Director, Marketing Operations

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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 Director of Marketing Operations to join our UL Research Institutes.


The Director of Marketing Operations leads a team that is responsible for end-to-end marketing optimization and building a foundation for marketing excellence through the organization of process, technology, and resources, allowing the communications function to efficiently scale with quality and consistency. The role will oversee the marketing infrastructure including project planning, system governance, and provide operational support to the communication functions through process improvement, marketing technology tools/solutions, and measurement support. The Director of Marketing Operations works closely with other directors, leaders and colleagues across UL Research Institutes (ULRI) and UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE) to advance their respective communications strategies.


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At UL Research Institutes (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 Director of Marketing Operations you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL as you:

  • Lead the end-to-end marketing operations function, optimizing and building a foundation through the organization of process, technology, and resources.
  • Attract, retain, structure, motivate and lead a proactive, collaborative marketing operations team.
  • Manage the marketing technology stack and provide recommendations for system additions, enhancements, or upgrades/downgrades.
  • Lead analysis of system investments and marketing analytics to assess impact across various internal and external communication platforms.
  • Lead the goal setting process with the communications leadership team.
  • Lead all of marketing operations both live and virtual strategy; support organization with audience experience strategy.
  • Provide analyses and interpretations of campaign data and market insights to identify key drivers for improvement and ensure visibility and analysis of results.
  • Lead the planning, budgeting, and forecasting for the communications department in partnership with the communications leadership team.
  • Lead continued optimization for website and all digital touchpoints, including social media profiles, landing pages, and funnel related activities.
  • Ensure strong cross-functional partnerships across the two organizations.
  • Perform other duties as directed and represent the communications function as needed in key cross-functional strategic enterprise initiatives, events and transformation projects.

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:

  • Expert and disciplined written and verbal communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong collaborator, effective facilitation, project planning and management skills.
  • Ability to build operations-based strategies and communication flows that are efficient and drive success for the team
  • Manage and deliver clear, impactful communications to stakeholders.
  • IT knowledge required to identify and manage needed infrastructure support and software support solutions.
  • Leadership, initiative, and influence skills with advanced strategic thinking to create alignment and buy-in with multiple stakeholders and deliver results in a matrixed organization.
  • Positive and collaborative attitude and interpersonal skills to work effectively with leaders and colleagues across the organization, as well as outside the organization.
  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, while being flexible, collaborative and deadline driven.
  • Ability to support and counsel senior-level executives.
  • Ability to influence without authority and motivate others toward common objectives.
  • Team-building skills and ability to manage and motivate staff.

 Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising, Communications, or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of related discipline experience or demonstrated competency.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in managing teams and direct reports by assessing and prioritizing projects. Experience working with diverse, global teams strongly preferred.
  • Experience with digital tools and processes required. Experience with Marketo and/or Salesforce preferred.
  • Experience in establishing global website strategy, including ongoing management and optimization to meet key business results.
  • Expertise with marketing automation and CRM solutions.
  • Experience with message development and message distribution via myriad channels

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 & Engagementare 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:

About UL Research Institutes


UL Research Institutes is a nonprofit organization 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.


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