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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Req ID #:  43405

Mattawan, MI, US, 49071

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

We are seeking a Talent Acquisition Specialist for our Safety Assessment site located in Mattawan, MI.

Strategizes, implements and manages recruiting and staffing processes and practices for the company, and all related talent acquisition programs including recruitment process outsourcing, diversity/inclusiveness initiatives, employee referral programs, university relations and career fair efforts, employer brand, and social networking presence. Partners with hiring managers and HR to forecast talent acquisition needs and to articulate proactive pipeline management strategies. Sources and develops qualified candidate slates through the use of web-based tools employee referral programs, university recruitment, career fairs, agencies, and/or recruiting contractors. Proactively screens and provides the tools, framework, and process for effective candidate assessment, interviews and selection. Manages applicant tracking, record management, and ensures process compliance. Coordinates all pre-employment screening/background checks and partners with HR and management to facilitate offer negotiation and new hire onboarding.  Establishes and generates scorecards and metrics to measure our talent pipeline and recruitment process performance. Establishes and/or facilitates all talent mobility needs including domestic relocation, expatriate assignments and/or international transfers and resulting benefits coordination, and relocation.  May participate with management to develop job specifications, make salary recommendations and negotiate starting salary with management and candidate.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or Business or other relevant field, preferred, and 3 years of high-volume staffing experience, or
  • HS / GED and 5 years of high-volume staffing experience.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding employment practices.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (ie: Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Excellent communication skills, strong internet proficiency, high skill level of interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.


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 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.

Nearest Major Market: Kalamazoo

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