Associate Director Facilities Projects

Req ID #:  218663

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL Nether Alderley, ENG, GB, SK10 4TG Harlow, GB, CM19 5TR Stevenage, GB, SG1 2FX GB Keele, GB, ST5 5SP Potters Bar, GB, EN6 3LD Erkrath, NW, DE, 40699 Ballina, IE, F26D786

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

Responsible for managing assigned domestic and international capital projects from inception to completion in support of all business units.  Work closely with Project Owner to coordinate efforts and compile owner’s requirements. Oversee program development, design management, construction coordination, schedule and budget coordination and accountability, through all stages of the project lifecycle. Support and conduct technical reviews, develop white papers and execute initiatives related to the technologies and facilities systems in the CRL network.



⦁    Manage domestic and international capital infrastructure projects from inception to completion. Project values may be up to $200M US and projects may be defined/short term or strategic and requiring project tracking over time. 
⦁    Oversee program development, design management and construction coordination.
⦁    Develop program budgets and schedules in support of initiative business case. 
⦁    Draft capital request executive summaries and justifications as required.
⦁    Develop all required project documents for Business unit capital review committee and Global Capital Review Committee  reviews.
⦁    Regular interface with finance on spending plans while accountable for delivery of projects within approved budget and schedule. 
⦁    Monitor and drive progress of projects, maintaining budgets and schedules.
⦁    Ensure value management, internal project cost control and scheduling tools are used to manage projects efficiently.
⦁    Responsible for establishing lines of communication between and integrating efforts of the user group, owner’s representative, architectural, engineering, construction management, commissioning, validation coordination and operational delivery of large-scale capital projects so that project objectives are attained.
⦁    Coordinate interface with operations users for program development and preconstruction services. 
⦁    Work with procurement throughout the selection process for hiring third-party service firms as construction managers, designers, and related consultants by writing RFPs, evaluating proposals, conducting interviews and making recommendations to senior management.
⦁    Manage furniture, fixture, and equipment (FFE) infrastructure and user coordination.
⦁    Coordinate underwriter and code review of project designs in conjunction with Corporate Risk requirements.
⦁    Ensure effective and proactive safety management programs are in place for employees and contractors
⦁    Track and report project progress to leadership, alerting developing problems where management intervention or oversight is required.  Plan and implement appropriate actions as necessary to mitigate risks.
⦁    Lead outsourced capex resources in the delivery of projects.
⦁    Provide engineer services related to degree discipline including drawing reviews, guideline and standard development and technical white papers
⦁    Lead common interest groups retailed to technical specialty.
⦁    Provide consultation to network sites related to technical specialty.
⦁    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

⦁    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc /BA ) in engineering or architecture required.  Master’s degree advantageous

⦁    Experience: significant and proven experience in hi-tech (med device, pharma, biotech, semiconductor) construction and engineering project management.  Experience managing projects from 20 million to 150 million GBP in total and accelerated schedules.

⦁    Certification / Licensure:  Project Management Professional (PMP), Program Management Professional (PgMP), PE, AIA UK Chapter or EIT would be desirable 

⦁    Other:  Sound working knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), OSHA and government regulatory requirements and guidelines. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritise work and meet deadlines. Proficiency in standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Project, etc. Proficiency in CAD is beneficial.

⦁    Employee is regularly required to talk, hear and work/type at a computer.  
⦁    Walking/surveying active operating facilities and construction sites.


⦁    General office (remote) working conditions; 65%
⦁    On-Site visits to various facility types; 35%
⦁    Noise level in construction areas is usually moderate but may be loud enough to require hearing protection.
⦁    Will involve some outdoor activities – walking around properties/construction areas


⦁    This position will require 35% domestic and international travel.


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.
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.
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.
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.

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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