Accounts Payable Analyst

Req ID:  145495

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

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 are seeking an Accounts Payable Analyst for our European Shared Services Accounting department located in Riccarton, Edinburgh. Known internally as EASST (European Accounting & Shared Services Team), the European Accounting hub is central to Charles Rivers’ continued European expansion. EASST supports several key regions across Europe including UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, France.

EASST offers a platform to join a dynamic and fast paced organisation with opportunity for professional growth and development. At the heart of the success of Finance Operations is disciplined and standard delivery of financial process.  To maintain these standards, the organization must evolve to maintain industry best practice which presents project opportunities to progress the continuous improvement agenda and continue to deliver a world class service.


The Accounts Payable Analyst will be an integral part of a larger global team responsible for all levels of accounts payable to include:


  • Ability to accurately process high volume of invoices to ensure suppliers are paid on time.
  • Deliver outstanding customer service to our internal and external customers responding to queries in a timely manner.
  • Conduct monthly statement reconciliations
  • Allocate Direct Debit mandate payments
  • Allocate Vendor refunds
  • Collaborate with peers in North America & France Shared Services to support Global KPI’s and monthly global reporting.
  • Process all required finance transactions through the SAP finance system.
  • Fully understand the process to pay cycle to include, 2&3-way match, pricing and block discrepancies as well as VAT taxation.

Profile and Requirements


Minimum requirements:

  • Experience in a similar role.
  • Experience supporting multiple entities throughout Europe desirable.
  • Experience in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Language skills would be beneficial but not essential.
  • Significant experience of SAP knowledge in accounts payable, Vendor Invoice Management (VIM) preferred


What you can expect from us:

  • A clear career progression
  • World Class Training and a structured progression scheme
  • Competitive salary
  • Private Health Care
  • Subsidized electric car purchase
  • Pension scheme including 8% employer contribution
  • Personal life insurance equivalent to 6 times your annual salary
  • Employee discount scheme across hundreds of retailers
  • Paid opportunity to volunteer for one day each year


The salary for this role is £24,035 per annum + discretionary bonus. Closing date for applications is Friday 03 December 2021.


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 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.