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Senior IT Project Manager

Req ID #:  44459

Lyon, 69, FR

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

Responsible for leading enterprise-wide, cross-functional strategic initiatives. Leads a variety of different types of projects including systems integration, operational efficiency improvements, acquisition integration, and application upgrades. Effectively leads project team to ensure successful project delivery.

We are seeking a Senior Project Manager for our IT Orginzation - based in Europe. 

The following are responsibilities related to the Senior Project Manager

  • Lead multiple, concurrent projects and programs, often involving multiple internal and external constituents and matrix partners, according to our defined methods and behaviors.
  • Plan projects with urgency to produce complete, optimized, and agreed to plans with key stakeholders.
  • Ensure projects are delivered on time, on budget, and on quality. Manage and communicate variances in scope, budget, and quality in line with impact on execution.
  • Understand and communicate the business value of project planning and execution.
  • Oversee organizational change management activities to ensure system adoption is maximized.
  • Chair project Executive Steering Committee meetings to review progress, risks, and issues with key constituents. Produce regular status reporting.
  • Location: This position will be based at one of our European sites

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Senior Project Manager position:

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in computer science, engineering, business administration or related discipline. 
  • Experience:  10+ years related experience in project management, ideally implementing global, large-scale projects.
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Excellent knowledge of the English language.

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 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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