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SalimSikander CV and Covering Letter - 2015 - updated


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SalimSikander CV and Covering Letter - 2015 - updated

  1. 1. July 2015 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 organization. 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 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. Regards, Salim Sikander Encls: Resume
  2. 2. Page 2 of 4 SALIM SIKANDER – ACA, CIA, APA Address  Residence Flat no – 9, Building no 37, Al – Muteena, Dubai – United Arab Emirates Telephone  Mobile + 971 - 50 - 5215809 (Dubai); +971- 55 - 5974472 (Dubai) E-mail  Personal Visa Status Resident Visa. SUMMARY  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. EDUCATION Particulars Institute Year Status /Achievement Chartered Accountant (ACA) The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) 2008  Qualified in December 2008. (Master of Finance Equivalent from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan). Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) 2010  Member since 2012. Associate Public Accountant (APA) Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (PIPFA) 2009  Member since 2009. Bachelor of Commerce University of Karachi 2003  Secured overall 3rd position in the Examinations. Higher Secondary School Certificate (A levels equivalent) – Commerce Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi 2001  Obtained 73% marks. Secondary School Certificate (O levels equivalent) – Commerce Board of Secondary Education, Karachi 1999  Obtained 76% marks. WORK EXPERIENCE: 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.
  3. 3. Page 3 of 4  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. Major Achievements:  Reorganized the entire finance function so as to synergize the workflow. Saved an amount of approx. AED 1M per annum.  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 Credit Cards.  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 financial statements. 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 requirements.  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:
  4. 4. Page 4 of 4 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 November 2008 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 & Engineering Sector 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  JP Morgan 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 presentations  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. PERSONAL AVAILABILITY  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.