• VP & GM Automotive Industry

    Location US-IL-Northbrook
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    # of Openings
    Job Category
    Executive Management
  • Overview

    UL is seeking an Automotive Industry Lead/GM with deep automotive ecosystem experience to develop the overall enterprise vision and strategy, lead business planning and development efforts across the enterprise, and represent UL in the market for our emerging automotive business. As the automotive industry undergoes a radical transformation, the need for strong technology leadership and safety compliance expertise is becoming more evident, and UL is stepping up to this challenge. This position reports to the Connected Technologies BU President and will first be tasked with growing UL’s automotive business through the understanding of our existing services and the creation of new offerings through organic and inorganic growth. The Automotive Industry Lead/GM will hire a small team and partner with the other Divisions to expand our presence in the automotive space. Once the business has reached critical mass as assessed by UL Leadership, this role may become the Automotive Divisional General Manager.


    In this position, the Automotive Industry Lead/GM will be responsible for the following –


    Vision and Strategy:

    • Identify and understand the right internal and external stakeholders in the automotive ecosystem.
    • Develop a clear view of the most critical stakeholder needs, pain points, and industry demand drivers for UL to prioritize and address.
    • Recommend how UL will play, lead, and win in this market.
    • Understand the enterprise-wide automotive P&L and what future financial success can look like (long-range plan).

    Business planning and development:

    • Collaborate with divisional and regional business development colleagues and corporate functions to align on a clear, enterprise-wide, go-to-market approach.
    • Review existing UL services for automotive and how they address industry needs today.
    • Develop a consolidated view of what a winning portfolio looks like.
    • Identify opportunities to fully address the needs of the automotive ecosystem.
    • Develop business plans to address these opportunities through organic investments, partnerships, acquisitions, etc.
    • Lead or participate in the execution of these business plans as appropriate (note that some investments may be owned by automotive while others may be owned by other stakeholders / divisions depending on appropriate business fit).
    • Perform key account management duties as appropriate.
    • Develop strong relationships with key stakeholders (OEMs, suppliers, industry groups, etc.).
    • Lead all market and competitive intelligence activities including industry analysis, stakeholder insight generation, etc.

    General Manager (once business has reached critical mass):

    • Lead the enterprise-wide automotive business for UL
    • Manage the overall automotive P&L.
    • Establish an automotive organization / structure / framework with careful alignment with other divisions, regions, and corporate functions to ensure zero conflict.
    • Manage division-owned commercial and fulfilment operations.
    • Collaborate with all stakeholders as appropriate (for example, on services delivered by other divisions, collaborate to ensure seamless fulfilment).


    • Previous Business Development and/or General Manager experience.
    • Expert understanding of the automotive industry, particularly on current and future trends such as electrification, connectivity, autonomy, security, etc.
    • Experience in the automotive compliance area strongly preferred.
    • Strong relationships within the automotive ecosystem, particularly with players focused on the current and future trends.
    • Strong business acumen and ability to think strategically.
    • Proven ability to collaborate in a global matrix environment.
    • Ability to positively influence others and build harmonious working relationships.
    • International experience strongly preferred.


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