Lab Operations Co-op (2023)

Req ID #:  214391


At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Categories Lab Operations Co-op for our Procurement team located in Wilmington, MA
The Internship/Co-op at Charles River Labs provides an overview of a complex business and the data that supports critical decision-making while training on Procurement requirements and processes and practical exposure to supply market dynamics. It also provides an understanding of how organizations work cross-functionally to support a critical business capability while using practical application and development of research and analysis skills. We are dedicated to ensuring our Co-op/Intern population can experience the ability to Grow, Perform, and Succeed during their time on board. 

Role Summary:  The role is in support of key Lab Operations procurement projects including implementation of Scientific Services technology platform, site transition support for supplies and consumables category and supply base rationalization.

The responsibilities will include:

  • Provide support with rationalization of supplier catalogs to drive spend to preferred suppliers and reduce the tail spend suppliers
  • Provide support for implementation of Inventory Management at key sites
  • Leverage spend analytics to identify consolidation opportunities; understand total cost of ownership and cost drivers, analyze product/service specifications to identify rationalization opportunities; analyze demand and spend to identify patterns and reduction opportunities 
  • Analyze market intelligence to build business cases and cost models to identify and quantify improvement opportunities for both sourcing and non- sourcing - e.g., demand management, process improvements, insource vs. outsource, et
  • Collaborate with cross functional business partners and site procurement teams to identify and highlight areas of potential opportunity, value and efficiencies
  • Coordinate with Finance and key suppliers for resolution of payables issues and process improvements
  • Assist in the planning and execution of sourcing events

Job Qualifications

Basic requirements:  
•    Student currently enrolled in an accredited college/university pursuing an advanced degree in, Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Supply Chain or Business Administration
•    Scientific background such as chemistry, biology or bio-chemistry is preferred
•    Strong data analytical skills; proficiency with Excel including pivot tables and graphical analysis
•    Ability to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders
•    Strong presentation skills
•    Prefer experience with ERP systems, preferably SAP
•    Basic understanding of supply chain principals or a desire to learn supply chain/procurement

About Corporate Functions
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.  

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 20,000 employees within 110 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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

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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