Maintenance Supervisor

Req ID #:  216761

Stilwell, KS, US, 66085

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

Charles River is seeking a Maintenance Supervisor to join our Integrated Toxicology (ITox) team at the Kansas City (CR-KAN) Site.  This site is the first of its kind, bridging CRL’s Discovery and Safety Assessment business units, bringing a fully automated Histology, Pathology, and BioAC technology to a standard lead ops tox study model to deliver rapid study results to our clients.  When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. As the Maintenance Supervisor, 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. The Maintenance Supervisor position is a hands-on role as well is responsible for management and supervision of daily preventive and reactive maintenance and repairs. Assist with oversight and daily workload of technical personnel. Provide leadership, technical guidance, and serve as a mentor to less experienced staff. Assist with oversight of external contractors and vendors who work on-site.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•    Perform and/or direct maintenance and construction of physical plant mechanical and environmental systems.
•    Monitor and maintain maintenance systems buildings and grounds. Isolate and identify malfunctioning equipment for repair, adjustment, and replacement.
•    Perform preventative maintenance and reactive repairs on mechanical equipment and environmental systems.
•    Ensure compliance with safety and quality practices and procedures. Coordinate purchasing and contractor services for maintenance operations.
•    Respond to emergencies as needed and review, evaluate and support all site maintenance related emergencies and critical repairs.
•    Assist in facility and system design and utility cost reduction programs.
•    Maintain repair records and other paperwork in compliance with GMP/GLP standards as applicable.
•    Provide training and development needs of assigned staff. Assist in the development, implementation and delivery of departmental training programs and ensure that assigned staff receives departmental orientation and necessary on-the-job training. Monitor performance of assigned staff. Provide regular coaching and counseling. Serve as a mentor to less experienced staff.
•    Provide guidance in the day-to-day activities of assigned departmental employees to ensure accurate, high-quality work, and adherence to pertinent departmental policies, practices, and procedures (SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols). Ensure schedule is prepared daily, accurately reflecting required tasks and workload. Serve as a model as it relates to effective time management, communication, and utilization of resources.
•    Provide leadership and motivation to departmental personnel.
•    Schedule overtime as directed; assist in the coordination of vacation/time off schedules. Assist in the maintenance and communication of departmental systems and SOPs.
•    Assist in the interview and selection of qualified non-exempt personnel. Assist in developing recommendations regarding personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises. Assist in the drafting of appropriate personnel action paperwork.
•    Assist in preparing responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits. Use SOPs, processes and company policies when performing all job functions.
•    Develop and oversee the implementation of departmental training programs, including orientation.
•    24/7 emergency duty coverage as assigned.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education: High school diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.) or equivalent. Refrigerant certification preferred. Experience: 5+ years of facility and mechanical equipment and building automation experience required.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. High working knowledge of computer-based systems such as Microsoft Windows Office suite, CMMS, CAD
•    Certification/Licensure: Licensure in one or more trades preferred. Valid license holder in specialized discipline including: Boiler operator (Firemen, Engineer) Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC etc. Other: Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision.

•    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and type at a computer.  
•    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

•    Works in a research laboratory/vivarium environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from quiet to moderately noisy.
•    While performing the duties of this job the employee may occasionally be required to wear protective clothing (goggles, face shield, surgical mask, cap, gloves, scrubs, boots), and/or work near live animals with risk of exposure to allergens and/or zoonotic diseases. The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors, and/or wet, humid, and/or extreme temperature conditions.


Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.
Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities. 


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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