Senior Product Manager

Location US-IL-Northbrook
Job ID
2022-30257
# of Openings
1
Job Category
Product Management

 

General – Green Earth – 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!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Direct, plan and coordinate product management activities for the Enterprise and Advisory (E&A) businesses; including establishing, maintaining and grooming strategic product roadmaps, establishing/leading the future product management team, and establishing/onboarding toward new product management processes and governance.
  • Support the product leadership team and provide input and work with product development and technology teams across the E&A businesses.
  • Lead/participate on product management and technology due diligence efforts as part of acquisition and investment activities.
  • Support, mentor and contribute the E&A product management teams on improving product management processes and procedures, describing how value will be delivered to the customer/user, how the product is differentiated from the competition, and what the business model should be.
  • Assist the E&A product teams on prioritizing product features into an overall E&A strategic product roadmap   
  • Help define and monitor a set of product goals, outcomes and corresponding metrics (KPIs) to continually evaluate and measure performance.
  • Evangelize and communicate the product vision, strategy and goals internally across the organization, as well as externally with clients and prospects
  • Drive a customer-centric, product focused approach toward delivering software solutions that provide the end-user/customer value.

Product Organization and Processes:

  • Support an efficient cross-functional matrix structure to enable effective product development lifecycle
  • Implement a robust set of processes to power all parts of the product management lifecycle from research/discovery to release management and product support
  • Contribute to the discovery, adoption and standardization of product management tools to be used across the product organization at each of the stages of the lifecycle
  • Work directly with architects, software engineers, user experience designers, data scientists and other product managers/owners to deliver software within an agile / scrum methodology.

Team Building and Culture:

  • Actively model and promote a set of desired behaviors aligned with UL’s Critical Behavior’s of Success (CBS)
  • Take ownership of own career and professional development by documenting and communicating career aspirations and any associated development needs to their manager
  • Support career development needs of direct reports, by clearly defining expectations for their current role, actively soliciting their career aspirations and helping close any gaps

People Management

  • Report to the Director of Product Management & Architecture in E&A
  • Build a team of product managers that will support the E&A product management scope of work

 

What makes you a great fit:

  • University Degree (Equivalent to Bachelor's degree) in Computer Science, Business, or a related discipline
  • MBA or equivalent advanced degree is a plus
  • 5-7 years or more of related discipline experience or demonstrated competency
  • Experience managing product teams (both FTE and contractor)
  • Experience working directly with architects, software engineers, user experience designers, data scientists and other product managers/owners to deliver software within an agile / scrum methodology.
  • Working with remote teams
  • Project management experience and background
  • Familiarity with sourcing and procurement to onboard new vendors/partners across all technology facets (product management, engineering, data science, user experience, architecture, etc.)
  • Familiarity with product funding processes and business case development as part of funding requests (including value chain analysis, net present value calculations, ROI, etc.)
  • Facilitation skills – ability to lead groups of internal and external stakeholders of all sizes towards desired outcomes in order to meet business objectives
  • Interview skills – ability to conduct discovery sessions with clients. prospects and stakeholders in order to diagnose business opportunities, elicit requirements and conduct other types of research
  • Strong communication and presentation (PowerPoint) skills
  • Product management tools – product management (Aha!), development task management (e.g. Jira, Azure DevOps), documentation and knowledge (e.g. Confluence, SharePoint), collaboration (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Slack), and portfolio management (e.g. Aha!, Daptiv) 
  • Formal training and/or certification in Product Management is a plus (SAFe, Pragmatic, etc.)

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: 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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