Global Cyber Security Operations Director

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Information Technology


Tech.Software.IMS.Cyber – Code – Secure

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:

The Security Operations Director (SOD) leads the company’s Digital Security efforts and directs the global cybersecurity operations required to protect UL systems, data and intellectual property. The SOD serves on the department core leadership team and supports senior management with the development of department strategies, policies and procedures. The SOD leads a global security team that is dedicated to protecting UL’s assets in all regions of the world.The SOD works with UL executives and senior business leaders to develop strategies and implement solutions that provide exceptional value and support the enterprise’s overall business priorities and objectives.  The role requires the SOD to keep close working relationships with UL customers, UL vendors, law enforcement officials and government agency personnel as well as industry associations and other stakeholders.



  • Develop the long-term security roadmap that outlines UL’s strategic security vision.
  • Assess current security practices and systems and identify areas for improvement.
  • Engage with business leaders and other stakeholders to align security priorities across functions.
  • Build effective partnerships and working relationships with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Continuously learn and educate all levels of the organization on the latest security risks, strategies and technologies. Communicate regularly with business leaders to raise security protection awareness across the company.
  • Provide leadership, guidance and coaching to build and maintain a high-performance global security team; serve as a member of the department’s core leadership team.
  • Assume accountability for security operations and project deliverables while leading through subordinate managers.
  • Provide technical subject matter expertise on all matters relating to enterprise security.
  • Implement security solutions while meeting business needs.
  • Report on and manage security incidents and responses.
  • Prioritize, direct, and participate in security audits, risk assessments and responses.
  • Provide leadership on complex issues and ensure appropriate solutions are implemented; direct the resolution of highly complex problems by applying advanced critical thinking skills.
  • Ensure compliance with security-related regulations and requirements.
  • Demonstrate a proven, sound decision-making process and the ability to influence others through strong interpersonal skills, underlined by superior judgment.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a proven ability to work effectively with all organizational levels.
  • Read and follow the UL Code of Conduct and follow all physical and digital security practices; ensure subordinates act with integrity and in compliance with UL policies.
  • Work with management and finance to develop and effectively manage department and project budgets.
  • Perform other duties as directed.


What makes you a great fit:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (e.g., MBA, master’s degree in the sciences, or master’s degree in computer science, information technology) or at least 10 years equivalent work experience in a global organization.
  • Professional security management certification is desirable, including: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) or other similar credentials.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as: Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry/Data Security Standard, GDPR, and PIPL.
  • Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, and NIST, including 800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework, MITRE - ATT&CK framework.
  • Sound knowledge of business management and a working knowledge of information security risk management and cybersecurity technologies.

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 127 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 and benefits commensurate with the standard rewards offered in each individual location or country, for the relevant position level. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday and sick time off.


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