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Executive Director - Human Resources (Location within U.K. or EU)

Req ID #:  38535

s-Hertogenbosch, NB, NL

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 experienced Executive Director, Human Resources for our Discovery and Safety Assessment business in Europe.  This position can be located in any of our sites within the U.K. or Europe.


The successful candidate will lead the Human Resources function to support the organisation’s business goals and ensure that the business has the people and organisational capabilities to succeed. As a key member of the human resources team, play a leading role in driving global and regional HR initiatives. Partner with the other senior HR professionals in contributing to the successful deployment of the company’s global HR strategy in the UK and Europe.


Key responsibilities for the Executive Director, Human Resources position include:

  • Providing strong and effective Leadership to the UK and EU HR team.
  • Deliver a passionate HR service to our business that is commercially minded and customer focused.
  • Develop close working relationships with key stakeholders to build the credibility of HR and to drive change projects which support business growth whilst maintaining good practice and compliance with legislation.
  • Work closely with Discovery & Safety Assessment business leaders and local HR leaders to ensure that the remuneration, performance management and incentive review processes are managed effectively in the UK and EU.
  • Work closely with the Talent Acquisition team to ensure the effective and efficient recruitment and onboarding of new employees.
  • Provide consistent and timely HR reporting.
  • Deliver on ad-hoc projects as required.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Executive Director, Human Resources position.

  • Extensive experience of leading a HR team across multiple locations
  • Deep understanding of UK and Europe employment legislation and labour/works councils relations
  • Understanding of benefit programmes in the different countries
  • Proven experience of working autonomously, ideally in a business partner role
  • Some experience of project management and delivery



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 Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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