Accountant II - M&A and Special Projects Accounting

Req ID #:  73394

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 M&A and Special Projects team within Corporate Accounting, located in Wilmington, MA.


The following are responsibilities of the Accountant II position:

  • Partner with Fixed Asset CoE, Revenue CoE, inventory CoE and shared services as well as relevant Finance and cross functional teams in order to achieve the Finance integration milestones.  
  • Prepare and review monthly balance sheet account reconciliations with a moderate to high level of complexity
  • Create workbooks supporting key M&A accounting conclusions including any adjustments between acquiree and CRL policies
  • Apply knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Company policies to solve moderate to complex problems.
  • Provide input into acquisition/integration plan to ensure all identified significant accounting related impacts are properly considered.
  • Review general ledger detail and expense run-rates to identify and record required adjustments and reclassifications.
  • Analyze complex financial data and extract relevant information; interpret data for purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project a financial probability.
  • Assist with identification and implementation of process improvement initiatives.
  • Understand and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley controls. Partner with the Internal Controls team to ensure accurate and timely controls established on acquisitions and clean audit results of M&A and strategic investments related accounting by internal and external auditors.  
  • Provide internal and external auditors with requested documentation.
  • Partner with cross Finance teams to ensure proper gathering or creation of pertinent accounting support
  • Perform or partner with Technical Accounting teams on accounting research as necessary in M&A and strategic investments from time to time. 
  • Identify and implement or assist in implementation of process improvements in M&A accounting activities.  
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned. 
Minimum Requirements

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

  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in accounting or related discipline
  • Two (2) or more years related experience with at least two of the required years with a national or regional CPA firm and/or commercial company.   An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Excellent spreadsheet skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills required
Preferred Qualifications

The following are Preferred Qualifications related to the Accountant II position:

  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration preferred.
  • M&A accounting experience
  • CPA
  • Experience with SAP Business Planning and Consolidation (BPC) or Hyperion Financial Management (HFM)

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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62.


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