Senior Director, Corporate Communications

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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General - Network Red - 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!


This newly created role will direct UL’s enterprise/global corporate communications strategy and function including internal and external communication, crisis communications, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) communication, executive positioning and strategic sponsorships. This senior-level role can expect to collaborate with all levels of the organization, including senior executives, business stakeholders and marketers on the development and implementation of enterprise wide communication strategies.


You will have the opportunity to create the global communications strategy to ensure Corporate Communications is driving value for the organization and managing enterprise risk. To activate the strategy, you will shepherd in the development of communication guidelines, processes, resources and governance frameworks to ensure high quality, aligned, brand compliant communication is delivered to the market.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Provides expert counsel to senior executives and the enterprise marketing organization; responsible for global strategic planning across communication function; ensures cross-functional collaboration
  • Defines and delivers communication strategy that aligns with and activates on the UL brand strategy to build and protect UL's market presence and reputation.
  • Directs messaging and writing/editorial efforts. Champions storytelling and seeks new platforms for effective
  • Accountable for crisis management and M&A Experienced in best practices in crisis and issues management. Provides senior-level guidance.
  • Directs staffing, team development, budget planning and allocation, vendor and agency management, and ensures best practices are followed across function
  • Directs proactive and reactive media and analyst relations strategy
  • Directs and executives stakeholder management for crisis communications and major communications efforts
  • Creates and activates a stakeholder management plan, and defines measurement frameworks and ensures tracking/reporting inform ongoing optimization
  • Read and follow the UL Code of Conduct, and follow all physical and digital security practices

What makes you a great fit:

  • Degree in communication, marketing or a related field
  • Masters preferred
  • Generally 10 years or more of related discipline experience or demonstrated competency including four years or more of relevant management/leadership experience or demonstrated competency
  • Agency experience preferred
  • Crisis management background required
  • Expert and disciplined written and verbal communication; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Expert leadership skills
  • Strong facilitation, project planning and management skills
  • Expert business acumen
  • Advanced budget management
  • Expert capabilities and experience working with senior leaders
  • Strong analytical acumen
  • Skilled editor and experienced writer
  • Ability to work in a matrix environment
  • Demonstrated skill in team building and team/cross functional leadership
  • Able to understand technical and scientific issues and to translate complex information for nonscientific audiences
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience managing and/or using a wide array of internal communication tools


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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