Supervisor - In Life

Req ID #:  192972

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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary

Perform laboratory techniques on studies of moderate complexity and exercises judgment within defined Standard Operating Procedures and practices to determine appropriate action Supervise and coordinate study related activities of research technical staff to ensure compliance with the protocol and applicable SOP’s and maintain the raw data for non-clinical studies

•    Provide direct daily supervision and review work of assigned departmental employees to ensure accuracy and to ensure adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices, and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and protocols.]  Schedule and prioritize workload of group members.
•    Assist in the interview and selection of qualified non-exempt personnel.  
•    Identify training and development needs of direct reports.  
•    Assist in preparation and delivery of salary and performance reviews of direct reports.
•    Schedule overtime as authorized.  Review and approve time cards.  Coordinate vacation/time off schedules.
•    Recommend short-range operating objectives, organizational structure of direct reports and staffing requirements.  Assist in the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of key technical personnel.
•    Ensure optimum performance of group function.  Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
•    Assist in the development, maintenance and communication of departmental systems and SOPs.  Assist in the development and communication of job descriptions for subordinate positions.
•    Ensure that departmental equipment is maintained in good working condition and that departmental area(s) are maintained in a clean and orderly condition.  
•    Ensure raw data records are accurate, complete, and in appropriate order, and meet protocol and SOP specifications and GLP requirements.
•    Draft computer protocol requests and review document against finalized study protocol.
•    Perform rodent physical examinations, randomization and review suitability for study assignment with the Study Director.
•    Interact with Study Directors, Study Coordinators, Data Management, Animal Care and technical staff in conducting and reporting of studies.
•    Ensure routine facility husbandry is performed and documented.
•    Assume responsibilities for special projects delegated by laboratory management
•    Ensure that study samples are collected, packed and shipped properly and on time.
•    Review raw data and maintenance records as required by Standard Operating Procedures.
•    Ensure adequate supplies of all equipment/materials during the course of study.
•    Ensure that weekend laboratory assignments have been made and that the technicians assigned understand what needs to be completed and that all assignments are covered.
•    Assist Study Directors and Study Coordinators in preparing responses to both internal and Sponsor Quality Assurance Audits.
•    Assist with facility security and emergency procedures such as setting alarms, opening or closing the building, resetting printers.
•    May assist in directing the work of laboratory personnel on weekends or holidays.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:   Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) preferably in a life science, or relevant animal science education and experience. 
•    Experience:   Two to four years experience in a non clinical laboratory, or a combination of non-clinical laboratory/supervisory 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: ALAT, LAT, or LATG preferred
•    Other:  Personal skill sets/competencies equitable with Laboratory Technician III Core Competency Matrix.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 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. 

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 for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


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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