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Program Manager

Company: UL
Location: Evanston
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Job Description:

General – Network Red Background – Safer World


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!


Provide project management skills to the Digital Team's Innovation workstream to deliver the promised value to the organization and providing feedback to the organization on how to continually improve our project management.  This is an opportunity to work with new innovative technologies including AI/ML.

  • Coordinate and contribute to the development of the project charter

  • Lead workstream/initiative planning activities in partnership with business and functional leaders, and under the guidance of the workstream

  • Ensure project remains within budget, on schedule with the documented scope

  • Track project delivery to business value targets set in the project charter

  • Drive daily, operation delivery of an initiative(s) to deliver expected outcomes and value within the defined governance structure and processes

  • Develop, monitor, and report on detailed work plans including activities, milestones, dependencies metrics, and deliverables

  • Identify, monitor and report risks and issues to workstream/initiative delivery, and escalate as appropriate

  • Coordinates dependencies with other workstreams or initiatives, as appropriate

  • Provide clear status updates

  • Serve as the primary contact for workstream/initiative activities, questions, or concerns

  • Ensure for external vendors there is a clear Statement of Work with measurable deliverables and dates.

  • Ensure external vendors are integrated into the project team.  

  • Work with senior team members on  any performance or personnel issues with external vendors.  

  • Provides overall leadership and support to the project team

  • Indirectly manage project resources to accomplish project scope


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience with basic data science or machine learning principles
  • Preferred: PMP, Prince 2, and/or Agile certifications preferred but not required with related hands on delivery experience
  • Six or more years of experience with a track record of successfully completing structured projects.
  • Experience in leading projects and programs in strategy deployment, operations improvement, technology projects
  • Strong project management skill including familiarity with of multiple project approaches (e.g., waterfall, agile), collaboration techniques, and a working knowledge of organizational change management
  • Experience in project financial and resource planning, reporting, prioritization, and budgeting
  • Experience partnering with businesses and functions to foster collaboration and provide support
  • Experience leading teams of people, preferably indirect leadership
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and proven ability to work effectively with all organizational levels
  • Ability to achieve broadly communicated objectives with a minimal amount of supervision
  • An independent problem-solver that can make high quality judgements and decisions quickly with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to facilitate discussions and ask questions to ensure the team continues to consider the expected outcomes and business results
  • Ability to escalate difficult messages and resolve conflict
  • Ability to innovate under new and/or changing conditions
  • Strong analytical and financial skills
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place. Business related travel on behalf of UL requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination

  • 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.

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. 

Keywords: UL, Evanston , Program Manager, Other , Evanston, Illinois

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