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Ashit Ahluwalia

Senior HR Executive



Work Experience

Senior HR Executive

Shalina Healthcare

June 2009 to April 2012

June 2009 - April 2012 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Shalina Healthcare is a pharmaceutical company that manufactures affordable pharmaceutical & consumer products for the Sub-Saharan African region. 
Senior HR Executive 
• Responsible for the recruitment activities for the Dubai Headquarters and the African operating units. Also involved in recruitment activities for the mining division of the company. 
• Administered psychometric assessments on candidates and interpreted the results to the recruiting line manager. 
• Involved in the development of an accounting technical assessment called the Accounting Proficiency Test (APT), with the assistance of the Finance & Accounts team. 
• Involved in benchmarking projects regarding the General Intelligence Assessment (GIA) & the APT that enabled management to determine a benchmark score for the company, which also impacted the GIA & APT analysis during the recruitment process. 
• Contributed recommendations for improvements & enhancements to the company website's career page. 
• Involved in the development of the HR Policy Manual for the Dubai office and Induction Manuals for the African locations. 
• Designed & implemented an Employee Satisfaction Survey (ESS) for the financial year 2011-2012. Distributed the survey to all Dubai-based staff, tabulated & analyzed the results and presented the results, along with HR recommendations, to the Senior Management Team. Communicated the survey's findings to all the Dubai-based staff. 
• Drove the Performance Management System (PMS) by interacting with the Head of Departments & the employees in order to effectively input KPI's & KRA's and guided them with regards to the rating system. 
• Involved in analyzing the training requirements of various departments and coordinated with training vendors in order to meet the learning & development needs. 
• Created & maintained organizational structures using MS Visio. 
• Monitored & tracked headcount updates on a monthly basis. 
• Presented HR activity reports to the Senior Management Team on a monthly basis. 
• Part of the editorial team for the quarterly company newsletter (Shalina Times).

HR Executive

Nakheel - Retail (Retailcorp)

December 2008 to April 2009

December 2008 - April 2009 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Nakheel - Retail (Retailcorp) is a business unit of Nakheel that specializes in managing retail brands such as Go Sports, Joe Bloggs, IC Company's, Tonio Lamborghini Café, Grand Megaplex, etc. 
HR Executive 
• Developed various training programs for Nakheel Retail in coordination with HOD's and Nakheel L&D Department and in accordance to business strategy & objectives. 
• Ensured that Nakheel Retail employees are provided with the required training needs identified by their HOD's. 
• Worked closely with the Nakheel L&D department to drive training & development initiatives. 
• Received training feedback from the participants and analyzed & prepared evaluation reports. Prepared evaluation reports on the performance of participants during the course & analyzed the effective utilization of training. 
• Gained feedback from the respective HOD's on the effectiveness of training provided. 
• Drove the performance management & IPA program by liaising with the Line Managers to ensure a smooth process. Worked closely with Nakheel Organizational Development to drive these initiatives. 
• Assisted the Head of HR & Admin to assess short, medium and long term manpower requirements for the Company based on inputs from the business plan and from career & succession plans. 
• Drove the recruitment process by liaising with the Line Managers to ensure a smooth process. 
• Pre-screened CV's and conducted interviews in order to produce a shortlist for final interviews. 
• Prepared the manpower plan & accordingly prepared, monitored and controlled an efficient recruitment plan.

Recruitment Specialist

Nakheel - The Design Group

March 2008 to November 2008

March 2008 - November 2008 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Nakheel is a real estate developer and creator of projects such as the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali & Palm Deira), Dubai Waterfront and The World. 
Recruitment Specialist 
• Implemented a recruitment strategy and facilitated recruitment, selection and assessments in the most cost effective & efficient manner in line with business needs and policy requirements. 
• Directed the business unit's recruitment activities in order to ensure that the best candidates are selected for each role and that the recruitment process is conducted efficiently, cost-effectively and in accordance with Nakheel policies and standards. These activities included: advertising, interviewing, testing, ranking and selecting candidates, checking references and negotiating employment offers. 
• Liaised with functional or operational area managers to develop & implement local recruitment strategies such as advertisements, starting salaries and other conditions of employment that are appropriate for their business needs, but consistent with Nakheel's overall human resource strategy. 
• Selected & managed ongoing relationships with external recruitment agencies to ensure that the business unit receives satisfactory standards of service.

Recruitment Specialist (Second-In-Charge)

Al Fahim Holdings
Paris (75)

September 2005 to January 2008

September 2005 - January 2008 
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 
Paris Gallery is a retailer of luxury goods & products, such as perfumes, cosmetics, watches, sunglasses & fashion accessories. They retail exclusive brands such as Chanel, Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci, Clinique, Burberry, Etienne Aigner, etc at their outlets. 
Recruitment Specialist (Second-In-Charge) 
• Responsible for assisting the Recruitment Manager in and supervising the day-to-day operations of the Recruitment Department. 
• Active participant in the HR Team Leader & the HR Transition Teams. 
• Involved in screening, interviewing and recruiting candidates of the right caliber for the vacant positions in the organization and to ensure that the recruitment administration process is carried out in a professional and efficient manner until the new recruit joins the organization. 
• Liaised with management to identify personnel needs, job specifications, job duties, qualifications, and skills. 
• Maintained & updated the manpower plan within the designated area and recruited against the agreed manpower plans. 
• Developed recruitment ads to attract applicants and to fill specific job openings. 
• Placed job advertisements in various media. 
• Created vacancy ads on the Sniperhire recruitment system. 
• Developed & maintained a network of contacts to help identify and source qualified candidates. 
• Initiated contact with possibly qualified candidates for specific job openings. 
• Worked with external recruiters and employment agencies to identify and recruit candidates. 
• Sourced new recruitment agencies for the preferred supplier list. 
• Utilized online recruiting sources (job boards) to identify and recruit candidates. 
• Performed reference and background checks on applicants. 
• Coordinated all communications with the applicants. 
• Ensured, in conjunction with the Recruitment Administrator, that all files are up to date with all the relevant information and documentation before handing it to the HR Services department. 
• Administered & evaluated psychometric tests.

Recruitment Consultant

BAC Middle East

November 2004 to August 2005

BAC is a recruitment agency that provides professional candidates to various clients from different industries.

Marketing Executive/Software Quality Assurance Tester

EbullientGIS, LLC
Redlands, CA

April 2001 to July 2004

EbullientGIS was a consultancy that provided Geographical Information Systems solutions to its clients.

Business Development Executive

Ebullient Solutions, LLC
Houston, TX

October 2000 to March 2001

Ebullient Solutions was an IT consultancy that provided IT professionals to its clients.


MBA in Information Technology

Southern Connecticut State University -
New Haven, CT

May 2004

Bachelors of Science in Business

Oklahoma City University -
Oklahoma City, OK

August 2000

Our Own English High School -

May 1996

Additional Information

Computer Skills 
Application Software: MS Office, MS Visio, Tom-Tracks (Publishers Network System), ArcView GIS 3.2, ArcGIS 8.1, Voyager, Sniperhire.