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Job ID: 140738

Job Location: Senneville, QC, Canada

Senior Site Director

Located in Montreal, Quebec Canada, the Senior Site Director, PCS-Montreal, will report to the Corporate Senior Vice President, North American Preclinical Services.

The Senior Site Director will have responsibility to ensure integrated site operations, and participate with senior PCS and Corporate management to formulate current and long range plans, objectives and policies. The Senior Site Director will be responsible for providing effective management of site operations, finances and budgets in close collaboration with functional area directors within the PCS matrix organization and will interact internally and externally with senior management, customers, government regulatory agencies and others as required to achieve the overall goals. The Senior Site Director will be responsible for leading global preclinical business integration activities in key areas including technical, scientific and regulatory operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in the overall management and performance of the site;
  • Represent the site to corporate management as necessary;
  • Oversee the conduct of all studies and client inspections to ensure scientific excellence, regulatory compliance and a high level of customer satisfaction;
  • Foster effective communication and identify problems in overall site operations. Develop and implement effective solutions for resolving scientific, project and operational issues;
  • Lead global preclinical business integration activities in key areas including technical, scientific and regulatory operations, including managing budgets, planning and execution of assigned projects, resolving issues and removing barriers to progress and communicating project status;
  • Provide effective management of site operations, finances and budgets in close collaboration with functional area directors within the PCS matrix organization;
  • Ensure that harmonized practices are adopted and support local and cross-site business and scientific activities, as well as corporate mandates, initiatives and goals;
  • Implement standardized PCS processes and attain assigned targeted site KPIs to efficiently manage the site as well as share and implement best practices;
  • Develop, implement and manage a program that will continually review processes to ensure that they are efficient and maximize the use of all applicable resources;
  • Work with other senior managers to identify new business opportunities for internal or external development. Present site and overall CRL capabilities to potential new clients;
  • Working with direct and indirect reports, maintain a high level of integrity for all aspects of the customer experience at the site;
  • Contribute to the development of major business proposals for key clients and represent the site and company as required;
  • Ensure that policies, practices, and procedures adhere to all applicable governing regulatory agencies and GLP guidelines;
  • Interview and participate in the selection of qualified site personnel. Recommend, review and approve personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises. Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues. Prepare and/or approve appropriate personnel action paperwork;
  • Monitor performance of direct reports and conduct performance appraisals of direct reports including regular coaching and mentoring. Prepare and deliver salary and performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals initiated by direct reports. Provide input for appraisals of indirect (matrix) reports. Review and approve vacation and time off requests for direct reports;
  • Contribute to the development of short and long range operational objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements to meet the site’s long-term growth and financial objectives. Oversee the development of departmental plans for backup and succession of key departmental personnel for subordinate departments;
  • Effectively manage site operations including the P&L, to grow and maintain clear cost controls;
  • Develop and manage departmental budgets and authorize expenditures as appropriate. Approve budget and expenses of direct and indirect reports;
  • Partner with Human Resources to develop and approve departmental job descriptions; ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to direct and indirect reports;
  • Ensure that positive employee relations are maintained;
  • Support the policy of equal employment opportunity;
  • Participate and where appropriate, lead internal teams to select, implement and/or harmonize processes across PCS to maximize efficiency, market competitiveness and the overall goal of One PCS;
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of business unit training programs, including orientation;
  • Responsible for ensuring client expectations are met and issues involving study conduct or reporting are resolved in a way that maximizes client satisfaction;
  • Serve as the executive leader and liaison for site expansion projects. Represent the site to government, regulatory agencies, local, state and federal officials, industry groups, key customers and the general public as required;
  • Perform testing facility management duties for the site as delegated by PCS senior management;
  • Ensure adherence to all animal care and welfare policies; and
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Education:Advanced degree (Masters Degree and/or Ph.D.) in a scientific or business-related discipline.
  • Certification/Licensure: No specific certifications or licensure required; Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology preferred.
  • Other: Understanding of governmental regulations and guidelines applicable to the care and use of laboratory animals. Knowledge of GLP regulations and other FDA regulations applicable to non-clinical testing programs.
  • Experience: 8-10 years related management experience in CRO, research or pharmaceutical environment with demonstrated results in leading a scientific or business operation;
  • 5-7 years related experience in financial and operational responsibility. Ability to grow the top line and manage the bottom line in a scientific or business operation.

  • Other Attributes:
  • Proven Leadership skills in a complex line and matrix environment;
  • Ability to contribute and be an effective team member in meeting global objectives;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
  • Proven ability to develop team and staff including succession planning and implementation;
  • Action and results oriented (with and without direct line authority). Able to lead and influence without authority;
  • Accountability to self and organization. Puts organization above site and self for success;
  • Change management experience including being an agent of change – demonstrated experience managing and leading change;
  • Strong Network in the Bio-Pharma Industry and Academia;
  • Ability to oversee business negotiations and contract transactions;
  • Customer focused and oriented towards results that deliver customers' needs;
  • Work with a diverse group to include but not limited to: Scientific, HR, Finance, etc.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills; and
  • Ability to travel.

The masculine is used in this publication without prejudice for the sake of conciseness
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Charles River Laboratories is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity in the workplace.

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