Manager, Strategy & Portfolio Innovation

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Advisory / Consultancy


Leadership.Global.General – 3D City – 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:

The Manager is responsible as a member of the Strategy & Portfolio Innovation team to shape the strategic direction of the Testing, Inspection, & Certification (TIC) business, with a strong focus on identifying and leading enterprise-level initiatives and new business opportunities. Serves as advisor to the leadership team and supports the business leaders. Conducts environmental scans, identifies, analyzes, and plans for emerging opportunities and disruptive trends transforming the business. Responsible for market intelligence monitoring, market research, market intelligence, and knowledge management. Responsible for providing strategy, planning, development, analysis, portfolio innovation, & acquisitions support across TIC.



  • Performs market scans with a long-term view. Analyzes and interprets market research and intelligence to identify growth opportunities. Conduct industry, market, competitive, & stakeholder intelligence research & analyses.
  • Researches possible growth opportunities related to new business services, new science / technology, and new industries. Provides recommendations to the leadership team. Drives the development of strategic plans for the opportunities that have been selected for further pursuit.
  • Provides training and mentoring to UL colleagues in various businesses on topics and techniques related to strategy, particularly with respect to corporate-wide or industry best practices.
  • Work with leadership on the management of overall business strategy & long-range planning activities.
  • Supports initiatives led by other members of the team, including but not limited to market intelligence, M&A, and penetration of new regions.
  • Project manages strategy initiatives as needed.
  • Conducts appropriate due diligence to ensure the reliability of information provided by potential acquisitions targets.
  • Facilitates strategy development for specific TIC business open issues / questions.
  • Read and follow the Underwriters Laboratories Code of Conduct, and follow all physical and digital security practices.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University degree (Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree) in Business Administration, Strategy, or Strategic Marketing, or related field plus 8 years of experience.
  • Advanced degree (Equivalent to a Master’s degree) preferred.
  • Ability to work within a complex and often ambiguous environment.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with proven success in synthesizing large data sets related to a wide variety of functional business problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to express complex ideas, present results, and translate statistical and business terminology to various levels of management.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical and strategic thinking abilities.


  • 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 128 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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