Associate General Counsel - Digital Center of Excellence

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

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!

What you’ll learn & achieve:

The Associate General Counsel will:

  • Lead the legal department center of excellence for matters pertaining to digital strategy, technology transactions, software, information security, data privacy and related areas.
  • Maintain current knowledge of applicable global, federal and state privacy laws and standards and monitor advancements in information privacy technologies to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance.
  • Review and negotiate wide variety of professional services, technology development, software license, SaaS and other cloud-based services, data acquisition, use and distribution, content, and other IP-related agreements.
  • Review and negotiate data privacy and information security agreements, including EU model clause data transfer agreements, GDPR agreements/amendments, and data security terms with both UL customers and vendors.
  • Develop and improve the company’s contract templates, and optimize the efficiency of the company’s processes and workflows for reviewing and approving a variety of contracts relating to the areas identified above.
  • Collaborate with the business to develop and update risk profiles for the company’s proposed and existing offerings, acquisitions, and strategic ventures in the areas identified above.
  • Perform other legal duties as directed. 

Business Partner:

  • Provide primary legal support for Enterprise & Advisory business segment, as well as digital, IT and security functions.
  • Serve as legal department co-lead for Americas region and liaison for Americas region head.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with business segments, geographies and functions on issues relating to data privacy, information security, software and technology.
  • Demonstrate fluency in the Company’s businesses and strategy.
  • Be a valued business partner to internal clients. 


  • Collaborate with colleagues to shape and improve legal department, corporate development and other business processes to drive quality, collaboration and efficiency.
  • Develop and administer effective legal training and practical guidelines to business partners in relevant areas.
  • Manage external counsel, as necessary, in a cost-effective manner.
  • Organize and lead practice group meetings.
  • Report out on key topics on behalf of practice group at Law Department meetings.
  • Manage and develop junior attorneys and paralegals.
  • Develop practice group goals and initiatives in collaboration with Chief Legal Officer and/or Deputy General Counsel.


What makes you a great fit:

  • Juris Doctorate and U.S. Bar membership in good standing
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of legal experience with a focus on software licensing, technology transactions, data privacy and information security
  • In-depth knowledge of global privacy and data protection laws and regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • International business experience strongly preferred
  • A mix of top law firm and in-house experience preferred

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 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: 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.

Learn More:

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.
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