Senior Director Compensation and Benefits Europe

Req ID #:  215256

Amsterdam, NL, 1077 ZX Evreux, FR, 27930 Brussels, BE Montpellier, FR, 34000 Paris, FR Harlow, GB, CM19 5TR High Peak, GB, SK23 6FJ Cambridge, GB, CB23 6DP Grenoble, FR, 38000 Marseille, FR, 13009 Saint Germain Nuelles, FR Beerse, BE, 2340 Valbonne, FR, 06560 Ballina, IE, F26D786 Toulouse, FR, 31400 Leiden, NL, 2333 CR

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.


Charles River is offering a new position of Senior Director of Compensation and Benefits Europe. 


Directly reporting to the CVP Total Rewards  based in the USA, the Senior Director of Compensation and Benefits will collaborate with the Global Total Rewards team to ensure a consistent philosophy and approach, while ensuring that European requirements are integrated and considered in the Global designs.  


This role will also work closely with the senior leaders and site HR Leaders to understand local compensation and benefits programs and assist with the deployment of the Compensation and Benefits design across the businesses in Europe.


If you want to make a difference, if you are willing to bring innovative ideas strong of a solid experience of over 10 years in C&B and have strong interpersonal skills as well as an understanding of the biopharma R&D environment, this Charles River role might be the one you are looking for !

Your missions:  


  • Liaise with key stakeholders in Europe to implement C&B programs, policies, processes, and projects throughout Europe in line with the Company’s Global Total Rewards and overall HR strategies.
  • Builds strong relations and partners with the European Site Business and HR teams, while acting as the link between Europe and Corporate/Global Total Rewards.
  • Research, understand, and communicate local market trends and legislative requirements around Compensation and Benefits in the countries where we operate.
  • Supports the Global Total Rewards team with benchmarking activities to ensure that local salary ranges in Europe are sound and supported by market data.
  • Work with the site HR teams to understand Works Council/labor relations requirements and provide support and/or take part in negotiations as needed.
  • Proactively identify, and champion opportunities to optimize existing benefits or compensation programs. 
  • Work with relevant leadership and Product Owners to ensure that governance processes are in place and reprioritize demand as business conditions change. 
  • Provide a clear articulation of direction, expectations, and status as it relates to Compensation and Benefits strategies, priorities, and projects to the HR teams in Europe.
  • Work with the Business Development team to ensure that M&A and Partnership activities are appropriately planned for and successfully executed, where appropriate.
  • Work with Europe Finance and HR leaders to ensure that they are thoughtfully developing compensation and benefits budgets/plans with consideration for Market investments and that financial commitments are met. 



  • You have a master’s degree in human resources, Labor Relations, Finance, business administration or related field/work experience and you are able to justify of an experience of 10+ years in Comp/Benefits
  • Able to demonstarte success leading in a complex matrix environment
  • Strong business acumen with understanding of finance, budgeting, forecasting, and business management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to build relationships, influence outcomes, and to deliver effective presentations.
  • Experience in identifying and applying innovative ideas to business problems and thinking through executional requirements to successfully adopt them. 


Other : 


  • Remote position with ability to travel our sites across EUR.
  • Base Salary + 20% Bonus + Equity shares + Other benefits according to the site and the location. 


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, 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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