Associate Project Manager

Req ID #:  175191

Charleston, SC, US, 29407

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


Charles River is seeking an Associate Project Manager who will serve as a strong contributor within the Microbial Solutions business unit to drive teams from idea to launch.  The Associate Project Manager will provide support for the design, development, refinement, and implementation of projects, along with risk mitigation and contingency planning.  The Associate Project Manager will manage stakeholder communications by providing updates on project status, leading gate reviews, and proposing scope changes and/or mitigations when necessary.  This individual will work cross-functionally with Scientific, Engineering, Quality, Operations, Regulatory, Marketing, and Controls and Automation.  Scope of work could include new products, line extensions, inter-divisional projects, continuous improvement initiatives, and business continuity projects.  This role reports directly to the Head of Project Management.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  •  Leads small to medium projects and/or functional sub-teams under the direction of the (Sr.) Project /Director to drive on-time delivery of project tasks and milestones.
  •  Helps develop and enforce risk-adjusted, cross-functional project timelines under the direction of the (Sr.) Project/Director
  • Directs and delegates specific tasks to team members; clearly communicating the deliverables of assigned projects.
  • Tracks, reviews, and manages project using project management methodologies, tools, and processes
  • Supports coordinating of internal and external resources by working with resource managers and other project managers to insure proper staffing, project alignment and integration.
  • Follows the corporate vision and goals as a guide to keep members engaged and create a positive environment through coaching, encouragement, and recognition while striving for accountability within self and others.
  • Adheres to business, operational, or system-based functionality processes. 
  • Leverages technology to drive a data-driven and risk-based approach to communicating progress, risks, and achievements within the programs. 
  • Exhibits an understanding of Design Control or product development process principles.
  • Provides support to projects within Microbial Solutions business to meet business needs.

Education and Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering or Scientific field preferred; experience in lieu of formal education may be considered.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience Project Management or project leadership role.
  • Proven ability to lead multiple teams, partner with management and lead indirect resources.
  • Experience in Product Lifecycle Management (i.e., stage-gate) from medical device company or healthcare industry is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in project initiation, planning, execution, release, closing, and risk management.
  • Knowledge of project management processes and tools such as PMI model, scheduling software and configuration management tools.
  • Experience with or knowledge of various commercial and conventional healthcare/ microbiology systems as well as emerging technologies.
  • Understanding of Design Controls or product development process according to Quality System Regulations (QSR) 21 CFR 820 and ISO 13485:2016. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop positive relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Proven communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Proficient with MS Office Programs, including MS Project or similar project management software.
  • Strong conflict resolution skill set and critical thinking skills.

About Microbial Solutions
Our Microbial Solutions business group has a comprehensive portfolio of endotoxin testing, microbial detection and microbial identification products and services is unlike any other, and has been purposefully designed to meet the complex and ever-changing needs of the industry. We help clients to ensure product safety and quality with easy-to-use yet robust testing solutions that satisfy regulatory requirements, support critical decision making and improve operational efficiencies.


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 17,000 employees within 90 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 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


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 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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


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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