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Charles River Laboratories Lead Architect in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Lead Architect

Req ID #: 86191


Wilmington, MA, US, 01887Ashland, OH, US, 44805Mattawan, MI, US, 49071Raleigh, NC, US, 27610Charleston, SC, US, 29407Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XLTranent, GB, EH33 2NEHorsham, PA, US, 19044Spencerville, OH, US, 45887US

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families.

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career.

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary

The Technical Lead owns the architectural decisions for the team. They value simplicity and are not afraid to challenge technical constraints and procedures to achieve agile design. The Technical Architect works closely with the rest of the team to create a modular & scalable solution that addresses future architectural changes and designs. They drive the teams engineering practices in test driven development, continuous integration, and automated deployment. A good technical architect is keen to get their hands dirty, and actively helps the team to solve the biggest problems. Last but not least, this individual is an executor as well as the visionary force behind the technical solution.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Designs the overall technological architecture of the product​

  • Guides project teams on technology strategy​

  • Responsible for the technical design of the product​

  • Mentors and coaches the developer team, specifically with code reviews​

  • Engages in coding to help the team to develop their solution and solve all surfacing problems at hand Identifies and removes technical impediments​

  • Works with Product Owner to align the roadmap with strengths and opportunities within the technical teams​

  • Constantly looking for better ways of solving technical problems and designing the solution, not afraid of challenging the status quo.​

  • Provides the team a roadmap for implementing software engineering practices for higher code quality​

  • Shares responsibility with Product Owner for building reusable and scalable components

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering or related field.​

  • Minimum of 10 year technical experience, Minimum 8 years of Leadership experience.

  • Cross Team (multiple teams) and Cross Product (multiple products) experience required.

  • Seen as an expert within the technical components of the domains/products/journeys ​

  • Seasoned developer or technical lead with deep insight into newest technologies and trends ​

  • Can make architecture decisions at a team and product level​

  • Experience working on projects that span multiple organizations and business units

  • Experience in Agile Development, with specific Solution Architect (or similar) experience preferred​

  • Understands relationship with Product Owner, Designers and rest of pod​

  • Experience managing technical priorities within the backlog

  • Strong communication skills with ability align organization on complex technical decisions​

  • Active coach and mentor whose goal is to grow and maximize the team’s potential

About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

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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