Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Financial Planning & Analysis Manager at UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement, based in our Northbrook, IL office. The Financial Planning & Analysis Manager is responsible for leading the strategic financial and budget planning processes to ensure alignment with the organization’s financial strategy. This role provides budget recommendations on operational efficiencies and improvements to support strategic utilization of resources, guide organizational decision making, and provide analytical acumen.


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At UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement (UL), we 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 the Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL Operations as you:

  • Lead the financial and budgeting processes including annual budget projections, analysis, and development of financial metrics to inform strategic strategy across the organization.
  • Attract, retain, motivate, and lead a proactive and collaborative financial and budgeting team.
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to support their budget process and improve financial outcomes.
  • Identify areas for potential cost savings and improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Evaluate the financial impact of business opportunities in a thorough and concise manner; compile and prepare reports, graphs, and charts of financial data.
  • Support the development of robust projection systems, order visibility, resource allocations, sourcing decisions and business KPI’s.
  • Work with leadership on long-range planning, financial planning & analysis, compliance with accounting and internal controls, and other related financial activities.
  • Coordinate with other functions on special projects including system implementations and process improvements.

What makes you a great fit:

What makes you a great fit:

While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:

  • Strong technical skills in finance, accounting, budgeting and cost control, and variance analysis within a complex matrix organization.
  • Extensive knowledge of financial modeling, planning, reporting, and analysis, acquired through increasingly complex roles.
  • 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 consult with leadership on financial and budget issues.
  • Ability to combine quantitative and qualitative analysis and recognize connections between disparate actions to guide decision making process.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Adapts to changing circumstances, accepts new ideas and change initiatives, and deals effectively with ambiguity. Comfortable with large business projects and system initiatives.

Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • University Degree in Accounting, Finance, or equivalent with at least eight years of direct work experience in a global matrixed organization.
  • Professional qualification such as CPA, CMA or CA preferred.
  • Experience with Workday is preferred.

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 128 years and is deeply ingrained 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 Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement are eligible for bonus compensation. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. 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. 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:

UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement are nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Solutions, advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Solutions, which conducts testing, verification, and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world. To learn more, visit our websites and


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