Software Product Owner – UL

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 centred 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!

The Environment & Sustainability team’s mission and passion is to advance global sustainability. We believe that environmental health and safety around the world are a 21st-century safety challenge and through our work, we aim to bring positive change.

We test & certify products to meet our health and sustainability standards. World’s leading businesses come to us to support their transition to more circular approaches and carbon management. We develop software platforms that help our clients track and measure environmental, supply chain, health, and safety management and sustainability data.

As our global footprint continues to grow, we are looking to hire a Software Product Owner who will work directly with our software development teams to deliver products that meet the needs of our customers.

What you’ll learn and achieve:

•Work with internal stakeholders (including Product Roadmap owners) and directly with clients to refine high-level requirements. Client work may involve helping define their process journey from “as-is” through “to-be”. Ensure that non-functional requirements are identified and brought within scope.
•Manage a backlog of product requirements to target the highest value/size items first. Items will originate from multiple workstreams including the Product Roadmap owners, Project Managers, Software Architects, Configuration and Support teams.
•Participate in Sprint planning and make decisions when re-prioritisation or requirement changes are needed in flight. Ensure transparency across the organisation by keeping agile artefacts up to date.
•Work with Product Architects to facilitate high-level sizing, determine the approach to solutions and groom stories with the Development Teams until the “what” for delivery, and measurable acceptance criteria are clear and documented. Help developers understand requirement context and product vision. Facilitate Development Team acceptance of story readiness and medium level sizing (story points). Sign off on story delivery.
•Facilitate knowledge transfer to internal teams such as Solution Engineering, Implementation, Technical Communications and Product Support. This could involve organising or giving training or demonstrations, or the writing of (non-client facing) documentation.
•Where a large client project will be delivered in stages, support Project Managers in giving demonstrations and obtaining business and client sign off at each milestone. Share feedback internally.

What makes you a great fit:

•A relevant degree or equivalent experience gained through additional years working in IT
•Can grasp complex technical models quickly and challenges the “norm”
•Able to reduce complex issues to succinct and simple forms, process-oriented
•An excellent communication and meeting facilitator
•Exceptional attention to detail
•Comfortable and effective in influencing without authority
•Makes pragmatic decisions in situations of risk and uncertainty
•A good understanding of the software development lifecycle
•Understanding of the Agile Scrum, Kanban and Waterfall project approaches
•Shows initiative, self-motivated, pro-active
•Logical and objective

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:Competitive remuneration, annual bonus, 25 days annual paid leave, free parking and flexible hours. A strong commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability efforts. All employees receive 2 Volunteer Days off per year to spend participating in an array of volunteer activities.

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. Curious? To learn more about us and the work we do, visit and the Environment and Sustainability division

UL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. Our Talent Acquisition team can provide further information and support reasonable adjustments that a person may require during the interview process. You can read more about our commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment here: or contact our Talent Acquisition team regarding specific needs here:

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