Senior Finance Business Partner

Req ID #:  198497

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

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 Purpose:


Are you looking for the next step in your finance career?


Do you want to work for a highly regarded, global company that improves health and lives?


Have you got the desire to join a team of finance specialists that support growth?


Charles River Laboratories are excited to bring an opportunity for an experienced Senior Finance Business Partner to become an integral part of the finance team at our site in Saffron Walden, Essex. The role is hybrid with a 3 core days per week on-site with optional remote on other days.


This role is within our Early Discovery division, a division with c$150m revenue and c800 scientists and support staff. Operating in sites in the UK and the Netherlands, Early Discovery provides drug discovery services to the bioscience community and these collaborations cover the spectrum from small, single discipline projects to fully integrated drug discovery projects. The Senior Finance Business Partner position is a key role within the Early Discovery finance team and is responsible for working alongside senior management, providing financial and business guidance to facilitate business decision making. This role will proactively analyse revenue, operating costs, capital expenditure and KPIs for management reporting and forecasting within the Early Discovery division of Charles River. The successful candidate will also be responsible for providing business partnering support across domestic and international sites. 


The Role:


  • Build Relationships
  • Company Performance Management
  • Revenue
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Corporate Reporting
  • Compliance with Corporate Governance
  • Finance Leadership

What We Offer You:


  • A very comprehensive benefits package from day one, including a large pension contribution, private medical, bonus, private dental, critical illness cover and more!
  • Global opportunities and strong career progression
  • The chance to work on several varied projects
  • To be able make a difference to health and wellbeing of people
  • To continue your own career growth
  • Flexible and hybrid working


Skills and Qualifications:


  • Accounting qualification e.g. CIMA, ACCA, ACA
  • Business partnering experience
  • Experience in the collation/interpretation of financial and other information
  • Experience in the preparation of financial reports and information
  • Working with multiple entities and foreign currencies
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Ability to operate an ERP and EPM system in order to extract relevant information
  • Attention to detail to ensure that information provided is accurate and complete
  • Time management and planning to ensure deadlines are met
  • Communication - Selects the most appropriate medium with which to communicate. Communication is clear, timely, unambiguous and to the point.  Has the versatility to adapt communication style to suit audience.
  • Networking & relationship building - Able to establish and maintain working relationships at all levels. Builds networks both internal and external in order to benefit the business.
  • Financial Analysis - Able to perform logical analysis of financial and other information from multiple sources to prepare reports of past/current performance and forecasts of future performance
  • Problem solving - Able to identify and analyse problems effectively to draw logical and accurate conclusion



It would be advantageous, but not essential if you had:


  • Experience using SAP and BPC
  • Experience in a Contract Research Organisation
  • Experience with revenue recognition issues
  • Experience with SOX controls
  • Preparation of financial analysis to support investment business cases


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.

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