Project Coordinator 1

Req ID #:  134871

Cleveland, OH, US, 44128

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

We are seeking an experienced Project Coordinator 1 for our Safety Assessment site located in Cleveland, OH. 


The Project Coordinator 1 will be responsible for development and maintenance of a study from initial inquiry notification (Client Services, marketing, navigator services, etc.) to study award by: 

  • Develop the suggested selling price (SSP) for potential new business by initiating and building the study costs utilizing templates in SAP.
  • Coordinate with Operations, supporting labs, vendors, subcontractors and consultants to ensure accurate costing of projects. 
  • Prepare, coordinate, and maintain critical milestone dates for execution of the study.  Update and maintain all dates/units in SAP.
  • Manage changes and cost adjustments in SAP as communicated by Client Services, Operations or as necessary for accurate costing.
  • Provide feedback/suggestions on template structure/content and necessary updates.
  • Assist in monitoring procedural metrics to determine accuracy and relevance to study type and operation processes. 
  • Monitor, make recommendations, and develop solutions for any roadblocks that would inhibit a milestone date being met (i.e., changes of work scope, material shipment delays, availability of study related inventory and equipment). 
  • Communicate changes per sponsor requests to affected departments with agreement from Client Services.  Verify that required resources are available per the proposed study design changes. Ensure any schedule impact is reported to Client Services in conjunction with scheduling/procurement personnel.
  • Verify with Client Services that cost changes have been communicated to the sponsor and approved.
  • Coordinate with Client Services and Finance to ensure inquiries are maintained accurately in SAP.
  • Provide reports and metrics as needed.
  • Maintain and update databases and or other tools as required. 
  • Observe study related activities with the technical staff and become familiar with study related processes as needed. 
  • Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols]

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in biological sciences, business management or related discipline required; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education.
  • One (1) year related experience in project management in a laboratory or research environment.

The following are preferred qualifications related to the Project Coordinator 1 position.

  • Working knowledge of computer software (MS Office, MS Project, Excel and database experience preferred).
  • Knowledge of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations.
  • Ability to multi-task, excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Possess analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and re-evaluate priorities as situations change.

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 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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