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Charles River Laboratories Global Head of Laboratory Sciences in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Global Head of Laboratory Sciences

Req ID #: 141851


US Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Global Head of Laboratory Sciencesfor our Safety Assessment site located in Reno, NV.

This position will represent 3 areas of responsibility: 1) Represent and be able to speak to the global discipline of Laboratory Sciences to external and internal partners, 2) Develop and lead the development of the vision and strategy for growth of the Laboratory Sciences business and partner with operational leaders across Safety Assessment to execute the strategy, and 3) As an advocate for Agile mindsets, behaviors and processes, participate as an essential member of multiple cross-functional teams within Scientific Oversight & Strategy, Laboratory Sciences, and across Safety Assessment.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Global Head of Laboratory Sciences position.


• Serve as the representative of global Laboratory Sciences to external partners to present and discuss capabilities and to work with sites to resolve client concerns as part of the escalation pathway.

• Partner with operational leaders in Safety Assessment to develop and execute the short and long-term vision and strategy for global Laboratory Sciences.

• Harmonize and integrate activities across the various sites, ensuring that synergies are gained, and communications are managed to provide seamless interface and product to the customer.

• Lead the group of site Laboratory Sciences site leaders to address and solve strategic and operational challenges that are common across sites.

• If appropriate, serve as an Executive Sponsor for key and strategic client partnerships

• Lead scientific innovations, support the product teams that initiate and complete agile sprints that positively impact the customer experience within and outside of CR related to the discipline of Laboratory Sciences.

• Direct key scientific and strategic decision making for the subspecialty and communicates to the organization scientific or operational resources necessary for managing the product backlog, or the prioritized list of requirements for future project initiatives.

• Is responsible for all Laboratory Sciences sub-disciplines including but not limited to small and large molecule bioanalysis, immunoassays, flow cytometry, and dose form analysis.

• Defines the Laboratory Sciences product vision, roadmap and growth opportunities to continuously improve the practice at CR.

• Serves as the Product Leader of Product Owners owning the high-level roadmap of opportunities and allocating those opportunities to product owners/teams to deliver to market.

• Provides an active role in mitigating impediments impacting successful team completion of product release or Sprint and Increment Goals.

• Researches and analyzes market, the users, and the roadmap for the product.

• Keeps abreast with Agile/Scrum best practices, new trends, needs and align product roadmap to strategic goals.


• Education:Advanced degree (Master’s Degree and/or Ph.D.) in scientific or business-related discipline.

• Experience: 10+ years related management experience in CRO, research or pharmaceutical environment including one or more of the scientific areas covered within Laboratory Sciences.

• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

• Certification/Licensure: None.

• Other: Understanding of governmental regulations and guidelines applicable to the care and use of laboratory animals. Knowledge of GLP regulations and other regulations applicable to nonclinical testing programs. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet

deadlines. Excellent communication (both written and verbal), leadership and negotiation skills. Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of clients and employee.

About Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market. Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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