Standards Specialist

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At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Standards Specialist at UL Standards and Engagement.


The Standards Specialist is a multi-faceted position that supports the standards development process to develop and revise standards used to evaluate the safety of various product types ranging from common household appliances to power transmission equipment to new and emerging technologies.


This role is responsible for ensuring that accredited American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited standards development procedures are followed during the standards development projects.


UL Standards and Engagement:

At UL Standards and Engagement, we 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. Underwriters Laboratories 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:

As the Standards Specialist, you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL Standards and Engagement as you:

  • Ensuring that standards development projects proceed in a timely fashion.
  • Evaluating the assigned portfolio for standards development needs and opportunities
  • Ensuring that the organizations accredited standards development procedures are followed.
  • Engaging stakeholders in the standards development process, and work with them to ensure their input is given in a timely manner.
  • Recruiting stakeholders to participate in the standards development process.
  • Evaluates the Technical Committee membership rosters and to ensure membership consists of a balanced representative group of stakeholders. Recruits new Technical Committee members as appropriate.
  • Interact with engineers, scientists, and other technical stakeholders on a consistent basis.
  • Provides recommendations to Program Managers on their assigned portfolio of standards.
  • Collaborate with the Standards Operations Manager on training, workload, and career development. 
  • Build relationships with key stakeholders around the world. 
  • Makes independent decisions based on knowledge and available information, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrates quality, timeliness, reliability, consistency, flexibility, and accountability for all assigned tasks.
  • Applies project management practices and techniques and takes project ownership in the development and maintenance of standards requirements and oversight of deliverables.
  • Performs other duties as directed. 

What makes you a great fit:

The ideal candidate will bring several qualities to the team, including:

  • Team player that values co-operation and collaboration.  
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Maintain status updates (internal and external) to meet deadlines.  
  • Employ excellent written and verbal communication skills in internal and external communications.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions.  
  • Creative self-starter and life-long learner open to new ideas and new ways of working that is able to work with minimal supervision in a challenging, fast-paced technical environment.  
  • Common sense, good judgment, and a good sense of humor. 

 Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • University degree in a field of study including but not limited to the following: Journalism, Communications, Business Administration, Science, Engineering or a related field.  No experience required.
  • Proficiency with MS Office. Higher level skills in Excel and PowerPoint are a plus.
  • Ability to log and track projects and provide status reports. 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while maintaining high quality documents.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively with software applications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in all phases of the project.
  • Ability to consistently change and adapt to new projects.


UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL Standards and Engagement, 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 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL Standards and Engagement 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 Standards and Engagement. 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 Standards and Engagement are eligible for bonus compensation. UL Standards and Engagement 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 Standards and Engagement 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:

About UL Standards and Engagement:

UL Standards and Engagement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.

Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.

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