Human Resources Business Partner

Req ID #:  221666

Durham, NC, US, 27709

For 75 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 looking for a critical thinking, organized and energetic Human Resources Business Partner to join our team, supporting the Discovery business at the Durham, NC site.  
In this position, you will function as an HR generalist, providing senior level HR guidance and support for the site. This hands-on role provides expertise in the areas of employee relations, workforce planning, performance management, compensation, employee retention, coaching/development, conflict management and ad hoc projects as necessary.


The following responsibilities are related to the Human Resources Business Partner role:


•    Consult with leaders in areas such as organizational assessment, employee relations, talent acquisition, workforce planning and change leadership in order to strengthen overall organizational capability.
•    Acts as a trusted advisor and partner to line management by gathering and analyzing HR and client information to drive the development and implementation of solutions to increase employee engagement and reduce turnover.
•    Collaborate closely with the Discovery HR team in the implementation of initiatives to drive Core, Common and Consistent HR solutions.
•    Assist with integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion processes and programs into the People Strategy.
•    Proactively bring solutions to continuously improve HR support to the business around efficiency, process and performance.
•    Coach and partner with managers to resolve employee relations issues including performance management, partnering with legal when necessary.
•    Conduct compensation analysis in partnership with the business compensation partner to determine local compensation needs and actions.  
•    May partner with SME’s to develop and facilitate training on HR subject matter. 
•    Ensure documentation and HRIS transactions are processed in a timely manner.
•    Performs other duties as assigned.
The salary for this position is $91,000 to $110,000. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location


Job Qualifications

•    Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in human resources management or related discipline 
•    5+ years proven HR generalist experience  
•    PHR/SPHR preferred
•    Must have demonstrated skills in change management and organizational development. 
•    Key skills and abilities include coaching, influencing, facilitation, process development, project management, analysis, presentation and problem solving
•    Must possess strong computer skills with demonstrated proficiency in HRIS and MS Office Suite
•    Working knowledge of EEO, Federal & State employment laws, Worker’s Comp, STD and LTD issues
•    Must demonstrate the highest level of integrity, ethical behavior and be able to maintain confidential information
•    Keeps commitments; exhibits candor and courage – is not afraid to establish a visible presence and point of view, to engage in spirited and constructive debate, to hold others accountable

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 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. 


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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


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 [email protected]. 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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Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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