Compliance Officer

Req ID:  139713

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL Harlow, GB, CM19 5TR

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 looking to recruit for a Compliance Officer within Charles River to be based at either one of our main sites in Saffron Walden and Harlow with occasional travel to our High Peak site. In return, Charles River can offer a competitive salary and benefit package with flexible working options as well as further training and development and the chance to work with our Discovery teams in other regions. 


You will provide strategic and operational input and expertise on regulatory compliance and related matters. You will be expected to interpret and deal with new legislation and regulations ensuring processes and procedures are in place to guarantee regulatory compliance for UK Discovery.


Main Responsibilities:
-    To provide expert compliance advice and support to senior management and all managers and staff within UK Discovery  
-    Ensure appropriate processes and procedures are in place to ensure compliance across a number of key areas, such as: trade compliance, shipping, VAT issues and IoR requirements for goods, new hazardous materials, Ozone depleters, PoAO, CITES, Pathogens, Human Tissue Act (England and Wales) and GDPR 
-    Leading investigations into compliance incidents and following up with appropriate action and solutions as needed 
-    Representing the company in interactions and partnering with statutory and regulatory bodies 
-    Acting as a role model and mentor for all staff in compliance matters   
-    Facilitating the smooth running of the business’s operations 
-    Carrying out projects as delegated by management, delivering to time and budget
-    Regular interaction with Charles River stakeholders across the business
-    Be able to support in quality auditing tasks on regulatory processes 


-    Ideally educated to degree level within a scientific discipline  
-    3+ years demonstrated advanced experience in compliance in the pharmaceutical or other highly regulated sectors 
-    Experience of operating in the compliance areas 
-    Knowledge of interactions with statutory regulators 
-    Demonstrated skills as a mentor / trainer 
-    Flexible and able to apply strong problem-solving skills to deal competently with issues that come in unexpectedly
-    Able to maintain and stay up to date with regulatory knowledge and sharing of “best practice”
-    Approachable and able to deal with confidential matters with integrity
-    Some experience of carrying out quality related tasks would be advantageous (auditing, maintaining QMS systems and supporting the CAPA programme)


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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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