Group Leader

Req ID #:  150732

High Peak, GB, SK23 6FJ

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

Charles River are looking for a dynamic and influential Group Leader, who is ready to advance their career to the next level by joining our growing team at the High Peak site in Derbyshire, the home of the Retrogenix Cell Microarray Technology. The role will be based at the High Peak site in Chinley to lead the Core Technology Team and will additionally provide opportunities for you to interact across the CRL Early Discovery sites. The appointed Group Leader will be a key member of the High Peak Management Team providing strong scientific, operational and leadership to own team and the wider business.

Job Qualifications

Main tasks & responsibilities:

•    Line management of up to 6 direct reports (scientific staff) in accordance with company directions and policies. Responsible for performance reviews, succession planning, development and training of team members. 
•    To mentor and coach direct reports in achieving their potential and advancing their careers.
•    To ensure that all relevant reports operate in a safe manner at all times and ensure compliance with CRL site-based safety and compliance guidelines.
•    To be proficient in all aspects of the Retrogenix Cell Microarray Technology, this includes lab based protocols, quality control procedures and documentation.
•    Lead the team to produce high quality cell microarray slides meeting QC criteria and demand.
•    To ensure that cell supply requirements for Core Technology and client specific projects are met.
•    To produce production statistics for Group Leader.
•    To guide junior members of the team in technical aspects of the science and technology at the High Peak site, troubleshoot when required and present data/updates internally to our teams, or to clients where appropriate.
•    Contribute to the management and performance of the High Peak Team by taking on selected responsibilities.
•    Have a dynamic and flexible approach towards achieving objectives and meeting challenging deadlines is required, as is the ability to communicate confidently and concisely with internal teams and clients via teleconferences, presentations and written reports.
•    In addition to leading your own team, you will be comfortable communicating across CRL sites in order to drive efficiencies and enhance best practice.

The ideal candidate will have experience of the drug development process and experience of a variety of screening cascades.  Scheduling and executing production plans will be key to the role along with downstream QC analysis. 

These skills will be demonstrated by your experience in a production role.  Being able to work to tight timelines and the ability to modify workflow is vital.  You will have a track record of success in the projects/processes which you have worked on.  

Candidates with existing experience in microarray technology will be at a significant advantage, although those with an ambition to move into this area, with significant experience of complex biology, informal mentoring and development of junior colleagues, are also encouraged to apply. 

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.


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