Manager Finance

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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Strategic Support.Finance - Bar Chart - Build It

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:

As partner of the Leadership team, reporting to the Finance Leader, the Finance Manager advises on growth, operational efficiency and value, provides financial analysis for the area of responsibility. Provides strong business support with a focus on helping to provide high client-value recommendations on operational efficiencies and improvements and provide decision support via good business and analytical acumen. Responsible for all aspects of the financial analyses and implement recommendations to improve financial performance and profitable outcomes.


Advises the team through challenging responsibilities including MD&A, budgeting, projections, and capital investment governance, resource allocation and analysis.  Communicates with all levels of staff and collaborates with various departments to help them plan and manage their own budgets and improve their financial outcomes.


Play a critical role during periods of change and growth in coordinating with Corporate and Finance in managing within company policies regarding capital investments, inorganic growth, post investment evaluations and special projects including system implementations and process improvement.




  • Ability to collaborate at various levels of the enterprise, and provide to leadership the decision support to optimize financial performance.


  • Work with leadership to grow the business, formulating plans that accomplish their strategic goals, including supporting the development of robust projection systems, order visibility, resource allocations, sourcing decisions and business KPI’s and indicators.


  • Lead the development of financial metrics to guide the implementation of the strategy across all areas. Challenging assumptions as appropriate and providing financial analysis and guidance on all activities, plans, targets and business drivers. Help identify areas for potential cost savings or improved efficiency/effectiveness.


  • Support service delivery it’s in developing & maintaining a consistent and transparency cost allocation methodology for allocation costs to the Customer operating units to drive the right enterprise behavior.


  • Evaluates the financial impact of business opportunities in a thorough and concise manner, which may include projected return on investment / payback periods for proposed capital expenditures or other investments. Compiles and prepares reports, graphs and charts of data developed. Leads review and approval of capital expenditures.


  • Hands-on position, while being a key partner in integration and transformation efforts.


  • Present analyses and findings Business/Operating Unit leadership.


  • Supports M&A analyses of potential growth opportunities and assist with the integration of acquisitions as needed.


  • Responsible for developing annual budgets, projections and Annual Business/Revenue Summit.


  • Provide leadership and guidance to Leadership Team to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction and profitable business performance.
  • Works across functions and regions on shared objectives to meet profitable growth incl. efficient resource allocation.


  • Working with Corporate, shared service accounting and other units for matters related to the area of responsibility.


  • Working with GM and Finance Leader on Long-Range Planning, Financial Planning & Analysis, Compliance with Corporate Accounting and Internal Controls, and other related financial activities.


  • Assist in the development of new or expanded services


  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree in Accounting, Finance or equivalent Professional qualification such as CPA, CMA or CA plus generally eight years directly related work experience in a global matrixed organization with minimal one year leadership responsibilities.


  • Superior quantitative and analytical capabilities with Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills; Strong financial systems capabilities for e.g. HFM, CMR, SAP or similar


  • Ability to combine quantitative & qualitative analysis; to think critically, listen reflectively, consider many points of view on a topic, recognize connections & disparate actions, to guide leaderships decision making process.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills (including ability to recognize best mode(s) for communicating based on the audience and the situation), negotiation and interpersonal skills; distinctive ability to interact with all levels of management, clients and suppliers; communicate effectively with a global team with experience in a dynamic international environment and good proficiency in English.


  • Strong technical skills in finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control, variance analysis and service / product line profitability. Preferably in complex matrix organizations.


  • Extensive knowledge of accounting, financial planning, reporting and analysis, acquired through related work experience in increasingly complex roles.


  • Excellent financial modeling skills, good understanding of technical accounting and financial reporting skills and knowledge.


  • Adapts to changing circumstances, accepts new ideas and change initiatives, and deals effectively with ambiguity. Comfortable with large business projects and system initiatives.


  • Experience with M&A and integrations a plus.


  • Knowledge about software business a plus


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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