Accountant I

Req ID #:  66631

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.
  • 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.


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

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


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

  • CPA track a plus
  • BPC and Blackline experience a plus
  • Knowledge and practical experience with financial accounting software systems, SAP a plus
  • Attention to detail, willingness to learn

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, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet