VP HR, Total Rewards

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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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!

As UL continues its transformation, it wants to infuse strategic thinking and process excellence into its operations to ensure that it is operating at the level of scrutiny that is best-in-class. In this role, you will report to the company’s EVP & Chief HR Officer and lead a team across the total rewards function. Stepping into role, your primary initiative will be to continue elevating the function to ensure UL’s holistic total rewards offering is competitive to globally attract and retain the talent needed to thrive in today’s dynamic environment. Specific areas of focus will include executive compensation as well as Board interaction.


To be the ideal candidate, you will need expertise in all areas of total rewards, along with experience leading the function in a large, global organization. Specific experience with executive compensation will be particularly important. You should be a strategic, yet hands on leader who continuously works to improve the function. 

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Direct the overall global total rewards function to ensure programs are competitive, balanced and achieve desired behaviors and results that are closely aligned to the company’s business strategies around the world. Ensure that the function can be utilized to effectively upgrade talent and drive high performers to UL.
  • Lead executive compensation, equity planning and incentive payouts ensuring alignment with business objectives and market benchmarks.
  • Prepare and present information and materials to the company’s Board of Directors and its Compensation Committee.
  • Effectively manage compensation throughout a geographically dispersed workforce.
  • Oversee the company’s benefits offerings, ensuring that they are cost effective while delivering a positive employee experience.
  • Interact with vendors and external partners to create and maintain relationships and negotiate contracts. Partner with the legal team to ensure compliance and mitigate organizational risks.
  • Manage the development of total rewards processes and tools to perform due diligence assessment and implementation and the drive for continuous process improvement for potential merger and acquisition activities.
  • Partner with relevant stakeholders, including the CEO, CHRO and finance teams to set overall compensation strategies for the company.

What makes you a great fit:

Knowledge Base and Experience

  • Developed subject matter expertise in total rewards, including broad-based and executive compensation, benefits and Board governance.
  • Experience in executive compensation, including responsibility for preparing materials and presenting to a company’s Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrated ability to think about broader trends in the function and has and built a network of peers with whom to benchmark.
  • Managed total rewards initiatives with regard to mergers and acquisitions.
  • Operated within a large, complex and geographically distributed organization.
  • Navigated a global environment, with an understanding of how different geographies and their respective laws and nuances can influence total rewards programs.
  • Partnered directly with leaders in HR, finance and the C-suite to create a highly competitive total rewards program that attracts and retains top talent.

Professional and Cultural Characteristics

  • Strategically focused and forward thinking, while still able to roll up their sleeves to handle tactical needs to get the job done.
  • Gravitas and executive presence gained through experience. Comfortable interacting with a company’s senior leaders and board of executives on a regular basis.
  • Collaborative and communicative; breaks down silos and unites teams in support of common goals. Builds relationships across the organization.
  • Pragmatic, business-oriented leader and strategic partner who can be viewed as credible business leader with a perspective beyond total rewards. One who has the ability to understand what is driving the company and use that information to shape strategy.
  • Data oriented and analytical, able to make decisions based on numbers and distill them into easily accessible stories.
  • Innovative, brings new ideas to help advance the function. A creative problem solver who can apply marketplace insights from different channels to adjust programs and enhance results.
  • Develops and mentors members of their team; creates future leaders in the company. 


  • 15 or more years of progressive experience within the total rewards function.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Designations and certifications such as Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) are preferred. #LI-KM3

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 customer s 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: 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.

Curious? To learn more about us and the work we do, visit UL.com


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