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Intelligent Systems and Software Safety Principal Engineer (PDE) at UL in Northbrook, Illinois

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Job Description:


Contribute to a Safer, More Secure, and More Sustainable World


At UL, we know why we come to work. Thousands of us around the world wake up every day with one common purpose - to make the world a safer, more secure, and more sustainable place to live. We clear the way for our customers to introduce the latest products, technological advances, and systems in an increasingly complex world so they can provide peace of mind to the market. Our integrity is woven throughout our company and shapes the way we approach and deliver our solutions. We are proud that the work we do every day has a meaningful contribution to society. We continue to build upon our legacy of trusted expertise and partnership to keep our communities safe and secure as we march forward into the future. This helps us to sleep better at night, and we are confident that the millions of people we touch rest easier too.


We are currently seeking a Principal Engineer to join our growing team.

As a Principal Engineer, you are responsible for working across the global UL Enterprise to drive consistency, integrity and quality in intelligent systems and the application of safety-related software testing, inspection and certification requirements. Serves in a technical leadership role as the subject matter expert and advisor to internal and external stakeholders for UL Mission-driven business success.

Responsible for maintaining UL technical thought leadership in the marketplace by representing UL in industry, government and professional association technical / standardization committees where a UL presence and participation advances public safety and helps capture business growth opportunities. Develops, improves and maintains safety-related software staff technical competency criteria, provides structured training for and assesses (with peers) global staff technical competency qualifications. Additionally responsible for identifying technical trends, ensuring that new and changing requirements are conveyed to relevant staff, and for providing training and technical support, as needed, for business growth. Will effectively coordinate and collaborate with the other subject matter experts and business leaders to help with developing future sector-specific and corporate goals and strategies.

Additional details are as follows:

  • Participate in industry and stakeholder meetings as required to promote UL's technical expertise, understanding and positioning so as to enable UL Commercial teams to drive new business
  • Contributes technical content to standardization, industry, professional and other organizations in support of UL's Mission
  • Collaborates with internal technical stakeholders to develop and maintain technically sound positions / requirements
  • Develops / advises on technical training and "thought leadership" content for internal and external media
  • Routinely meets with global technical staff to assess and advance technical competency, to provide updates and share knowledge of technical requirements, procedures, compliance records / tools, etc.
  • Review and approval of technically complex proposals and quotations
  • Is a qualified Reviewer as required by scheme(s) for determining compliance with scheme requirements
  • Is the technical lead for determining the feasibility of conformity assessment of new / innovative programmable products, developing / identifying appropriate testing, inspection and certification requirements
  • Advises on adequacy and interpretation of software compliance validation methods, driving consistent application globally
  • Collaborates with the responsible conformity assessment staff to determine any necessary test tools / skills needed resulting from the changes to regulations and standards' requirements.
  • Provides subject matter expertise and general technical support to UL conformity assessment operations, field operations, market surveillance and business development initiatives.
  • Contributes to the development of training and educational programs for stakeholders through webinars, presentations, seminars, tradeshows, articles and public speaking events
  • Stays current with market trends by leveraging contacts, reading trade publications and technical articles, and attending relevant industry events.
  • Performs other duties as directed.


  • University Degree (Equivalent to Bachelor of Science degree) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, or a related scientific discipline that emphasized hardware/software interdependencies plus ten years of directly related experience.
  • Working knowledge of the relevant domestic and international government and industry standards, regulations and guidelines. Particular expertise in IEC 61508, UL 1998, IEC/UL 60730 (Annex H), and/or IEC/UL 60335-1 (Annex R) a plus. Includes ability to apply these to complex, new and innovative products.
  • Proficient in systems engineering and principles of software development, with a focus on embedded software
  • Proficient in characterizing software-related failure modes of programmable components and complex systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative and innovative thinking to problem solve and streamline processes.
  • Ability to remain, objective and professional in challenging situations
  • Ability to work in fast paced work environment both independently and in a group / cross-functional setting and to interact with all levels of staff
  • Ability to lead technical peers to improve consistency and quality
  • Ability to understand and effectively communicate in a technical manner and exercise influence with industry and other stakeholder peers
  • Ability to travel, both domestically and internationally, up to 25% of the time
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and with accessing on-line technical resources