Zahid Farooq

CEO

Experience

July 2018 - Present

CEO

Advent Management Consultancies (UAE)

  • Creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and setting up the operational standards.
  • Leading, guiding, directing, and evaluating the work of senior advisors as per AMC reporting standards.
  • Ensuring the effective internal controls and appropriate systems to enable it to conduct its activities both lawfully and ethically;
  • Ensuring the high standards of professionalism, corporate citizenship and social responsibility wherever it does business
  • Creating a learning organization that will continue to grow and flourish and enhancing the skills and abilities of employees.
June 2016 – Present

Corporate Trainer

VAT (implementation & compliance)

Working as Corporate Trainer with various corporate training institutions and Tax Advisor for VAT implementation in the Gulf region. The purpose of initial training is to prepare the participants to cope with VAT implementation and compliance issue in UAE and develop a comprehensive plan to minimize its impact on the business operational and the financial performance.

Oct. 2012 – Aug. 2015

Business Consultant

Concept Business Consultants (UK)

Major accomplishments include profitability improvement consultation, risk management policies, internal control, business  valuation (M&A), tax restructuring, planning & compliance and capital restructuring for various clients in UK from retail, manufacturing and service sector.

Nov. 2007– Aug. 2014

Compliance Manager (Part-Time)

Iceland Frozen Foods Plc., UK

Served in Iceland as Compliance manager and corporate trainer, for the newly hired staff at management level. The main focus of the training was soft and technical skill development required to achieve highest KPI especially in the area of team management, succession planning, cost control, profit protection and inter audit compliance.

Experience

Jan. 2017 – Jun 2018

Director Taxation

BMS Auditing (UAE)

Coordinating and supervising the Tax team which assists both local and international top tier clients on taxation issues. In the current position, I am engaged in providing the consultation to the clients in UAE and KSA for the initial implementation and compliance for VAT and internal control procedures. As tax director, I supervised VAT implementation & Compliance project in UAE and KSA in various industrial sectors including Real Estate, Shipping, Aviation, Manpower, Trading, Manufacturing, Retail and Telecom.

Sept. 2015 – Dec. 2016

Financial Controller

Global Health and Fitness LLC (UAE)

The major accomplishments include development of risk management strategies, internal control procedures, capital planning, budgeting, IFRS/GAAP compliance and statutory audit and arranging the financial resources for the business.

March 2010 – Sept. 2012

Tax/Audit Manager

Meer & CO. Chartered Accountants, UK

Auditing

Performed and supervised various external audits for the clients from unincorporated business (sole proprietorship) to the group of companies in accordance to the IFRS/GAAP procedures. 

Taxation

Major responsibilities were included the tax planning and tax return for individuals, corporation tax, and VAT return for corporate and individuals.

May 03 – Sept. 07

Financial Advisor

Zughaibi & Kabbani Financial Consultants

The main job responsibilities were to prepare Equity research reports (using fundamental and technical analysis), preparing investment strategies and attracting new investors.

About Me

Western experienced and result driven professional consultant with more than 13 years of progressive experience in implementation and compliance of VAT, Corporate Taxation, GAAP/IFRS, accounting policies, internal control process, internal/external Audit, change management and performance improvement using the effective budgeting and resource allocation techniques. Qualified Chartered Accountant, Public Accountant and VAT Compliance. Possesses solid leadership, communication and interpersonal skills to establish relationship with all level of staff and management.

Education

UI & UX CourseMSc Finance – Investment Banking

  • University of Wales, UK

MBA (Fin.)

  • COMSATS, Institute of IT, Pak.

BSc (Hons.) Applied Accounting

  • Oxford Brookes University, UK

VAT Compliance Diploma (VCD)

  • The Association of Tax Technicians (ATT), UK

Professional Skills

Taxation 100%
US GAAP/IFRS 90%
Risk Management 92%
Financial Planning 90%
Business Valuation 95%
Performance Management 90%
Budgeting & Forecasting 85%

IT

SAGE 90%
MS Office 100%
ERP 100%
Data Analysis 95%

Personal

Mentoring/Coaching 100%
Leadership 100%
Team Management 100%
Self-motivation 100%

Memberships

ACCA, UK          2017

IPA, Australia    2013

IFA, UK             2013

ACFA, Pak.        2012

ATT (VCD)       2017

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