Associate Director - Production & Surgical Operations

Req ID #:  67237
Location: 

Raleigh, NC, US, 27610

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking an Associate Director of Production and Surgical Operations for our Research Model & Services site located in Raleigh, NC.

 

The Associate Director of Production and Surgical Operations will direct all operational responsibilities for production of small animal (rodents) models at the site.  This individual will drive efficiencies and improve quality output in production and surgical operations by identifying key performance areas and applying resources for direct benefit.  He/She will maintain oversight of commercial opportunities and development of key relationships with industry stakeholders (internal and external to Charles River) for improved positioning of Raleigh animal models business and value-add service capabilities.  He/She will keep within industry standards, develop operational training programs and implement through our Animal Welfare Specialist to ensure regulatory compliance and high quality model standards are met.  He/She will also trouble shoot customer issues and implement corrective actions to improve product offering.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Develop new site capabilities and portfolio offerings for revenue growth in commercial research models business in Raleigh.
  • Manage operational training program effectiveness and drive implementation through Animal Welfare Specialist to keep site compliant with regulatory and industry standards.
  • Review operational practices and develop / implement drive efficiencies to increase competitiveness in commercial market.
  • Leadership of the accreditation process with AAALAC.
  • Primary site contact for external and internal QA audits related to animal model production.
  • Manage activities of assigned group(s) to ensure effective performance of function.
  • Interview and select qualified exempt- and non-exempt level departmental personnel.
  • Recommend, review and approve personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises.  Partner with Human Resources in the handling of disciplinary issues.  Prepare and/or approve appropriate personnel action paperwork.
  • Identify training and development needs of direct reports.  Develop and oversee the implementation of departmental training programs, including orientation; monitor training programs to ensure ongoing effectiveness.
  • Monitor performance of direct reports.  Provide regular coaching and counseling.  Prepare and deliver salary and performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals initiated by direct reports.
  • Authorize overtime as needed.  Review and approve time cards.  Review and approve vacation/time off requests and coordinate vacation/time off schedules.
  • Assist in the development of short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements.  Assist in the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of supervisory staff and key technical personnel.
  • Assist in the development and recommendation of departmental budget.  Authorize expenditures in accordance with budget.  Approve budget and expenses of subordinates.
  • Ensure optimum performance of group function.  Determine and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
  • Develop and maintain departmental systems and SOPs.  Assist in the development and communication of departmental policies and procedures.  Partner with Human Resources to develop and approve job descriptions for subordinate positions; ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to employees.
  • Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through Affirmative action in all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotions, training, work assignments, and salary actions etc.
  • Perform special projects and other related duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or Master’s of Science or Business Management/Administration.
  • Four to six years related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Must possess excellent partnering, facilitating, influencing, negotiating and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must have well organizational competencies and creative thinking/problem-solving ability.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.

 

About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.

 

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 - M/F/Disabled/Vet

 

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