Shipping & Receiving Clerk

Req ID #:  139895

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 have an opportunity for a motivated and pro-active individual to join the team at the Charles River Laboratories site in the UK. The main purpose will be to receive and receipt deliveries accurately and safely and ensure they reach the end user in a timely manner.  To provide lab support services as required either directly or as cover for others in the team. This person will be based at our Chesterford Research Park, Saffron Walden site with occasional need to travel to our Harlow, Essex site as well. 

Main Tasks:
- To receive deliveries using safe handling practices according to material type. Receipt accurately on SAP/ERM and store appropriately for delivery to end users. 
- Using appropriate safe manual handling technique, unpack and store solvents and stores consumables in the appropriate storage location in timely fashion.
- Distribute goods daily to end users or to specific refrigeration areas.
- Notify staff promptly on the receipt of ‘Regulated’ goods (Controlled drugs, Radioisotopes, Products of Animal Origin etc.) and ensure they are collected promptly.
- Follow up with delivery agents and suppliers when incorrect, incomplete or damaged goods are received, passing on information to the - Procurement Team to action as appropriate
- Prepare lists of restock consumables to members of the procurement team to enable replenishment orders to be placed in good time, and to appropriate and cost effective levels.
- Keep stores and external storage areas clear of waste packaging and ensure material is disposed of in the correct manner.
- Book out inventory stores consumables daily to departmental cost centres.
- Restock Chemistry dry store, ensuring appropriate levels to maintain efficient working.
- Provide flexible cover as required for glass washing service.
- Assist as required in set up and breakdown of site meeting rooms.
- Where training allows, assist with packing and shipping of outgoing shipments.
- Work flexibly to assist any other teams to maintain efficient working throughout the site, should need arise.


- Educated to GCSE level in English and Maths as a minimum 
- Preevious experience (1 - 2 years+) of working in a similar environment: warehouse based or postal/parcel based ideal 
- Strong problem solving skills, with the ability to work well under pressure and approach problems in a logical and calm manner  
- Track record of using processing systems such as SAP, with confidence in using and learning new technologies 
- Excellent attention to detail, with strong time management and organisational skills also essential 

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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