Accounting - General - Administrative 1

Req ID #:  133852

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 of 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.

Job Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (strongly preferred) or related discipline
• CPA track a plus
• 0 to 2 years related accounting experience
• 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


Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.
Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.

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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