Sr. Director, Global Head of Science Analytics

Req ID #:  217618

US Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary


Head of Science Analytics will lead an integrated & matrixed team of scientists, data scientists, data product owners, analysts, and engineers, and be responsible for leading the innovation vision, strategy and execution of Charles River’s Science Analytics product development and data strategy. The successful candidate will be the subject matter expert in drug discovery and development for internal and external data team(s), the bridge between customer use cases and product development, and the champion for success. This person will also provide thought leadership and apply a curious appetite to answering progressive questions by leveraging available scientific data.    


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Define the vision and strategy, including the product roadmap, for our Science Analytics platform of the future and  aligning with business objectives around the Preclinical Data Innovation Platform governing data use and customer co-operation.
•    Design and implement a data use plan in collaboration with the data, commercial and legal teams; champion progressive, data-as-an asset mindset internally and externally
•    Act as a strategic partner to both external collaborators and internal business stakeholders with accountability for progression and development of the science analytics products and roadmap 
•    Liaise externally with customers on data consent updates and internally with data privacy officer and Legal
•    Actively seek feedback from business stakeholders and relay it to the team
•    Ability to build and sustain strong working relationships with both business and technical professionals, and to influence decision makers and stakeholders 
•    Have a product development mindset and a deep understanding of application use cases, and work with the data product owners, data engineering, data science, and science teams to align the product roadmap with the highest impact needs of the program
•    Ability to effectively communicate and make technical information consumable to large, multi-national audiences; Able to explain technology applications in business terms 
•    Champion the science analytics products both internally and externally to foster alignment and drive adoption and continuous improvement throughout the product lifecycle 
•    Effectively utilize internal/external networks to communicate with key stakeholders
•    Accountable for ensuring that data generation is fit for purpose and will both drive the program forward and improve the platform throughout the lifecycle
•    Operate and promote an environment where open, transparent communication is valued and trusted.
•    Empowers others – supportive of fail, learn, and grow
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned. 

Job Qualifications


•    Education: Master’s Degree, preferably in a life science, Data Science or related discipline. A PhD is a nice to have. 
•    Industry Experience: Deep knowledge of biology and chemistry intelligent scientific data management, visualization and analytics applications required; experience in Machine Learning (ML) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) methodologies preferred. It is preferred that candidates have experience working in companies of varying scale. 
•    A minimum of 12 or more years of drug discovery and development experience in a hands-on scientific role. 
•    A minimum of 5 or more years of experience leading delivery of AI/ML products focused on scientific drug discovery and development use cases.  
•    At least 10 years of experience in data science product management in the Biotech/Pharma industry; plus a proven track record of leading science analytics and data strategy in alignment with the overall company strategy.  
•    Executive leadership and influence: Experience presenting and influencing high level decision makers on enterprise-level strategic decisions and prioritization
•    Operational Effectiveness: Leads by example- fostering strong "get it done" orientation and culture, including individual roll-up-your-sleeve contributions and continuous prioritization and execution
•    Communication: Proven experience partnering with preclinical and clinical science leaders and defining narrative to educate them on emerging data-driven approaches
•    Experience working in an Agile environment 
•    Ability to negotiate and influence without authority 
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
•    An effective listener 
•    Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities 
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

•    Must regularly operate a computer in an office-like environment 
•    Must regularly communicate with employees/customers; must be able to exchange accurate information.

•    This position may require domestic and international travel 

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, 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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