Senior Project Manager

Req ID #:  194337

Stilwell, KS, US, 66085

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.


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

This position has multi-functional responsibilities to provide project management and process optimization in support of the Integrated Toxicology (ITox) business area. This person will serve as a key contributor in expanding the footprint of the digital lab of the future (LOTF).  As a Senior Project Manager for Integrated Toxicology efforts, oversight includes system implementation, business/process optimization, data delivery, and supporting proof of concepts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

•    Work within a contributing team environment, developing and fostering teamwork and facilitating team dynamics.  
•    Use Project Management, Six Sigma, and/or SDLC methodology to define, develop, and execute projects throughout all phases of planning, implementation, release, and close.
•    Apply hands on experience as a Business Analyst:  Facilitate User Story/Requirements gathering sessions, define process mapping with major impact areas, perform gap assessments, acquire system knowledge, work within the PM tools, lead and perform system testing.
•    Strong problem solver with ability to lead the team to push the solution and progress.
•    Leverage AGILE/Iterative based Project Management approach to managing projects and project teams.
•    Communicate effectively with internal and external customers, with ability to propagate information promptly, clearly, and unambiguously.
•    Identify trade offs between short and long term benefits to drive shared vision between the team and product owner.
•    Collaborate with the business and understand business problems to implement scalable and sustainable solutions.
•    Document major decisions, risks, and issues.
•    Estimate project workload, including assisting project team members with estimates.
•    Manage project budgets and meet budgetary objectives, working directly with the Procurement division.
•    Lead and build multi-disciplinary teams. Work closely with Stakeholders, Process Owners, Technical Advisors, Quality Assurance, IT, and Business Analysts throughout the project life cycle.
•    Demonstrate excellent Time Management to engage in multiple projects.
•    Monitor PM processes to ensure proper utilization/prioritization of the product backlog.
•    Develop and execute project plans/agile initiatives, revising as appropriate to meet changing project needs, resources, and requirements.
•    Establish meaningful and clear milestones for all active projects to achieve deadlines.
•    Collect and analyze project related data to identify problems and root causes.
•    Oversee project release and support, including training, change management, and system handover.
•    Facilitate retrospective reviews to evaluate the released product and collect lessons learned.
•    Present project updates and metrics as required.
•    Promote a culture of continuous improvement, transparency, and trust, helping teams to inspect & adapt.
•    Open to embracing new initiatives/ideas, outside of knowledge/skillset.
•    Ability to leverage knowledge within the business to lead discussions around business process optimization.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


•    Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a scientific or related discipline.
•    Experience:   6 years related experience in a GLP contract research/pharmaceutical setting, including at least 4 years as a Project Manager and 2 years of Business Analyst experience. 
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure:  PMP and/or Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt preferred, but not required.
•    Other:  Comprehensive knowledge of GLP and other federal regulations and guidelines pertaining to pharmaceutical research. Knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio) and Project Management tools (such as MS Project, Power BI, or SmartSheet). Working knowledge of computer operating systems and electronic communications.  Must be able to perform effectively as a team member, maintain a positive work atmosphere, communicate effectively, and interact in a professional manner with management, coworkers, and sponsors. Skill requirements include foresight, analysis and logic, systematic and orderly planning, and attention to detail.

NOTE:  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


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 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.


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