Manager, North America Accounting, General Ledger

Req ID #:  216797


For 75 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

We are seeking a North America Accounting Manager (General Ledger), located in either our Corporate headquarters in Wilmington, MA or remotely.  This role presents a great opportunity to join our North America General Ledger team, with this role specializing in the accounting of compensation & benefits as well as corporate based transactions.  The role will require working closely with our Payroll & Human Resources and Corporate & Business FP&A teams.  Primary focus areas include the following: general ledger accounting of compensation and benefits plans as well as corporate based transactions, various reporting & analysis activities, stream-lining processes, and enhancing accounting & reporting support provided to business partners in our rapidly growing global organization. 


The following are responsibilities related to the North America Accounting Manager position:
•    Manage staff and accounting close processes which including but are not limited to the following: accounting entries, account reconciliations, expense analysis and key accounting reports
•    Resolve accounting process issues and adjust procedures to complete tasks efficiently and accurately
•    Identify and implement process initiatives and policies to improve operational performance
•    Partner with finance colleagues and business partners to explain accounting impacts and trends
•    Possess strong knowledge of accounting concepts, strong analytical skills and industry knowledge to review issues and develop and enact standards and policies
•    Effectively manage direct reports by providing clear goals and tasks as well as timely and constructive performance feedback
•    Administer, analyze, and communicate results of balance sheet reviews
•    Perform accounting policy reviews of entities and assess deviations from US GAAP and company policies; harmonize accounting practices with acquisitions and other accounting teams
•    Support the quarterly reviews and the annual audit processes (internal and external)
•    Support the SEC Filings, and other financial presentations as needed
•    Manage related SOX controls and processes including control narrative and design maintenance, execution and proper documentation
•    Conduct efficient team meetings and cross functional meetings
•    Ensure team provides timely support to internal and external stakeholders
•    Support accounting integration of acquisitions as needed
•    Additional duties as required


•     Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting/Finance or related discipline
•     Six to eight years of related experience.  Experience with a Big Four certified public accounting firm is preferred.
•    Two to three years of direct staff management
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Intermediate to advanced excel skills
•    Advanced analytical and problem solving abilities
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills


The following are preferred qualifications related to the North America Accounting Manager position:
•    Masters degree (MBA/MSA) and/or CPA
•    Degree in Accounting
•    Experience with SAP, Blackline, and BPC


⦁    This position may require occasional domestic / international travel.

Job Qualifications

The pay range for this position is $120,000 to $135,000. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, and location.


Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.
Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.

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, or 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 [email protected] 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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