Director of Finance Operations

Req ID #:  215343

RTP, NC, US, 27709-2016 Durham, NC, US, 27703

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.

Job Summary

Accountable for planning, directing and controlling the finance function for N. America Discovery business units (directly leading the Morrisville site, whilst managing the Finance teams at our Worcester and San Francisco facilities) including budget development and control, forecasting & financial analysis activities. Assist with developing and implementing a strategy for the business, ensuring alignment with the company’s overall business and financial strategies. Work alongside the business, supporting and advising on strategic and operational decisions resulting in better business performance by: interpreting, explaining and driving performance within the business; presenting a dynamic industry, competitor and economic context, supporting and influencing key operational and strategic decisions; advising on key business planning opportunities; and providing ad-hoc analysis and insights on specific issues.

Essential Duties

⦁    Develop and administer accurate weekly and monthly forecasting and annual budget preparation; assume full budgetary responsibility for assigned business.
⦁    Prepare and present financials and key indicators for business reviews, management reporting, budget and strategic planning. 
⦁    Prepare analysis of monthly, quarterly and annual financials compared to forecast, budget and prior year, including market impacts, currency fluctuations, etc.
⦁    Perform monthly revenue posting and analysis of revenue activities, including: monthly revenue verification; forecast variance analysis; contract reviews; bookings and cancellations reports; utilization; and pricing. 
⦁    Perform complex analyses including year-to-year comparisons and margins on new goods and/or services for forecasting and pricing purposes.  
⦁    Develop, and analyze appropriate key performance indicators optimally to improve business performance .
⦁    Develop, and analyze cost analytics, including but not limited to standard costings, inventory analysis to optimize operational performance & influence decision making.
⦁    Develop, and analyze commercial analytics, such as customers, service line profitability and price/volume/mix.
⦁    Develop, and analyze competitive intelligence.  This includes understanding key competitors, monitoring and reporting financial performance where applicable and helping the business to determine strategies and tactics to respond to competitive dynamics.   
⦁    Assist Corporate Finance regarding the provision of information to internal and external auditors, including statutory reporting.
⦁    Partner with tax to ensure we are meeting obligations, effectively managing associated risks and ensuring local requirements such as statutory tax reporting are completed.  
⦁    Work closely with internal business partners, providing financial expertise on processes and value-added management to support them in achieving their objectives, including but not limited to inventory management.


⦁    Educate internal leaders on budget management to support good understanding of their accountability and ownership.
⦁    Develop new approaches, processes or methods to solve new business problems, act as an agent of change and continuously reevaluating process to achieve expected profit growth and targeted margin performance. 
⦁    Coordinate and evaluate efficiency of procurement initiatives to ensure optimized margins, and proactively work with other segments to share best practices.
⦁    Develop/understand economic ROI & payback associated with all material capital expenditures. Optimize free cash overseeing capital expenditure programs and projects (e.g., comprehensive Capital Expenditure Requisition (CER) review, tracking assigned CERs and resolving budgetary discrepancies).
⦁    Working with Corporate Accounting, Shared Services, Controllers and Internal Audit staff, ensure company’s adherence to corporate governance standards (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley), pertinent regulatory requirements and to corporate finance/accounting policies, practices and procedures.
⦁    Collaborate across sites, segments and Charles River Labs affiliates to identify and leverage best practices.   This may include participation and leadership responsibilities on enterprise initiatives to help in improving organizational effectiveness.  
⦁    Responsible for personnel management activities of individuals and groups such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
⦁    Develop short and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.
⦁    Develop and oversee the implementation of training programs, including orientation, and, as appropriate, education to non-finance staff.
⦁    Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.
⦁    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

⦁    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent required.  
⦁    Experience:   8-10 years related experience in accounting or finance, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in financial planning and analysis.
⦁    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
⦁    Certification/Licensure:  MBA, CPA or CMA designation preferred.


⦁    Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
⦁    Must occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
⦁    Regularly provides information to and receives information from/through various technologies, media, sources and contacts. Must be able to accurately exchange accurate information in these situations.


⦁    Site based role (Morrisville facility)
⦁    General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


⦁    This position may require occasional domestic N.America travel.

Compensation Data

The pay range for this position is 165,000-175,000. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


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.
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.
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.
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.

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 over 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 [email protected] 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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