Business Finance Controller - Freiburg (DE) & Groningen (NL) sites

Req ID:  204316

Freiburg, DE, 79108

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.

Business Finance Controller - Freiburg (DE) & Groningen (NL) sites*

Charles River is committed to equal opportunity and is proud of its diverse culture. We reject discrimination of any kind,
regardless of gender, age, origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Charles River Discovery Research Services Germany GmbH is a subsidiary of the multinational corporation Charles River Laboratories International Inc. which is a leader in early-stage contract research. Charles River currently has approximately 20,000 employees and operates more than 80 facilities in 20 countries to help clients realize their discovery and drug development ventures. In Freiburg, Germany, we conduct research contracts for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and hospitals related to the development of new antitumor agents. 


  • Preparation and submission of monthly site financial forecasts 
  • Budget preparation and presentation
  • Assessment of capital expenditure requirements
  • Developing business finance data, models and metrics, covering areas such as pricing, profitability, operational efficiencies, labor utilization.
  • Business review preparation and presentation to divisional leadership
  • Supporting SAP implementation
  • Key member of the site leadership team, working alongside the Site Leaders and Heads of Departments


Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting or Finance or related discipline.
Experience:  Five to seven years related experience and/or training.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Certification:  BA, MBA, CPA or CMA designation desired.
Other:  Excellent spreadsheet and German skills required
Soft skills:

  • Ability to work on team mode, cross function or cross country
  • Ability to lead by influence and drive changes, build values on the new formed team and develop them
  • Ability to work on a changing environment and constantly adapt to new organizations
  • Ability to be ‘hands on’, undertaking the fundamental business partnering aspect of the role, whilst managing and overseeing the accounting elements

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 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 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.