Senior Manager Accounting & Compensation-Hybrid

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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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:

This role is hybrid based out of our Northbrook, IL office


Reporting into the Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting, the Senior Manager leads the accounting processes for compensation related areas including stock-based compensation, sales incentives, equity accounting, employee benefits and internal business analysis across the global UL Solutions enterprise.  The Senior Manager also will be a key partner in our global payroll projects and other system requirements. The candidate will partner cross-functionally with Human Resources, Legal, FP&A and Technical Accounting to accomplish shared objectives.


The Senior Manager is a visible position and requires a proactive self-starter with the ability to effectively interact, communicate, and present results, ideas and concepts clearly with multiple departments and to all levels within the organization.


  • Responsible for the establishment, monitoring and maintenance of the accounting and reporting processes related to compensation programs including payroll, variable compensation, stock-based compensation, and key employee benefits.


  • Interpret compensation program design and collaborate with Human Resources, Legal, FP&A and Technical Accounting teams to determine the impact of compensation programs on results.


  • Establish and maintain compliance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles by
    providing technical accounting guidance on a variety of compensation-related subjects, as needed.


  • Own global compensation and benefits financial data quality. Prepare accurate and reliable commentary and analysis with insight to drivers and trends that impact financial results.


  • Establish processes to enhance operational efficiency including the design and implementation of internal controls under SOX and maintenance of compensation-related policies and procedures.


  • Identify and support implementation of process improvements, including IT system implementations related to stock-based compensation, employee benefits and payroll, performing user acceptance testing as necessary.


  • Collaborate with external consultants as required, including actuaries, valuation experts and service providers; own information provided to external consultants, as well as any related reporting.


  • Provide assistance to external auditors as needed throughout the year.


  • Performs other duties as directed.



What makes you a great fit:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline


  • US CPA required


  • 8+ years of experience in global corporate accounting roles and public accounting is preferred


  • Strong knowledge and understanding of applicable areas of US GAAP. Relevant accounting experience in stock-based compensation, pensions, and other employee benefit topics is preferred.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are necessary to present key topics to executive leadership (including Chief Accounting Officer and CFO).


  • Strongly proficient in Excel. Experience with Oracle FCCS or Fidelity benefits is a plus.


  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated as well as a collaborative team player.


  • Must be highly organized, accurate and detail-oriented, ability to manage numerous deliverables simultaneously.


  • 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: In the US, we provide lots of great benefits for our employees are their families. All employees are eligible for bonus compensation in addition to their annual salary. Many US employees are eligible to enroll in health, wellness and retirement saving benefits on day one of employment. We focus on providing employees with options for healthcare savings such as Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts (that UL contributes to twice per year!). We also have Employee Assistance Programs to support your mental health & wellbeing. UL offers a competitive 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. UL supports workplace flexibility based on team & business needs focused on provide employees stability – employees and managers work together to build a plan. 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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