Senior Director, Pathology

Req ID #:  185900

Mattawan, MI, US, 49071

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

The Senior Director Pathology - Mattawan is responsible for managing and providing scientific direction to a staff of pathologists and scientists and plays a critical role on the Sr. Leadership Team for the Mattawan site. Lead the Mattawan Pathology group, oversee the scientific conduct and regulatory compliance of all pathology studies. Actively participate in the Sr. Leadership Team for the site and lead site projects.  Collaborate across functions within the site and across sites within the Global Pathology group as a member of the Heads of Pathology in Safety Assessment.  Collaborate with the entire cross-functional research team to achieve business plan goals.

  • Supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws to include interviewing, hiring, training, and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance and completing annual performance review on or before due date; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Lead the Pathology Department to ensure study design, equipment, policies, procedures, technology, and scheduling of work are adequate and aligned for the conduct of quality studies.
  • Manage the pathology team to provide customer service to clients and achieve business goals.
  • Add significant insight and value into the interpretation of veterinary pathology data, providing mediation, as needed.
  • Identify, research, and correct any deficiencies in quality.
  • Participate in business development activities to include establishing and maintaining good client relations, identification and development of new capabilities.

Job Qualifications


  • Doctoral degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) from an accredited veterinary school, or acceptable international equivalent in veterinary medicine.
  • 9 or more years of pathology experience post-D.V.M.; working knowledge of pathology (anatomic and/or clinical pathology); specialized training and/or experience in toxicologic pathology preferred. At least 5 years’ experience in managing pathologists and/or other professionals preferred. American Board of Toxicology (A.B.T.) certification preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Ability to apply knowledge toward problem-solving and the advancement of Charles River Laboratories.
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Great interpersonal and leadership skills.

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 300 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 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.


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