Principal Specialist, SAP Controlling - IT ERP

Req ID #:  214022


At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


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


Serve as a subject matter expert associated with content, processes, and procedures associated with a variety of modules of the corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. Define detailed requirements, analyze business needs, and validate solutions with the client. Detail requirements through product development and other functions to support the ERP team. Guide and advise less experienced employees.


•    Serve as a subject matter expert for content, processes, and procedures associated with the Finance and Controlling (FICO) module of the corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system - SAP. 
•    Define detailed requirements, analyze business needs, and validate solutions with the client. 
•    Lead and direct users to provide appropriate information, facilitating change where required.
•    Assist in guiding teams to define, design & implement, support and test the solution through the system development lifecycle.
•    Author, update or assist in the development of user training documentation.
•    Lead training and / or ensure effective knowledge transfer to those responsible for training use of the new solutions such that adoption and value realization is optimized.
•    Implement changes to the system in accordance with defined project timelines. 
•    Participate, where required, in testing & validation of the application.
•    Follow a common system development lifecycle (SDLC) used across IT.
•    Ensure solutions are transitioned smoothly through the change control process.
•    Provide timely and effective level 3 support for application related questions.  Plan, fix & implement patch releases as required and governed.  Manage user expectations through timely communications.
•    Participate in the development and communication of departmental systems, SOPs, policies and procedures.  
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S.) or equivalent in computer science, engineering, business administration or related discipline.  

Experience:  Eight years related experience in analysis and implementation of IT applications. Four or more years directly related experience with a variety of SAP modules required.  


Subject matter expertise is required in the following FICO areas:

  • Primary requirement – Finance - Manufacturing and Cost Accounting
    • Four plus years Manufacturing and Cost Accounting implementation experience. 
    • Proven Expertise in SAP product costing with experience in discrete, repetitive and process manufacturing environments.
    • Configuration of Product Costing functionality in SAP S4 system along with the knowledge on SAP Product Costing processes.
    • SAP Product Costing with experience in intercompany trading scenarios (STO, direct shipment, 3rd party, etc.)
    • Material ledger and Actual costing impact on S4, COPA (Account Based/ Cost Based/Combined Profitability Analysis) and Profit Center/ Cost Center Accounting and reporting requirements
    • Understanding of FICO integration points to other modules such as PP, SD, MM
    • Experience with SAP reporting, HANA live and Simple Finance a plus.


  • Secondary Requirement – General FICO
    • General Ledger and New GL, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable.
    • Bank interface (Payment file and Electronic Bank Statements).
    • Cost Center Accounting (Costing Sheets and Allocation), Profit Center Accounting.
    • Profitability Accounting (Integration between SD, FI and PA; Assessment to COPA). 
    • Month End Activities, Inter-Company Process, VAT, Multiple currencies.
    • Understand the cross functional integration with MM and SD, EDI and IDoc.
    • Knowledge of Project system, Vertex and VIM is plus. 
    • Knowledge of FSCM would be a plus. 

•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

•    Other:  In-depth knowledge of current IT technologies and state-of-the-art practices, particularly in program management.   Experience in data migration and conversions.   Strong interpersonal skills including influencing & aligning.  Effective communication skills for large, multinational audiences.  Excellent problem solving skills. Must be able to work well in a team environment as well as independently and handle multiple tasks and priorities.  .  

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 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 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 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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