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Charles River Laboratories Senior Engineer Global Facilities - REMOTE in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Senior Engineer Global Facilities - REMOTE

Req ID #: 217283


US Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

For 75 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


Serve as a Subject Matter Expert for facilities systems and design. Support all business units with technical knowledge for project reviews and trouble shooting. Work closely with project managers and local site management to coordinate design efforts and compile owner’s requirements in alignment with design guidelines. Develop technical design guidelines. Review design efforts by 3rd party consultants, design management and coordination in support of all business units. Support site commissioning and technical troubleshooting as needed.


  • Responsible for providing expert technical support for new facilities and major renovations during the programming, design development, submittal reviews and commissioning/ validation phases.

  • Leverage engineering expertise (i.e., automation/BMS, CQV, GxP, HVAC, Electrical, and maintenance) in support of ongoing Global operations.

  • Ability to analyze the performance and troubleshoot steam, chilled water, HVAC, compressed air, and water systems.

  • Work independently as Engineering Expert to provide on demand troubleshooting to develop technical solutions for issues impacting operations.

  • Ability to work in manufacturing environment and communicate effectively with site maintenance personnel to resolve technical issues both onsite and remotely.

  • Create Global Engineering guidelines for the construction of new facilities and renovation of existing facilities. Leverage best practices across the company, taking into account regulations/requirements and new innovations.

  • Provide support for Global Engineering design efforts in the execution capital projects and support of facilities operations.

  • Work closely with project managers and local site management to coordinate design efforts and compile owner’s requirements in alignment with design guidelines, commissioning, validation, and operational delivery of large-scale capital projects so that project objectives are attained.

  • Review design of MEP systems for property renovations or new building projects acting independently as the prime representative for the Global Engineering group.

  • Perform detailed A&E design package reviews as SME for facilities systems and provide team leadership, value engineering, and technical support for independent site projects as required.

  • Generates RFPs, evaluates proposals, and makes recommendations to management.

  • Alert developing problems where management intervention or oversight is required. Plan and implement appropriate actions or countermeasures necessary.

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering

  • Experience: Ten to fifteen years of broad-based experience related to facilities systems within the life sciences industry (pharma, biotech, or R&D). Must have a thorough understanding of the functionality of construction documents (specifications and drawings) and of the construction industry in general. Thorough understanding of facilities equipment including boilers, chillers, HVAC, and controls. Demonstrated ability to succeed in a Global environment.

  • Certification/Licensure: Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) or EIT preferred.

  • Other: Sound working knowledge of Building Codes, Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), AAALAC, FDA/EU and government regulatory requirements and guidelines. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Proficiency in standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project, etc. Proficiency in CAD is beneficial.


  • Must regularly operate a computer and occasionally operate other office productivity machinery such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

  • Must regularly communicate with employees/customers; must be able to exchange accurate information.

  • Must occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

  • Must occasionally climb ladders to access rooftop building equipment.

  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


  • The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


  • Occasional international and domestic travel.

Compensation Data

The pay range for this position is $100,000/yr - $150,000/yr. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.

Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.

Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.

Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.

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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 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.

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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.

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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