HR Business Partner

Req ID:  182232

Portishead, GB, BS20 7AW

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.

Business Area:


We offer the industry's most comprehensive drug discovery service portfolio and a multidisciplinary staff of hundreds of scientists. We have the scientific excellence and technological capabilities to support our clients throughout the drug development life cycle, from target identification to IND programs. Our team takes a true collaborative approach working in partnership with clients to find and follow the optimum path to market while moving forward together to bring novel therapies to the patients who need them

What you'll be doing:


As an experienced Human Resource Generalist, you will provide HR guidance and support for assigned business areas.

  • You will be responsible for all employee lifecycle activities such as performance management, reward and recognition, engagement and other HR related projects.
  • Reporting to the Associate Director, Human Resources and working as part of a team which includes recruitment, payroll and finance and global peers within HR. 
  • You will work with leadership teams to ensure HR policies and practices are consistently applied.
  • Acting as coach and partnering with key stakeholders to proactively balancing organisational needs across your business area.
  • Analyse and present HR data to identify key HR trends and look for continuous improvement opportunities.


Essential Skills and Experience:


•    CIPD level 5 or equivalent.
•    Extensive experience as a generalist with comprehensive knowledge of employment practices for the UK.
•    Must possess excellent interpersonal communication and influencing skills.
•    Must be fluent in English; both oral and written.  
•    Must have demonstrated skills in change management and organisational development.
•    Solid working knowledge of MS office is essential and knowledge of using SAP and Success Factors would be preferable.

Desirable Skills and Experience:


•    Experience in leading early careers programmes would be advantageous.  

Our Values:

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.
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.
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.
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.

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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 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. 


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 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.