Accountant I

Req ID #:  106031

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887

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 Accountant I to join our Corporate Accounting team, located in Wilmington, MA. This role will primarily focus on Fixed Asset Accounting, working closely with our Corporate General Ledger and Lease Accounting teams. This entry-level role presents an infrequent opportunity for an emerging accounting professional to learn and gain exposure to multiple accounting areas including supporting merger & acquisitions initiatives and financial systems conversions and to establish oneself within a rapidly growing global organization.

The following are key responsibilities of the Accountant I position:

• Prepare monthly journal entries.
• Prepare basic monthly account reconciliations.
• Demonstrate an understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, with primary focus on capitalization of fixed assets.
• Assist with periodic physical inventory counts of fixed assets.
• Assist with preparation of capital expenditure calculation and reporting.
• Assist in creation of monthly analytics (fixed asset Capital Expense Requests report, balance sheet flux analysis, fixed asset KPI's)
• Assist with creation, documentation and monitoring of system controls, procedures, and forms for properly recording fixed assets.
• Maintain documentation in accordance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements and provide internal and external auditors with requested information.
• Communicate effectively with global sites and other departments to ensure transactions are recorded appropriately and in a timely manner.
• Assist with ad hoc activities within Fixed Assets, General Ledger and Lease Accounting Teams.
• Assist with identification and implementation of process improvement initiatives.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (strongly preferred) or related discipline
• CPA track a plus
• 0-2 years related accounting experience and/or training
• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills required
• Excellent Excel skills required
• Attention to detail, willingness to learn
• Knowledge and practical experience with financial accounting software systems, SAP a plus
• BPC and Blackline experience a plus

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


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.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


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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