IT Strategic Portfolio Manager - Program Manager

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Information Technology


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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:

Responsible for the management of UL Enterprise IT's portfolio of projects and programs. Develops and executes IT strategies in support of the IT Portfolio. Manages the development and establishment of UL's Enterprise Program Management process. 

  • Oversees all steps of Enterprise Program Management process to ensure conformance with established policies standards.
  • Creates a portfolio roadmap of all projects that require IT resources that actually helps solve a problem or creates an opportunity for innovation, balancing portfolio capacity over time and forecasting supply and demand.
  • Develops recommendations for a realistic Portfolio plan, with short and long-term planning, given the demand for projects/programs and resources
  • Establishes a Portfolio Lifecycle
  • Monitors strategic changes, resource allocation/demand, performance results, internal/external environments (or uncertain environments) and any risk to the portfolio
  • Performs periodic Health checks of the portfolios
  • Establishes KPIs to measure and monitor and to oversee performance reporting and analytics for the portfolio (progress updates, trends and patterns) in order to make informed decisions
  • Establishes and Lead/Facilitate a Portfolio Governance Board to determine the governance practices in order to provide appropriate leadership, oversight and decision making
  • Collaborates with Finance to ensure spend/benefits are tracking to be aligned with portfolio
  • Collaborates with Senior Business Advisors and Portfolio Stakeholders
  • Collaborates with Business to foster a culture that embraces change
  • Collects Lessons Learned for future portfolio planning

Manages the performance of direct reports by defining accountabilities, establishing performance objectives, providing feedback and guidance, and ensuring that all policies are understood and followed

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree in Computer Science or a related discipline plus generally five years of directly related portfolio experience.
  • Some employee management or project management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform management functions such as: managing staff performance through development of performance standards, managing employee relations issues, identifying training needs and planning to address those needs, planning staff levels, assisting in long range operational planning, recommending annual operating goals and budgets, developing strategies to achieve goals, and maintaining budget performance.
  • Detailed knowledge of the delivery of quality IT programs and projects, Strategic Portfolio Management and Program and Portfolio Management processes.

 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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