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HR Business Partner

Req ID #:  39675

Ashland, OH, US, 44805

For nearly 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.




Function as an HR generalist, providing senior level HR guidance and support for assigned group(s) in areas such as talent acquisition, talent development, change management, organizational development, performance management, retention, disciplinary actions and compensation administration.


  • Work closely with line management to ensure HR policies and practices are consistently applied. Recommend changes to policies and practices as appropriate.
  • Work closely with line management to assess talent acquisition and development needs and develop and deliver solutions aligned with the business strategy.
  • Recruit for assigned business groups to ensure the organization's staffing needs are met.  Assist with writing/editing job descriptions, conducting interviews, evaluating candidates and extending employment offers.
  • Coach and partner with managers to resolve complex employee relations issues; seek legal guidance when necessary.
  • Ensure documentation and PeopleSoft transactions are processed in a timely manner.
  • Oversee and participate in audits of HR documentation as needed.
  • May provide work direction or guidance regarding employment law or organization policy to less experienced members of the HR staff.
  • May participate on teams that formulate extensive recruiting campaigns, develop compensation plans, coordinate training programs, prepare and administer EEO and affirmative action programs, analyze and recommend benefits changes, and perform other assigned tasks of similar complexity.
  • May conduct termination interviews, prepare for and attend unemployment hearings, and assist legal staff in preparing for litigation.
  • May develop and conduct training and serve as a trainer on non-technical topics such as sexual harassment and diversity.
  • Provide leadership and participate in company and community-related events.
  • Ensure all actions comply with local, state and federal regulations and maintain necessary documentation for compliance purposes.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


The following are minimum requirements related to the HR Business Partner position.


  • Education:  Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in human resources management or related discipline. Master's degree (M.A./M.S./MBA) in human resources, organizational development or related field preferred.
  • Experience:  5 to 8 years related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  PHR or SPHR preferred.
  • Other:  Must have demonstrated skills in change management and organizational development. Must possess excellent interpersonal communication and influence skills.  Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Word and excellent skills with Microsoft Excel required. Familiarity with PeopleSoft highly desired. Must be able to learn new software quickly. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English is required; bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred or required in some locations.

Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.



Who May Apply

The policy of Charles River Laboratories is to provide advancement opportunities to all qualified employees within the company through transfers or promotions.
Regular Full and Part Time employees may apply for a Job Posting if they meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the Internal Job Posting policy.
Regular Full and Part Time Employees must complete at least six months of continuous active service in their position prior to applying.
Regular Full and Part Time Employees are eligible to participate in the Job Posting Process if their current overall performance appraisal rating is equivalent to "satisfactory" or better.
Regular Full and Part Time Employees cannot be in any stage of a disciplinary action.
Regular Full and Part Time Employees on leave of absence are not eligible to apply.



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 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 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 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

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 ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Mansfield

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