Product Specialist

Location US-IL-Northbrook
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# of Openings
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Product Management


Lab.BLST – Fire Test – 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:

This role is hybrid based at our Northbrook, IL office 


  • Use the established Fire Suppression product vision in concert with market understanding to inform the product strategy
  • Evaluate global market needs, pain points, and trends
  • Support and contribute to a go-to-market strategy, defining how value will be delivered to the customer/user, how the product is differentiated from the competition, and potential business models
  • Assist in prioritizing product functions and features into a product roadmap
  • Suggest a set of product goals, outcomes and corresponding metrics to continually evaluate against
  • Assist product managers to communicate the product vision, strategy and goals internally across the organization, as well as externally with clients
  • Work closely with product managers to monitor, analyze, and make recommendations to help manage the product roadmap
  • Partner with pricing management to research competition, highlight factors of differentiation for UL services, and seek client input to assess value of said services
  • Conduct market research that will inform the product, research and technical roadmaps
  • Assist with the capital investment process to support partner, build and buy decisions to grow segments
  • Partner with product managers towards the development of business cases for organic projects
  • Actively model and promote a set of desired behaviors aligned with UL’s Ways of Working
  • Take ownership of own career and professional development by documenting and communicating career aspirations and any associated development needs to direct manner
  • Reach across other functions and businesses to effectively communicate product management priorities
  • Support an efficient cross-functional matrix structure to enable effective product development lifecycle
  • Execute a robust set of processes to power all parts of the product development lifecycle from research/discovery to release management and product support
  • Leverage a standard set of product management tools to be used across the product organization at each of the stages of the lifecycle

What makes you a great fit:

  • 4-year University Degree in Technical, Marketing, Business or a related discipline
  • 2 years or more of related discipline experience or demonstrated competency
  • Proven ability to lead small groups of internal and external stakeholders towards desired outcomes in order to meet business objectives
  • Experience conducting discovery sessions with clients. prospects and stakeholders in order to diagnose business opportunities, elicit requirements and conduct other types of research
  • Strong communication and presentation (PowerPoint) skills
  • Market research skills – leverage internal and external resources to assist product management in taking a strong data-driven approach towards justifying capital investments
  • Formal training and/or certification in Product Management is a plus
  • Experience working with geographically disparate teams is highly preferred
  • Ability to collaborate across product management team, other CoUs and functions
  • Change advocate with drive for high performance
  • 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 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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