Market Innovation Manager – Supplier Stewardship - REMOTE

Location US-IL-Northbrook | US-NC-Research Triangle Park
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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change.


Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

Join a rapidly growing software business in a global leader for sustainability and safety solutions. This role will lead the discovery, development, and strategic direction of new business initiatives and software products for the qualification of suppliers and managing supply chain risk. You will research, design, and develop business plans and product concepts that build on UL’s global reputation, broad customer engagement, and extensive software suite to meet market challenges.  You will help evaluate a range of growth paths, including partnership models, organic, and inorganic paths, to shepherd the business into new solution verticals. 

  • Lead strategic growth priorities for the Supply Chain business, including supplier compliance & metrics, supplier risk, Corporate Social Responsibility, and supply chain transparency
  • Research and develop business plans, product concepts, and road-maps to support profitable growth for UL’s Supply Chain business
  • Champion customer-led innovation and work with large customers and critical stakeholders to build new supplier qualification solutions and service
  • Evaluate options for partnership, organic, and inorganic growth, and develop recommendations and strategic rationale for recommendations
  • Understand Data as a Service and Software as a Service business models and can help innovate solutions in these spaces
  • Builds clear business cases, including budgeting and financial forecasting, for software and data solutions in the supply chain sustainability ecosystem
  • Coordinates across UL enterprise to position Supply Chain solutions and optimize market adoption in sustainability offerings at a product and supplier level
  • Activates the development of new, innovative solutions, and leads their implementation with pilot clients
  • Conduct and participate in Client Discovery and translate learning into needs and action
  • Interacts with existing and new clients, startup-scene, partners and more to establish/maintain UL’s position as an innovative player in the supply chain stewardship market
  • Develops and coordinates executive presentations and debriefings
  • Works closely with business leadership, product management, and others to integrate, develop & launch new solutions.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree (Equivalent to Bachelor degree) required. Master’s in Business Administration or comparable preferred
  • 8+ years of professional experience. Supplier Stewardship, Supply Chain Management, Business and Strategy, and/or Software experience preferred
  • Commercial acumen, bring high standards into strategic discussions and decisions
  • Ability to combine great energy and entrepreneurship.
  • Be inquisitive and challenge the status quo
  • Clear and compelling communication skills needed
  • Curious with a demonstrated ability to engage and influence executives with a compelling value-add strategy approach
  • Desire and ability to bring stakeholders along, solicit input, and work collaboratively with leaders and teams across multiple levels and disciplines
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers, and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 


What you’ll experience working at UL:

Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new.  Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 125 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.

People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL.  We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.

Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles,  you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.

Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

Total Rewards: All employees at UL are eligible for bonus compensation. UL offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that UL contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

Working at UL is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns.


This is our every day. This is our normal.  


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