Human Resources Business Partner

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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HR.ULU.Leadership – Hands – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a high performing experienced Human Resources Business Partner to join our dynamic human resources team and growing organization. You will be a trusted advisor that supports leaders and their teams in the implementation and delivery of HR programs including employee onboarding, talent and performance management, employee relations, compensation, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, compliance, and other day to day HR activities for the organization. You will work with senior leaders and their teams to identify short and long-term needs and talent requirements to develop and implement tailored workforce strategies and programs to develop and engage talent. 


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. 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:

As a Human Resources Business Partner, you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL as you:

  • Work with senior leaders to identify short and long-term needs and talent requirements to develop and implement tailored workforce strategies and programs to develop and engage talent.
  • Participate in workforce planning and collaborate with talent acquisition in drafting and/or reviewing job descriptions and participating in offer preparation and negotiations.
  • Lead employee onboarding process, collaborating across departments to ensure a positive and engaging experience for new hires, accelerating employees’ performance in their new roles, and supporting a seamless process for hiring leaders.
  • Facilitate ongoing and annual performance reviews and conversations, identifying and encouraging professional development, and/or addressing performance concerns in a timely a compliant manner.
  • Collaborate with leaders during the annual compensation review process to ensure alignment between organizational and individual performance and rewards, and to promote equity among team members.
  • Coach leaders and employees on the organization’s mission and core values, encouraged behaviors, and HR practices that build a culture of high performance, teamwork, and respect.
  • Develop metrics and implement regular and ad-hoc reporting to monitor and communicate the results and effectiveness of HR processes, and proactively address areas of improvement as required.
  • Participate in and/or lead initiatives to design and implement HR policies, procedures, and programs, and perform other duties as assigned.

What makes you a great fit:

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

  • Positive and collaborative interpersonal skills to work effectively with leaders and colleagues across the organization.
  • Ability to work at a strategic and operational level, including attention to detail and willingness to operationalize and execute on various strategies.
  • Problem solving skills with the ability to identify root causes, develop practical solutions, and work in collaboration with colleagues across the organization to address strategic, operational, and any other roadblocks to success.
  • Project management, process management, and organization skills to deliver results in fast-paced environment with multiple stakeholders and competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, with enthusiasm to engage leaders and employees with the mission and goals of the organization.
  • Responsiveness and a sense of urgency, with focus on outcomes, structure, and process improvement for the short and long term.
  • High degree of curiosity to learn about the mission and impact of the organization and the areas of specialization of its professionals.
  • Sound judgment and ability to handle sensitive employee information and situations with discretion and confidentiality, utilizing policies and procedures to guide appropriate action.
  • Ability to influence others to action by translating organizational values, ideas, and priorities into tangible activities that people support.
  • Business acumen with ability to translate business needs into HR requirements.

Professional experience and education requirements for the role include:

  • Bachelor’s degree with six years of experience in human resources, with demonstrated success in most or all of the following areas: employee onboarding, talent and performance management, employee relations, compensation, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and HR compliance.
  • Experience in research, academic, scientific environment, or professional services organizations is preferred.
  • Experience coaching leaders and employees through complex organizational, performance and employee relations issues.
  • Developing constructive relationships and working collaboratively and effectively across a diverse employee population and establishing trust and credibility with leaders at all levels of the organization.
  • Maintaining in-depth understanding of legal requirements related to day-to-day HR and people management, identifying risks, and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, advanced skills in Excel and PowerPoint are a plus.

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, 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 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 Standards and Engagment 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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