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Ashit Ahluwalia

Senior HR Executive

Dubai

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Work Experience

Senior HR Executive

Shalina Healthcare
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Dubai
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June 2009 to April 2012

June 2009 - April 2012 
 
http://www.shalinahealthcare.com/ 
 
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)
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Dubai
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December 2008 to April 2009

December 2008 - April 2009 
 
http://www.nakheel.com/ 
 
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
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Dubai
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March 2008 to November 2008

March 2008 - November 2008 
 
http://www.nakheel.com/ 
 
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
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Paris (75)
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September 2005 to January 2008

September 2005 - January 2008 
 
http://parisgallery.com/ 
 
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
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Dubai
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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
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Redlands, CA
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April 2001 to July 2004

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

Business Development Executive

Ebullient Solutions, LLC
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Houston, TX
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October 2000 to March 2001

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

Education

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 -
Dubai

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.