Accountant II (Corporate Accounting - Leases)

Req ID #:  66275

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 II to join our Corporate Accounting team, located in Wilmington, MA. This role will primarily focus on Lease Accounting, working closely with our Corporate General ledger and Fixed Assets teams. This is a unique opportunity to be mentored by our lease accounting expert in all aspects of interpreting technical lease accounting guidance as it applies to complex contracts. Applicants with a high aptitude and eagerness for learning will particularly excel in this role


The following are responsibilities of the Accountant II position:

  • Participate in the monthly general ledger close process, including preparation of journal entries, balance sheet reconciliations and other accounting and reporting schedules in a timely manner with a high degree of accuracy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, with a primary focus on the effective application of ASC842 
  • Obtain, review and organize global lease contracts consistently to ensure up-to-date and accurate lease accounting and reporting records
  • Identify key lease terms and enter into lease accounting and reporting system
  • Assist with the monitoring of key dates and triggering events resulting in changes to lease payments, impairments, terminations or purchase of leased asset
  • Communicate effectively with subsidiaries and other departments to help facilitate accurate vendor payments, monthly forecasting and internal and external financial reporting
  • Support sites globally with accounting guidance, training and various reporting needs
  • Assist with creation, documentation and monitoring of standardized system controls, procedures and forms
  • Work across the enterprise to gather information to support proper accounting and reporting of leases and other assigned areas
  • Review general ledger detail and expense run-rates to identify and record required adjustments and reclassifications
  • Ensure accounting policies are being followed
  • Provide internal and external auditors with requested documentation
  • Understand and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley controls
  • Assist with ad hoc activities within Lease Accounting, Fixed Assets and General Accounting
  • Assist with identification and implementation of process improvement initiatives
  • Perform all other related duties assigned 


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

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.)  in Accounting (preferred) or related discipline
  • Two or more years related experience and/or training in Accounting
  • Excellent Excel skills required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required


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

  • CPA track a plus
  • CoStar, SAP, Blackline and BPC 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 80 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, with annual revenue reaching $2.62 billion in FY2019.


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