Energy Laboratory Manager - Batteries

Location US-MI-Kalamazoo | US-MI-Royal Oak | US-OH-Toledo | US-MI-Holland | US-MI-Novi | US-IN-Indianapolis
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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!


Within our Energy and Industrial Automation (EIA), we provide solutions for safety, security, and performance throughout the energy, power distribution and, automation value chains. We work in a diversity of cutting-edge industries, such as: Power and Automation, Renewable Energy, Field Evaluation Services and Industrial Functional Safety. The impact of our work spreads through many business areas on a global scale yet focused locally through our collaborative team members.


UL is seeking an Energy Laboratory Manager for our battery lab in the Toledo-Kalamazoo- Fort Wayne area! 

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Laboratory safety and operations management of large-format Li-ion battery laboratory focused on Industrial and Automotive sectors
  • Managing the lab operations team performance by defining accountabilities, establishing performance objectives, providing feedback and guidance and ensuring that all policies are understood and adhered to
  • Leading the development and execution of lab operation plans, achievement of business goals including capital expenditure for labs operations, maintenance and expansion
  • Partnering with engineering management, laboratory operations team and other business units to achieve customer satisfaction and business objectives
  • Identification and resolving safety and quality risks in laboratory operations, technical inconsistency and testing accuracy issues
  • Identifying and pursuing the development of requirements for test procedures beyond the scope of existing standards and requirements involving unique features and requiring the use of independent judgment
  • Establishment of appropriate testing programs and the coordination of laboratory activities within the designated laboratory
  • Managing the development, operations, maintenance and expansion of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment
  • Implementing policies, procedures and practices mandated for the laboratories to ensure compliance to ISO 17025 as well as other defined accreditation requirements for the designated laboratory
  • Integrating continuous improvement concepts and techniques into all aspects of the job utilizing the Lean Sigma approach
  • Ensuring the UL Code of Conduct, safety procedures, physical and digital security practices are implemented and followed in the designated lab
  • Performs other duties as directed. 

What makes you a great fit:

  • University degree in Engineering or related field
  • 8 years of related experience including at least four years of relevant management/leadership experience
  • Experience in electrical, mechanical, environmental, fire and/or endurance testing for battery application in the automotive (EV) and industrial application (ESS)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the electrical and chemical hazards with Li-ion batteries
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to meet business objectives, manage teams and meet expected results within timelines, budget, and quality
  • Detailed knowledge of product testing processes and methodologies and ability to monitor and improve laboratory operations efficiency
  • Knowledge of batteries / renewable energy industry challenges and requirements
  • Specific knowledge related to automotive OEMs specifications and requirements
  • Preferable experience with test system software (e.g., PUMA, Tornado, FEVflex, etc.)
  • Knowledge about the lab accreditations is a plus
  • First 12-18 months will be remote with occasional site visits. 
  • 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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