Business Finance Controller

Req ID #:  90373

S. San Francisco, CA, US, 94080

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 a highly motivated, experienced, personable Business Finance Controller for our Discovery sites located in South San Francisco, CA.  


The successful candidate will, as a member of the site leadership team, provide financial and business guidance in order to facilitate business decision making, whilst maintaining a robust accounting and control environment


Specific Responsibilities will include:


  • Plans and conducts complex studies to determine cost of business activities.  Recommends budget adjustments, and other cost improvement measures.
  • Analyzes complex financial data and extracts and defines relevant information; interprets data for the purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project a financial probability (e.g. weekly / monthly forecasting)
  • Reviews costs and performs cost benefit analysis related to projects and/or programs.
  • Performs complex statistical, cost and financial analysis of data.
  • Develops financial reports for forecasting, trending and results analysis.
  • Interprets financial transactions in order for Sr. Management to make economic or business decisions.
  • Supports the execution of the strategic planning and forecasting process.
  • Prepares and presents materials to stakeholders  (e.g. budget, monthly business reviews).
  • Assist in the development of management reporting and planning systems and tools.
  • Ensures SOX and other regulatory compliance.
  • Develop new approaches, processes or methods to solve new business problems, act as an agent of change and continuously reevaluate processes to maximize financial performance of sites. 
  • Working with Corporate Accounting, Shared service functions and Internal Audit staff to ensure site adherence to corporate governance standards (e.g. Sarbanes-Oxley), pertinent regulatory requirements and to corporate finance/accounting policies, practices and procedures.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Business Finance Controller position: 


Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or the equivalent in Accounting, Finance or a directly related discipline
Experience: Minimum 7 years related experience in accounting or finance with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in financial 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.
Other: Comprehensive understanding of operational, sales and financial issues for each assigned business unit is required. Excellent organization, good judgment, diplomacy and multi-tasking ability. High degree of integrity and professionalism. Demonstrated technical proficiency in Microsoft office suite (specifically Microsoft Excel). Demonstrated analytical, problem solving and organizational skills with superior attention to detail. 


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 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 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.


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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