Location US-IL-Evanston
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 1 month ago(10/23/2023 10:53 AM)
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NFP Support



At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Buyer at UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement based in our Evanston, IL office.


The Buyer facilitates the purchase of goods and services for UL Research Institutes (ULRI) and UL Standards & Engagement (ULSE) organizations. The Buyer works closely with suppliers, internal stakeholders, and other departments to ensure the timely procurement of high-quality products at competitive prices. The Buyer plays a vital role in maintaining the supply chain and inventory management to meet the organization’s needs and objectives.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

As the Buyer you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL as you:

  • Identify and develop relationships with suppliers, evaluate their capabilities, and ensure the timely delivery of goods and services.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to determine procurement needs and create effective procurement strategies.
  • Create and process purchase orders, ensuring accuracy of specifications, quantities, and delivery timelines.
  • Continuously assess supplier performance based on quality, delivery, and service levels to ensure adherence to established standards.
  • Identify and mitigate potential supply chain risks, such as disruptions in supply or changes in market conditions.
  • Ensure compliance with company policies, ethical standards, and relevant regulations in all procurement activities.
  • Analyze procurement data, generate reports, and identify opportunities for cost optimization, process improvements, and efficiency gains.
  • Performs other duties as directed.

What makes you a great fit:

While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficient in using procurement software and tools.
  • Knowledge of supply chain management principles and practices.
  • Familiarity with sourcing strategies and vendor evaluation processes.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
  • Understanding of relevant regulations and compliance requirements in procurement.

Experience and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, supply chain management, or a related field (preferred) or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in procurement, purchasing, or supply chain.
  • Workday experience preferred.

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 Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagementare eligible for bonus compensation. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. 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. 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 Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement


UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagement are nonprofit organizations 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 Solutions, advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Solutions, 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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