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Associate Director of Operations

Req ID #:  43395

Horsham, PA, US, 19044-1241

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.




We are seeking an Associate Director of Operations in our Horsham location.  The successful candidate will be a member of the senior management team and will oversee all laboratory operations staff performing studies in compliance with GLP regulations.  This responsibility includes study conduct, animal husbandry, necropsy, training, archives and study management.  In conjunction with other scientific management, this individual is involved in reviewing protocols, assisting in preparing responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits, and reviewing and approving new and changes to existing SOPs.   The successful candidate will be responsible for budgeting and personnel projections for all relevant reporting departments, as well as interviewing and selecting qualified exempt-level departmental personnel.  The Associate Director will recommend, review and approve personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises, and will partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues. 


Ensuring that management training and development needs are identified, and programs initiated, this individual will direct the development of departmental orientation and other training programs.   This individual will also provide regular coaching and counseling for his/her direct reports and may conduct skip level meetings in order to assess engagement and other necessary activities at the site.   The successful candidate will work closely with the Site Director in developing short- and long-range operating objectives, creating and/or modifying organizational structures, determining staffing requirements, and developing departmental plans for backup and succession of key departmental personnel. 


The Associate Director will also develop and recommend departmental budgets and authorize expenditures in accordance with stated budget.  Generally, this individual will ensure optimum performance of group functions, recommending and implementing techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the art practices.  




The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent with a minimum of 10 years of experience in a contract lab environment or a scientific environment, preferably in an operations capacity.  Strong supervisory experience is preferred, and a combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.  Excellent written and verbal communications skills required, attention to detail, ability to influence and collaborate a must.   This position requires occasional domestic travel. 


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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


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