Senior Advisor - Communications & Engagement

Req ID #:  186134

Montreal (Senneville), Quebec, CA, H9X 3R3

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


Job Summary


As the Senior Advisor, Communications & Engagement, you will play a critical role as a strategic partner to ensure staff feel informed, engaged, involved and valued. Through the development and delivery of a communications and staff engagement strategy, this role will put purpose and engagement at the center of our staff communications. This role will also develop content and implement internal communication strategies and plans that engage, align and inspire employees with Charles River's vision and business strategy and drive employees' understanding of and engagement with Charles River's priorities and key initiatives. In addition, this role will develop and publish content using electronic tools, including Sharepoint, Poppulo, and Digital Signage. 




  •  Work closely with the key stakeholders to develop and implement a communications and employee engagement strategy which supports the delivery of strategic priorities, ensures key messages are communicated consistently and encourages two-way communication and feedback.
  • Develop diverse communication channels, e.g. newsletter, intranet, social media, print, digital signage and email as the appropriate means for communicating with staff depending on the nature and context of different communications.
  • Ensure internal communications messages are consistent across all mediums and are consistent with external communication messages.
  • Responsible for planning, writing, editing, and publishing content across the range of internal communications channels.
  • Work with site stakeholders and leaders to build their capabilities for effective communications and engagement with staff. 
  • Partner with Human Resources and Corporate Communications and establish effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders through networking and membership of relevant committees and working groups.
  • Plan and execute engagement events and activities.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications


  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in communications, journalism, web technologies, marketing or related discipline.
  • 5 - 10 years related experience in communications with a focus on internal audiences and content and digital channel development.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Excellent writing and marketing skills required. 
  • Proficiency in creating word-processed documents, spreadsheets and presentations required. SharePoint, PowerPoint and other digital platform skills preferred. 
  • Previous experience within a life science environment (e.g., biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device company, hospital, laboratory) preferred. 
  • Event Planning and project management experience required.
  • Bilingual: French & English

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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 17,000 employees within 90 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 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 2019.


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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