Financial Accountant

Req ID:  184204

Edinburgh, GB, EH14 4AP

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 


Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 


As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

We are seeking a Financial Accountant for our European Accounting and Shared Services Team, based on our site in Riccarton, Edinburgh.

This is a new role within the team and may suit a part qualified accountant with experience of working in complex, rapidly growing organisations and looking to complete their training. The successful applicant will work closely with their manager on the accounting, reporting and compliance requirements for allocated businesses. You will support the existing Finance Team in implementing good accounting practices to ensure the on time and accurate submission of results each month. 

Main responsibilities will include:

•    Assist and prepare accounting journals, data, reports for month end close for assigned entities ensuring accuracy and timely management of all tasks in accordance with accounting policies and local compliance (US GAAP, company policies and Country GAAP standards)
•    Balance Sheet management: Complete reconciliations ensuring quality and prompt communication
•    Income statement management: Prepare and assist the Accounting Manager with the review of the draft Income Statement to the Business Finance team in monthly meetings
•    Provide support for all internal and external audits requests: US GAAP external audit, local statutory external audits, tax authority external audits, CRL internal audits
•    Responsible for ensuring the timely preparation of VAT filings, tax returns and other compliance documents for your entities
•    Build and maintain excellent knowledge of SOX control environment and great relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and colleagues


Profile and Requirements

The following are minimum requirements related to the Financial Accountant position:

•    Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (preferred) or related discipline
•    Awareness of large ERP systems
•    An understanding of internal control processes, previous exposure to SoX would be advantageous 
•    Demonstrates analytical skills and ability to distil and interpret data
•    Able to absorb and advocate guidelines and policies to key stakeholders
•    Demonstrates awareness of the challenges faced by the business in managing their accounts and engagements
•    Excellent communication and collaboration skills
•    Occasional travel to be expected

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Salary for this position is competitive and dependent upon qualifications and/or relevant experience. 

The closing date for applications is 19 August 2022. 

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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 20,000 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. 

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 2021.

At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.


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