Senior Manager, M&A, Technical Accounting

Req ID #:  215983

US Watertown, MA, US, 02474 Waltham, MA, US, 02451 Lowell, MA, US, 01854 Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Boston, MA, US, 02116 Worcester, MA, US, 01608

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 overseeing and/or researching technical accounting matters and development of policies to support compliance with US GAAP, SEC and regulatory guidelines and standards.

⦁    Research accounting literature and apply technical standards to complex business issues and transactions, including but not limited to revenue recognition, business combinations, divestitures, investments, impairments, valuations, inventory, taxes, leases, stock-based compensation, and VIE and consolidation assessments.
⦁    Provide technical accounting support to domestic and international business unit operations and finance personnel. Work with stakeholders to development, implement, and operationalize accounting solutions.
⦁    Prepare or supervise written accounting and financial reporting position papers for review by management and external auditors.
⦁    Monitor and evaluate all changes to U.S. GAAP accounting pronouncements and determine the global applicability to the Company.
⦁    Assist in the implementation of new accounting and reporting guidance issued by FASB or the SEC, including researching and recommending the proper accounting and reporting application.    
⦁    Manage communications with external auditors on technical accounting matters to ensure auditor agreement with Company positions. Perform contract review and assist with structuring to ensure agreements and related financial impact including accounting implications, are properly understood by key decision makers.
⦁    Assist with M&A accounting and integration of newly acquired companies, primarily accounting due diligence, opening balance sheet preparation and analysis, including valuations, and accounting policy alignment.
⦁    Support the development of worldwide accounting policies; search for methods to improve quality of worldwide accounting and improve efficiencies.
⦁    Update and implement accounting policies and procedures to respond to changes in the Company’s business, and SEC/GAAP regulations
⦁    Assist with developing accounting policies and procedures and creating tools and training to expand sharing of accounting knowledge and information.
⦁    Assist in quarterly and annual process for filing the Form 10-Q and 10-K, including drafting and reviewing documents, ensuring quality.
⦁    Assist with the preparation of quarterly and periodic Audit Committee materials.
⦁    Responsible for personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
⦁    Identify sustainable strategic improvements, suggest corrective actions, coordinate implementation and track efficiencies achieved. 
⦁    Develop short- and long-range operating and strategic objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.
⦁    Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures, SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols.
⦁    Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.
⦁    Perform all other related duties as assigned. 

Job Qualifications

⦁    Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in accounting or related discipline. Master Degree in Business Administration is beneficial.
⦁    Experience: Six to eight years related experience with at least three of the required years with a national CPA firm. Experience with a Big Four certified public accounting firm is highly preferred. Experience with international accounting and financial reporting required.
⦁    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
⦁    Certification/Licensure: CPA required
⦁    Other: Aptitude for planning/managing deadlines. Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information to various levels of an organization, especially senior and executive leadership. Creative approach to problem solving and the ability to think “out-of the box”.  Ability to self-motivate and function independently. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to partner with various teams within finance and business/operations teams. Experience interpreting and applying the requirements of Accounting Standards Codification topics.  Demonstrate strong analytical skills. General working knowledge of SEC regulations and filing requirements.

⦁    Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
⦁    Must occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
⦁    Regularly provides information to and receives information from/through various technologies, media, sources and contacts. Must be able to accurately exchange accurate information in these situations.

⦁    General office working conditions; the noise level is usually quiet.

⦁    This position may require occasional domestic / international travel.

Compensation Data

The pay range for this position is $145,000 to $165,000. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, and location.

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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