Facility Supervisor

Req ID #:  214386

Chicago, IL, US, 60637

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.


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Job Summary

The Responsibilities of the Facitliy Supervisor we are seeking for our site in Chicago, IL are:


The primary role will oversee the activities of animal husbandry staff at the site. Acts as senior onsite advisor to Assist Facility Supervisors, animal care technicians, and animal facility attendants, and collaborates with the client veterinary and administrative support staff to maintain operational performance levels.


Ensures the proper inventory, care, feeding and delivery of animals, sanitation of the equipment and facilities, procurement and storage of supplies and the maintenance of related equipment and facilities.  Reviews and analyzes operational facility needs and makes recommendations to enhance the efficiency. Develops, writes and implements SOP’s for the care and enrichment of lab animals and the operation of the facility. Proactively interacts with ARC personnel, faculty and research staff to respond to all requests, inquiries, and complaints about adequate animal care and facilities operations. Participates in the development of the animal care weekend and holiday schedule. Participates in the emergency on-call rotation. Facilitates the resolution of problems related to the allocation of space, use of equipment, efficient use of personnel, diagnosis of and control of disease, provisions of animal care and adequate veterinary care. Ensures site preparedness for all regulatory inspections, including USDA, IACUC and AALAC inspections.


Monitors performance of employees and conducts evaluations. Work with Human Resources to investigate personnel problems; provides counseling and disciplinary actions to employees. As well as conducting interviews for the placement of animal care supervisors, animal care technicians and animal facility attendants. Conducts periodic meetings with facilities staff to keep them informed of current and future projects, policies and procedures. Works with the Receiving department and Technical Services staff to coordinate the movement of animals throughout the facility and intake of new animals. Develops and presents course content and materials for training and continuing education of the animal care staff to achieve AALAS certification.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Facility Supervisor position.


  • Education:  Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science or related discipline. 
  • Experience:  3 to 5 years of laboratory animal facility experience with no less than 1 year of successful performance in a supervisory or management role. Knowledge of and experience with USDA regulations, laboratory animal welfare guidelines and AAALAC, International guidelines. One year of computer experience with MSWord, PowerPoint and Excel programs and administrative experience in support of site operations required.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Technologist (LATG) level.




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About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.


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 crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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