Associate Copy Specialist

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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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:

B2B savvy copywriter who operates as a key part of an internal agency team (Creative Studio) comprised of writers, editors, designers and strategic thinkers. Ensures written text is concise, consistent, grammatically and factually correct, and on brand. Ensures that each sentence is easy to read and that concepts expressed are in a logical, sequential manner. Collaborate with our creative design team and subject matter experts from across our diverse business to devise creative concepts. Deliver outstanding, high-quality writing for use in a variety of mediums.


Your goal is to make sure all UL content is proofread and accurate to AP style. You will also be copyediting many different materials across the business. Having a understanding of different requirements per industry will be very important for this position.





  • Develop and maintain expertise on UL’s brand personality, verbal identity, style guide and guidelines and consistently deliver on-brand copy
  • Adherence to brand guidelines —tone, voice and style—and Associated Press (AP) style
  • Ensure that the organization creates powerful content that helps extend brand influence and brand equity.
  • Develop working knowledge of UL’s organization, business offerings, target audience and competitors’messaging
  • Develop familiarity with clients’ products and services, the target audience and their competitors’messaging
  • Able to provide an time estimate for job completion
  • Meet client objectives, values, budgets and deadlines
  • Passionately and curiously study copy/editorial principles and best practices. 
  • Read and follow the UL Code of Conduct, and follow all physical and digital security practices.
  • Continuously educate yourself on new content methodologies.
  • Build a strong understanding of and passion for our brand and business
  • Translate and express our brand story consistently, cohesively and powerfully
  • Help guide and support team members
  • Liaise with our internal clients from various business divisions, corporate marketing and other functions
  • Develop familiarity with clients' products and services, the target audience and their competitors' messaging


What your work might look like:

  • Copy edit and proofread, persuasive, error-free original copy in a variety of mediums, including brochures, one-sheets, white papers, articles, video scripts, infographics, trade show booth materials, presentation decks and internal documents.
  • Write headlines and review photos to ensure captions match the image —including the correct spelling of each name.
  • Review copy and makes adjustments as needed; conferring with writer to request revisions.
  • Offer advice to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the overall editorial process.
  • Ensure all content is factually correct – check name spelling, research citations and confirm URL status.
  • Proofread copy to check spelling, grammar and AP Style alignment.

What makes you a great fit:

  • A bachelor’s degree, writing, marketing or journalism emphasis preferred. Generally 3 years or more of related experience or demonstrated competency
  • Highly proficient in MS Word; SharePoint collaboration experience helpful
  • Impeccable grasp of the English language
  • Strong collaboration, teamwork, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Natural consumer of content
  • Expert knowledge of AP Style guidelines
  • Logic, creativity and imagination
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivation, flexibility, stamina and adaptability
  • Confidence, enthusiasm and determination
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • The resilience to accept criticism of your work
  • Commercial awareness with the ability to understand the target audience
  • Outstanding research and fact-checking skills
  • Copyediting and proofreading skills

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 127 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 customer s 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.

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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