Manager, Formulations

Req ID #:  97636

Horsham, PA, US, 19044

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

Manage all aspects of the formulations laboratory operations and personnel. Serve as the primary point of contact in matters pertaining to area of responsibility within the laboratory.  Responsible for adherence to established guidelines of this area.  

•    Manage activities of the formulations laboratory to include administrative tasks, meeting financial objectives, meeting study milestones, training and coordinating activities between the laboratory and other groups within and external to the formulations department.
•    Manage activities of assigned group(s) to ensure optimum performance of function.
•    Responsible for personnel management activities such as:  scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers.) training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance (including coaching and counseling), disciplinary actions, and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews. Monitor training programs to ensure on-going effectiveness.  
•    Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.  Prepare and/or approve appropriate personnel action paperwork.  
•    Authorize overtime as needed.  Review and approve time cards.  Review and approve vacation/time off requests and coordinate vacation/time off schedules.
•    Interview and select qualified departmental personnel.  
•    Assist in the development of short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements.  Assist in the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of supervisory staff and key technical personnel.
•    Assist in the development and recommendation of departmental budget.  Authorize expenditures in accordance with budget.  Approve budget and expenses of subordinates.
•    Ensure optimum performance of group function.  Determine and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
•    Review protocols and approve formulation procedures before study initiation.
•    Develop and maintain departmental systems and SOPs.  Assist in the development and communication of departmental policies and procedures. 
•     Partner with Human Resources to develop and approve job descriptions for subordinate positions; ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to employees.
•    Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through Affirmative action in all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotions, training, work assignments, and salary actions etc.  
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in chemistry/biology or related discipline required.
•    Experience:  5-7 years of formulations laboratory experience and a demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles. 
Previous experience supervising and/or managing a laboratory under GLP regulations is required.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  None.
•    Other:  Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Comprehensive knowledge of formulations and related procedures, regulations and guidelines. Knowledge of protocol and study design. Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership/supervisory skills.  Must have 2 years supervisory experience in a GLP/GMP related function.

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 300 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 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.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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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