Sr. Business Operations Project Manager

Req ID #:  182191

Wayne, PA, US, 19087 Erkrath, NW, DE, 40699 Cologne, NW, DE, 51105 Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Ballina, IE, F26D786 Shrewsbury, MA, US, 01545

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.

Basic Summary

The Senior Manager, Business Optimization will be responsible for leading, organizing and facilitating  a diverse portfolio of global strategic business projects within the Global Biologics business.  The project scopes will range but not limited to site expansions, site assay transfers, capacity planning, product/testing commercialization, and alliance management with several external partners. The focus will be working with a broad base of cross functional global stakeholders to deliver on the business objectives and own the project from launch through delivery and execution. 



  • Responsible for ensuring successful project launch, execution and completion of assigned projects and or programs across the global biologics business.
  • Lead assigned internal and external resources to solve key business challenges and implement targeted business solutions.
  • Influence and interact with all levels within the business.
  • Prepare and organize key financial data as required related to the project and delivery outcomes.
  • Prepare project presentations for monthly business reviews and or senior management reviews.
  • Prepare, organize and maintain project plans in CRL platforms (Smartsheet)  and schedules for project tracking.  
  • Responsible for recognizing potential project delays in advance and propose solutions to mitigate the impact with the project team.
  • Ability to work with all levels of scientific, operational, quality assurance and sales/marketing personnel globally to develop project process steps, timelines and deliverables to execute the project.
  • Ability to hold project team members and resources accountable for process step delivery and execution through controlled action tracking and follow up.
  • Maintain projects on time, managing expectations and risk and monitoring post project benefits


  • Bachelor's degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a scientific, engineering, finance or related field. 
  • 7-10 years related experience, with a minimum of five years in a project management role demonstrating successful delivery of complex projects
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, PMP certification preferred 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of cGMPs or regulatory affairs pertaining to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries is required.
  • Must have working knowledge of Project Management solutions (i.e. Microsoft project, SmartSheets) and general database applications.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards
  • Must  have MS Office Suite experience . 
  • Must regularly communicate with employees/customers; must be able to exchange accurate information.
  • This position requires occasional domestic and international travel.

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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 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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