Head Bioassays (m/f/d)

Req ID:  82491

Erkrath, NW, DE, 40699

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.

For our Bioassays department located in Erkrath, Germany we are seeking an experienced


Head Bioassays (m/f/d)




  • Manage and Lead the Bioassay team. In this role you are overseeing daily operational activities and supervise this group to ensure optimum group performance
  • Provide schedule of current and coming work and proactively manage resources
  • Contribute to teams’ budget creation, maintain costs within budget, reach or exceed revenue targets
  • Communicate with domestic and foreign clients
  • Collaboratively work with other internal groups including project management and quality assurance
  • Cooperate with marketing and sales about Bioassays and presentation of the company
  • Lead a team of Supervisors, scientists and technical staff, develop staff via trainings and provide guidance through meetings including performance reviews
  • Implement, plan and develop cell-based bioassays in a GMP environment
  • Manage the laboratory in accordance with the Infection Protection Act and with the Animal Health Ordinance
  • Handle of potentially infectious material, GMOs, cells and viruses under GMP conditions



This position would suit an ambitious, flexible and team-orientated individual who is motivated to achieve results and is eager to lead people. You will also be expected to have:


  • Education: University degree in natural science, e.g. Pharmacy, (Bio-) Chemistry, Biology, Biotechnology
  • Experience: A minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership role within a service company in a biotech sector, CMO or CRO
  • Profound knowledge of GMP quality assurance standards
  • Expertise (theoretical/practical) in the fields of cell biology, virology, microbiology
  • Good ability to build trustful and open working relationships in all layers of a (matrix) organization
  • Very good communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to effectively communicate with various target groups
  • Experience in leading and motivating people
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to drive operations in a fast-changing environment
  • Fluency in both English and German (oral and written)

What we offer: 

•  an unlimited full-time position with varied, demanding activities
•  a future-oriented global industries and company
•  flexible working hours
•  an active participation in shaping your field of activity in a motivated team

Are you interested?

Please apply under job ID 82491 via our career portal https://jobs.criver.com/ with your application documents in English and your earliest possible starting date.

We look forward to receiving your application!


Charles River Laboratories Germany GmbH

Human Resources

Max-Planck-Str. 15a

40699 Erkrath

Email: RecruitBPS@crl.com

Phone: 0211 9255-356 (Michaela Klein), 0211 9255-407 (Jan Limbach)


About Biologics Testing Solutions

With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.


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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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


Equal Employment Opportunity

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