• Corporate Development Director

    Location US-IL-Northbrook
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  • Overview

    Unique M&A leadership opportunity in support of UL mission to work for safer working and living environment. Reports to Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development. Position based in Northbrook, IL

     The Corporate Development Director will be responsible for leading and supporting the UL senior leadership team in transaction prospecting, valuation, due diligence, analysis, deal structuring, presentation and management of all aspects of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) process on deals ranging broadly in size. Provides team leadership for all aspects of the M&A process for acquisitions, joint ventures, investments and divestments. Develops in-depth assessments of UL and industry, customer, competitor, company and financial data on potential acquisitions. Substantial work, collaboration and presentation interaction with the senior UL leadership team, including Division, Business Unit and Corporate Function leaders. Supervises team of analysts, managers and large, internal and external cross-functional teams.

    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 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.



    • Supports business leadership team and leads large, cross-functional teams in the identification of acquisition targets and the analysis of industry, markets, customers, geographies, products, technology and competitors
    • Leads all aspects of acquisition transactions.
    • Assists with the preparation of presentations and recommendations that support the approval of acquisitions by the UL senior leadership team and the Board of Directors.
    • Manages the performance of direct reports by establishing performance objectives, managing workloads, providing career counseling, feedback and guidance and ensuring that all policies are understood and adhered to.
    • Manages multiple external relationships with transaction target companies, investment banks, external counsel and other professional advisory firms.
    • Manages the development of financial projections for acquisition targets. Performs financial analysis to determine valuations.
    • Develops evaluation criteria and analyzes acquisition target’s revenue, cost, and capital allocation trends, as well as potential benefits and risks for potential acquisitions.
    • Manages the due diligence process for acquisitions and the integration of the findings from finance, accounting, tax, legal, human resources, and operations.
    • Performs other duties as directed.



    • At least eight years of professional work experience with at least 5 years of experience in M&A-related activities. Must have worked in an M&A or Corporate Development function in a corporate environment and helped build the M&A competency within a business.
    • Must have experience leading the execution of all phases of a transaction and have completed at least ten transactions (International deals would be a plus.)
    • MBA from a top tier school and/or advanced degree in a related field.
    • Post-transaction integration skills are highly valued.
    • Ability to interpret financial statements and analyze historical performance for possible M&A opportunities and develop (and guide the development of) financial projections for income statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements and valuation models.
    • Experience and ability to gather and interpret complex information from diverse sources in a wide variety of forms. Ability to identify issues, collect data, establish facts, and present conclusions in situations where few decision-making guidelines exist.
    • Experience working with diverse functional range of business leaders. (Work experience with a Fortune 1000 and/or large private company would be a plus).
    • Experience with managing and training analysts with varying experience level is a plus.
    • Experience and ability to present information and respond to inquiries from internal or external clients, and top management.



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