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Laboratory Leader (Hazardous Locations)

Company: UL
Location: Palatine
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

Lab.BLST.Tech.General – Broken Glass – Safer World


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!


Under minimal supervision, responsible for coordinating multiple testing areas within the Hazardous Locations laboratory. Schedules, assigns, reviews and coordinates workflow to assure proper utilization of staff. Supervises and trains assigned staff. Performs laboratory tests and record test results in one or more related areas. These include tests without published requirements,or those involving unique features that require the use of independent judgment. May plantests, evaluate test results and report opinions and interpretations. May assist PDEs and/orEngineering to modify existing methods or develop and validate new test methods. Initiatesrecommendations for new equipment designs and recommends solutions to observed testproblems. Develops operating, maintenance, and test procedures.

 

  • Schedules, assigns, reviews and coordinates workflow to assure proper utilization of laboratory staff. Trains assigned staff, provides career counseling, and operates as a working supervisor. Collaborates with supervisor on staffing levels, performance appraisals, merit ratings, promotions, and transfers of assigned staff. Ensures company policies are followed in the lab areas, and facilitates employee relations within the assigned laboratory section.
  • Develops annual budgetary goals, capital expenditure budget for laboratory equipment, and tactical plans for the assigned laboratory team.
  • Prepares instructions for test methods and procedures, quality control, and maintenance procedures. Examines test samples and reads measuring instruments, blueprints, schematics, wiring diagrams, and operational instructions. Evaluates test performance, provides feedback regarding issues and/or problems with test and data sheets, and revises test protocols and data sheets. Reports test run and test equipment evaluation results. May plan tests, evaluate test results and report opinions and interpretations.
  • Examines requests for laboratory tests and new and/or modified laboratory test equipment to determine equipment needs. Develops operating, maintenance, and test procedures based on laboratory procedures, standards and safety policies. Monitors test methods and procedures and evaluates need for technical training of assigned staff and modification of equipment, methods or procedures. May assist PDEs and/or Engineering to modify existing methods or develop and validate new test methods.
  • Operates machines and special laboratory equipment. Performs routine maintenance of designated test equipment and laboratory area.
  • Communicates with clients during the setup and performance of a test to demonstrate equipment test methods and/or to discuss test results. Communicates with UL field representatives to discuss follow-up tests, samples, equipment, methods and/or results, and outside contractors regarding equipment needs. Communicates with plant department personnel to offer suggestions pertinent to equipment needs and may arrange for delivery or disposal of test samples.
  • Records observed or calculated data on appropriate UL forms and prepares data sheets and reports.
  • Integrates continuous improvement concepts and techniques into all aspects of the job.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

  • High School Diploma or GED required. College degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of electrical/mechanical laboratory testing experience.
  • Prior leadership and/or supervisory experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work on continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Strong collaboration skills.

UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place. Business related travel on behalf of UL requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


  • 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: 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.

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 ul.com

Keywords: UL, Naperville , Laboratory Leader (Hazardous Locations), Other , Palatine, Illinois

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