading Company (Savola Group of Companies)
o Al Kawther Industries Company Limited.
A. F. FERGUSON & CO. Chartered Accountants, a member firm of
April 2004 to
INDUSTRY WISE EXPERIENCE OF AUDIT AND BUSINESS ADVISORY SERVICES
NAME OF INDUSTRY / CLIENT
Consumer Goods & Oil and Gas
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum and Exploration (KUFPEC)
Shell Gas Limited (SGL)
British Petroleum Pakistan, Inc. (BP)
Pak Arab Pipeline Company Limited (PAPCO)
British Oxygen Company Limited (BOC)
Engro Vopak Terminal Limited (EVTL)
Coca Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited (CCBPL)
Information Technology, Telecommunication &
Finance, Insurance and Airline Industry
Callmate Telips Telecom Limited (CTTL)
Bolan Castings Limited (BCL)
Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance (RSA)
Shaheen Air International Limited (SAIL)
New Hampshire Insurance Company Limited.
PICIC Assets Management Company
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMPUTER SKILLS:
User level knowledge of ERP Solution PeopleSoft, Oracle, Iscala and SAP.
Extensive use of Microsoft office as tool for preparing business reports, budgets, correspondence and
Working knowledge of Lotus Notes, as a communication tool.
Extensive use of pwc audit tool ‘MyClient’ to implement the PwC Audit Methodology and ‘Smart Statements’ to
help in ensuring proper preparation of financial statements.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING:
Attended workshop on Treasury – Audit, Internal Control Issues and newly announced Standards.
Attended various trainings and workshops on PwC’s Integrated Audit Approach, Audit Methodology, IFRS and
International Standards on Auditing (ISA) and their implementation strategies, Tax structure in Pakistan and
Corporate Law matters.
Attended a course of “Computer Practical Training (CCPT)” of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan,
which includes MS Windows and MS Office (all components).
Attended a certificate course on “Presentation Skills Training Course (PSTC)” of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Pakistan.
EXTRA CURRICULARS REFERENCES
Interested in various sports such as Cricket and Hockey.
Engage in various community activities.
Listening to Music and watching Movies.
Teaching to CA Students in Karachi and UAE.
References will be provided on request.
Date of birth : December 24, 1983
Nationality : Pakistani
Languages : English & Urdu
Geographical work exposure : UAE, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia
Marital Status : Married
Sex : Male
Three Months’ Notice.