Human Resources Business Partner

US-IL-Northbrook | US-NY-Melville
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Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World. At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose – to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.


The Commercial & Industrial Business Unit (BU) is continuing its strong growth journey. As a result, we are looking for an HR Business Partner who will act as the primary global HR contact for the Performance Materials, Wire & Cable, and Shared Laboratories organizations, supporting the divisional VP & GMs and their global leadership teams. Under guidance of the VP HR as well as partnering with the other C&I HR Business Partners, this individual will be required to deeply understand these businesses as well as understand the C&I BU. S/he will proactively consult and advise business leadership on HR related matters within the assigned areas. S/he will also advise on the needs, development, and deployment of talent and develop strategies, plans, and actions to support Business goals and their related talent needs. S/he will support the development and management of effective systems, tools, and processes for professional talent development and succession planning, workforce planning, on-boarding, assessment, and recruitment initiatives to build and grow a talent pipeline of future leaders and key contributors across the organizations. S/he will establish and formulate partnerships across the HR function (regionally, functionally, and with our Shared Services/HR Operations and Center of Excellence teams) to deliver seamless, value-added service to leadership and employees that reflect the business objectives of the organization.

The preferred location of this role is in Northbrook, IL (northern suburbs of Chicago) and reports to the VP Human Resources – Commercial & Industrial. There are no direct reports.

The successful candidate is a critical thinker who is proactive, energetic, sharp, and is a high potential individual with the ability to continue to grow their business acumen and become a stronger business partner and HR professional. S/he must have a solid track record in effectively supporting business needs (preferably in a global capacity), be numerate, have the ability and willingness to learn to be adept at influencing leaders, drive cultural change, and someone who thrives in a fast-paced and changing environment.


  • Proactively advises Business Division Leadership on talent and other HR implications of business strategies, goals, and initiatives. With support and guidance, provides counsel and support to the Division for special projects and initiatives as determined by the business leaders, as well as HR programs, procedures, and initiatives. 
  • Working closely with the other BU HR Business Partners, the Corporate HR subject matter teams, and Regional HR teams, oversees key HR processes for the assigned Business Division, and drives their execution, including active involvement in the recruitment/staffing of key business unit talent, performance management, salary planning, the UL CBS application, leadership and management development, career and succession planning, assessment strategies and approaches, turnover analysis/retention statistics, monitoring and managing the contingent workforce, etc. 
  • Supports Business Division needs within established HR policy/regulation framework, both internally and externally.
  • Analyzes current trends (e.g. quarterly turnover, labor force availabilities, etc.) to determine appropriate actions needed that will support the Business.
  • Develops and executes sourcing/recruiting strategies in support of Business Division needs, and provides leadership for recruiting and retention of talent including attracting and retaining top talent to achieve our goals and mission while avoiding extended openings in critical positions. Partners, as required, with the regional and local HR teams to ensure fulfillment of open vacancies. 
  • Keeps abreast of current trends in Human Resources/Talent Management.
  • Develops and maintains collaborative global relationships to successfully complete team projects. Actively shares learnings, challenges, and best practices with other HR Business Partners for development of the team and for coordination at global and regional levels. 
  • Working with local/regional HR talent, Finance, M&A, etc., supports Business Unit mergers & acquisitions due diligence and integration of acquisitions.


  • University Degree (Equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree) in Human Resources Administration, Training, Organizational Development, or related field. An advanced degree is preferred as is a professional HR certification
  • Generally 6+ years of HR experience in organizational development or related HR Service functions (Staffing, Sourcing, Performance Management, Succession Planning, Leadership and Management Development)
  • Previous global HR experience desirable
  • Requires the ability to be highly collaborative and work with both regional and global teams within and outside of the HR function
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills are key to success, including strong listening, negotiation, persuasion. and facilitation skills with all levels of leadership and employees
  • Strong results-orientation, adaptability/flexibility, and willingness to express opinions and challenge status quo – but in a respectful manner
  • Strong business skills and ability to critically think, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to help the business grow and succeed
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to successfully deliver results
  • Comprehensive knowledge of labor laws (global knowledge preferred) as well as market knowledge in respect to recruitment, compensation, turnover, etc.
  • Solid knowledge of recruiting practices including sourcing, assessment, and workforce planning
  • Solid knowledge of performance management and appraisal systems
  • Solid knowledge of organization development/design and training and development including supervisory and management development
  • Ability to understand and adapt to different cultures
  • Intermediate to high level Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Fluent English language skills

Grow and Achieve. Growth and development are part of our DNA. Our working environment is a launch pad for our employees to excel. Your growth will be supported with targeted development, rewards and recognition programs, so that you can maximize your potential.




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