Group Leader

Req ID:  66031

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

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 for a dedicated team member to join our multi disciplinary team as a DMPK Group Leader at our Cambridge site in the UK. You should be driven by a desire to provide expert scientific input to individual projects whilst troubleshooting issues, implementing new efficiencies and leading your team to succeed. A career with us is an ongoing journey of discovery and therefore we look to recruit the best and brightest employees.


You will need

  • Demonstrated leadership skills; experience in coaching and motivating your team whilst mentoring all to develop talent is essential.
  •  A passion for science; a demonstrated expertise of delivering DMPK support to projects alongside the willingness to innovate.
  • The ability to manage your work across multiple projects.
  • Excellent communication skills; these will be essential to engage and inspire whilst working in a matrix environment.
  • Strong organization and time management skills alongside an inbuilt flexibility to adapt to change.
  • Practical experience of DMPK or ADME assays; the best way to lead by example and successfully troubleshoot issues is to get involved in the day to day.
  • An understanding of in vitro pharmacology and medicinal chemistry; you will be required to contribute to the strategy of project teams.
  • To be an effective team player; with the confidence to stand up for what you believe in whilst listening to others to collaborate effectively with your peers.
  • To be data driven; confidence in making data based decisions and further recommendations are key to successful client collaborations.
  • An interest in new technologies and implementing efficiencies; essential to help us deliver the best to our clients.


In return you will have the opportunity to

  • Be part of a rapidly developing, multi-disciplinary team who are
    • dedicated to partnering with our clients to develop quality candidate molecules
    • supportive of each other every step of the way
  • Be involved in the early stage drug discovery process
  • Develop in an environment that empowers change to fulfil your ambitions and goals
  • Work in our newly appointed laboratories

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 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.