Principal Specialist, SAP SCM Manufacturing

Req ID #:  194454

US Montreal (Senneville), Quebec, CA, H9X 3R3 Ashland, OH, US, 44805 Morrisville, NC, US, 27560 Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

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


Responsible for the design, implementation of Proin the Charles River global SAP solution. Work with all businesses to enhance and improve the use and processes of the global ERP system. Serve as a subject matter expert for content, processes, and procedures associated with Plan-to-Produce. This includes all the business processes required for Forecasting, Production Planning & Scheduling, Shop Floor Control and Execution, Production Cost Controlling, Production reporting, production Quality Control, WIP inventory management, and Raw Material procurement to support production.

  • Define and analyze business requirements from management for Production Planning, Manufacturing & nice to have OTC functional area(s)
  • Develop and recommend process changes and identify SAP solutions to meet the business needs
  • Identify system configuration changes required. Document via a configuration rationale document and, where required, implement configuration changes
  • Manage the development of functional specifications for system changes.
  • Manage the development of test scripts for system, integration, regression and user acceptance test phases
  • Together with the Project Management Team, support the creation of plans and QA/test activities for configuration/development activities.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for content, processes, and procedures associated with Plan-to-Produce – this includes all the business processes required for Forecasting, Production Planning & Scheduling, Shop Floor Control and Execution, Production Cost Controlling, Production reporting, production Quality Control, WIP inventory management, and Raw Material support production.
  • Lead function-specific testing efforts to ensure that the configured solution works as designed to support the business and generate accurate financial information.  Identify any process or business issues that may arise with the implementation of the software and develop plans to address those issues.
  • Integration to third-party applications- example Bartender, MES systems, S&OP(IBP,SAC),  knowledge of SAP PI/PO/XI or SAP CPI.
  • Knowledge of SAP PP-PI, Recipes , co-products, BOM, resources, production versions. 
  • Should be able to work in close collaboration with development teams & carry out root cause analysis.
  • Lead efforts to ensure optimal data structure within assigned area to meet functional needs, and provide advice and oversight to Master Data group to ensure appropriate upkeep of ata 
  • Work with internal control to develop control narratives, control sets and procedures that meet Sarbanes Oxley requirements.  In addition, for each related functional area, identify metrics and reports that will be used after implementation to monitor process integrity and identify potential issues (errors, mismatches, stale items).  Promote and adhere to all compliance policies around organizational structure and common master data globally.
  • Lead process design activities with power users to improve operational excellence and lower cost of operations. Collaborate with peers and general management to integrate process areas


Job Qualifications


Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in accounting or related discipline.  Master’s Degree in Business Administration preferred

Experience:  Seven to ten year’s related SAP implementation experience across SCM (focus on PP, Manufacturing and SD/OTC).
•             An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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, 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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