HR Business Partner - Ashland, Ohio

Req ID #:  176073

Ashland, OH, US, 44805

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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

Charles River Laboratory is seeking a critical thinking, organized and energetic Human Resources Business Partner to join our team, supporting the Safety Assessment business at the Ashland, OH site.  

Will function as an HR generalist, providing senior level HR guidance and support for assigned client group(s). This hands-on role provides expertise in the areas of employee relations, workforce planning, performance management, compensation, employee retention, coaching/development, conflict management and ad hoc projects as necessary.

Ideally an on-site position with opportunity to work from home. 

•    Consult with leaders in areas such as organizational assessment, employee relations, talent acquisition, work force planning and change leadership in order to strengthen overall organizational capability.
•    Acts as a trusted advisor and partner to line management by gathering and analyzing HR and client information to drive the development and implementation of solutions to drive employee engagement and reduce turnover.
•    Collaborate closely with the regional HR team in the implementation of initiatives to drive Core, Common and Consistent HR solutions.
•    Assist with integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion processes and programs into the People Strategy. 
•    Proactively bring solutions to continuously improve HR support to the business around efficiency, process and performance.
•    Coach and partner with managers to resolve complex employee relations issues including performance management, facilitation of formal/informal complaints; partnering with legal partner when necessary. 
•    Conduct Compensation analysis in partnership with Compensation partner to determine local compensation needs and actions.  
•    May partner with SME's to develop and facilitate training on HR subject matter. 
•    Ensure documentation and HRIS transactions are processed in a timely manner.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in human resources management or related discipline 
•    3+ years proven HR generalist experience 
•    PHR/SPHR preferred
•    Must have demonstrated skills in change management and organizational development. 
•    Key skills and abilities include; coaching, influencing, facilitation, process development, project management, analysis, presentation and problem solving
•    Must possess strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in HRIS and MS Office Suite
•    Working knowledge of EEO, Federal & State employment laws, Worker's Comp, STD and LTD issues
•    Must demonstrate the highest level of integrity, ethical behavior and be able to maintain confidential information
•    Keeps commitments; exhibits candor and courage - is not afraid to establish a visible presence and point of view, to engage in spirited and constructive debate, to hold others accountable

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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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