Supervisor Laboratory Animal Medicine Support Staff

Req ID #:  122952

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.

Job Summary

Oversee technical and operational performance of the support staff in the laboratory animal medicine department.  Provide direct supervision and guidance in the day to day activities of assigned employees.

•    Oversee daily operational activities and supervise a group of non-exempt employees. Ensure optimum group performance.
•    Ensure accurate, high-quality work and adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols]. 
•    Prioritize workload of group.
•    Resolve technical and operational issues 
•    Work with veterinarians and Management to implement new processes, procedures, and services.
•    Ensure adherence to regulatory requirements within the department.
•    Manage supplies and inventories for assigned supervisory workgroup.
•    Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
•    Assist in the development, maintenance and communication of departmental systems and SOPs.  
•    Responsible for personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
•    Recommend short-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.  Assist in the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of key technical personnel.
•    Identify training and development needs of direct reports.  Assist in the development, implementa¬tion and delivery of depart¬mental training programs; ensure that direct reports receive departmental orien¬tation and necessary on-the-job training.  
•    Oversee main¬tenance of group training manual and training records.  
•    Identify and implement opportunities for staff skills and career development.
•    Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.
•    Ensure equipment and animal maintenance schedules are completed as needed (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually)
•    Coordinate and conduct regular team meetings with assigned staff.
•    Act as liaison between technical staff, internal departments, and next level of management, communicating expectations, business needs, and opportunities for improvement.  A supervisor
 is expected to work, at times, in the area where the staff is working, which may involve exposure to animals, chemicals, and/or biohazards.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent in biology, animal science or related field. 
•    Experience:  3 years’ experience in a GLP laboratory environment and experience with research and investigative procedures, techniques and literature.  Six months to one year in a supervisory role.  Prior management of veterinary support personnel preferred.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure: RVT/CVT/LVT preferred. LAT or higher. 

Other:  Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Knowledge of GLPs and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals required. Advanced technical and analytical skills; problem solving and leadership skills. Computer literate.

About 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.


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 14,000 employees within 80 facilities in 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. And in 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Mansfield

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