Accountant I - General Ledger

Req ID #:  66273

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 N.A. General Ledger closings including preparation of journal entries, reviewing balance sheet and income statement accounts and financial reporting with a basic level of complexity in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and will work closely with our Corporate Fixed Asset 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 and to establish oneself within a rapidly growing global organization.

The following are responsibilities of the Accountant I position:

  • Participate in the monthly general ledger close process, including preparation of journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations and other accounting and reporting schedules.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Assist with review general ledger detail and expense run-rates to identify and record required adjustments  and reclassifications.
  • Understand and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley controls.
  • Assist with creation, documentation and monitoring of system controls, procedures, and forms.
  • Provide internal and external auditors with requested information.
  • Communicate effectively with 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.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Accountant I position:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) in Accounting or related discipline
  • 0-2 years related accounting experience and/or training
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills 
  • Excellent Excel skills required    

The following are preferred qualifications related to the Accountant I position:

  • CPA track a plus
  •  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.


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