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Site Optimization Lead

Req ID #:  42576

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.




Oversee and manage process improvement and system validation projects site wide and provide a single point of control. Ensure management continuity for these projects.






Work with the Site management to develop system-wide standardized procedures and processes.

Identify and/or manage process improvement opportunities impacting quality revenue, costs and business risk.

Ensure optimum performance of group function.  Determine and implement processes and procedures to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.

Assist with the preparation of responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits.

Ensure ongoing validated system support, not limited to change control, problem resolution and system upgrades.

Ensure appropriate resources are scheduled/utilized for process improvement and system validation projects.

Collaborate with other sites to establish, strengthen and share best practices for the benefit of the company.  Serve as a change agent, build and motivate teams and foster positive relationships.

Communicate effectively with internal and external customers.

Assist in the development of short- and long-range operating objectives.

Assist in the development and recommendation of departmental budget.

Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.

Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols].

Perform other related duties as required.





Education:  Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in life science or related field. Project management coursework preferred.

Experience:  5-7 years related experience.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

Certification/Licensure:   Lean or Design for Six Sigma methodologies (may be obtained during employment).  Project Management certification preferred.

Other:   Effective communication and interpersonal skills required.  Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver results.  Demonstrated ability to innovate and to effectively lead and communicate at all levels.  Proficient in the use of standard MS Office computer applications.


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 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.


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

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