Financial Controller

Req ID #:  213965

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

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

We are currently looking to recruit a Financial Controller to work with our Finance Director at our site near Tranent, East Lothian.

This role will maximise Operating Income and grow margins through resource efficiencies, strategic cost projects and profitability from both price and cost reductions.  The role has a major focus on business partnering and understanding the business to accelerate high margin and high growth business opportunities.  The role will also drive forward and project manage cost saving projects such as sub-contract use and utility volume consumption.  The role requires a deep reach into the organisation to deliver meaningful change that enhances the operation through step change.

The key responsibilities are:

Commercial Business Partnering:  strategically review the opportunities in Sales Force with the Operations departmental growth plans to generate commercial focus.

Drive Incremental Margins:  Review and challenge lower quartile margins to increase price and/or strategically lower delivery costs.

Enhance Operational Analytics:  Produce new and enhanced meaningful monthly management reporting including forecasting for senior management review.

Department Resource Optimisation:  Review KPI's and resource metrics regularly with Operations, to drive organisational efficiency.

Disciplined Cost Centre Reporting:  Establish a routine discipline and regular cadence with cost centre owners, then initiate joint action plans to improve.

Execute Efficiency Projects:  run large scale, deep lean projects to reduce the usage of key spend areas.

Site Forecast Evolution:  Deliver the weekly, monthly, quarterly forecast submissions.

Forecast analytics:  Reconciling and explaining slippage in backlogs on a routine basis to identify trends and patterns.

Monthly Financial Close:  Close the month-end, including accruals, revenue reviews and variance analysis with commentary for management reporting and SOX Corporate reporting.

Annual Plan Production:  Deliver the annual plan submission.

The minimum requirements for the role are as follows:

  • A qualified Accountant – ACCA/ICAS/ICAEW/CIMA
  • Experience in a similar position in an international environment (multinational preferably) 
  • Strong analytical and good communication skills
  • Accustomed to communicating and reporting to senior management
  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint presentation skills
  • Strong FP&A/commercial finance exposure and P&L ownership
  • Project finance lead experience
  • Supervisory and/or people management experience advantageous
  • Experience of SAP or other ERP systems and Group Reporting packages
  • Knowledge and experience of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence software packages
  • Power BI knowledge would be appreciated


Salary for this position will be dependent on skills and experience.


Job Qualifications

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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