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Product Owner(myUL)

Company: UL
Location: Evanston
Posted on: September 6, 2021

Job Description:

General – Green Earth – 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!

  • Guide the myUL development team by defining the vision, value and context of “why” behind product capabilities/features and help to plan “how” to best deliver them  
  • Work closely with the myUL Product Manager and software engineering, following Agile principles, to help define requirements/user stories, incorporate feature requests, estimate development effort and prioritize/groom backlog items  
  • Collaborate with the myUL Product Manager on roadmap management and release planning.  
  • Work with myUL UI/UX/Designers to generate wireframes and prototypes to support user stories and product demonstrations 
  • Facilitate sprint planning and work alongside the myUL Scrum Master to ensure that commitments are met and any re-prioritization decisions are fully informed  
  • Support the myUL development team throughout the development cycle by elaborating user stories and advising on priorities. Keep track of industry best practices and continuously suggest process efficiencies for the development team.  
  • Organize the end-of-sprint demos to communicate to internal stakeholders the output of each sprint. Validate whether features have been completed and decide when they will be released  
  • Support myUL development of the technical product collateral, such as release notes and online help content 
  • Actively model and promote a set of desired behaviors aligned with UL’s CBS 
  • Take ownership of own career and professional development by documenting and communicating career aspirations and any associated development needs to their manager 
  • Support an efficient cross-functional matrix structure to enable effective product development lifecycle 
  • Execute a robust set of processes, focused on product development, release management and product support 
  • Leverage a standard set of product management and software development tools  

  • University Degree (Equivalent to Bachelor's degree) in Computer Science, Business, or a related discipline 
  • 5 years or more of related discipline experience or demonstrated competency  
  • Working with remote teams is highly preferred 
  • Project or product management certification is a plus



Skills & Expertise


  • Facilitation skills – ability to lead small to medium groups of internal stakeholders towards desired outcomes in order to meet business objectives 
  • Strong communication and presentation (PowerPoint) skills 
  • Product management tools  product design (e.g. InvisionZeplin), development task management (e.g. Jira, Azure DevOps), documentation and knowledge (e.g. Confluence, SharePoint), collaboration (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Slack), roadmap and portfolio management (e.g. Aha!, Daptiv)   
  • Scrum/Agile training and/or certification is highly preferred 

  • 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. 

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