Associate Director, HR Programs - Safety Assessment

Req ID #:  100139

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 US Chicago, IL, US, 60654 Cleveland, OH, US, 44128 Memphis, TN, US, 38104 Reno, NV, US, 89511 Detroit, MI, US, 48201 Newark, DE, US, 19711 Lowell, MA, US, 01854 Mattawan, MI, US, 49071 Raleigh, NC, US, 27610 New Haven, CT, US, 06519-6052 Baltimore, MD, US, 21224 Ashland, OH, US, 44805 Boston, MA, US, 02116 Worcester, MA, US, 01608 Waltham, MA, US, 02451-1420

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

Responsible for partnering with HR, management and key leaders to drive HR programs, supporting work force planning, talent acquisition and talent management. Plan, execute, and manage long term projects applying project management approaches and techniques to ensure consistent delivery and quality. 

•    Ensure that HR related projects are executed on time, on budget for the SA organization 
•    Develop strong, trusting partnerships across the organization  
•    Drive the efficiency of HR operations in collaboration with team  
•    Set strategic priorities: Helping to identify the areas where the team must direct their focus and identifying metrics for success.  Revisiting regularly and evaluating progress  
•    Work with HR leaders to consolidate and create effective presentation materials for applicable meetings  
•    Create and update dashboards for reviewing key performance indicators 
•    Monitor and measure progress toward the department performance objectives;
•    Support the creation and execution of action plans to support team achievement of performance objectives
•    Monitor progress of projects assigned to team members and provide guidance to use of tools and coaching through the appropriate application of project management techniques.
•    Project manage the HR team to deliver against the People Plans and core HR processes as required, ensuring that the HR team are kept informed and key activities are delivered within deadlines
•    Incubation of new initiatives as appropriate and then spinning them off to other teams, or winding them down entirely and integrating our findings to future efforts.
•    Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, manage costs, maximize, and maintain state-of-the-art practices.
•    Participate in the development and communication of departmental systems, SOPs, policies and procedures.  
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Human Resources, or related discipline.
•    Experience: 7-10 years related Human Resources management experience, preferably in the life sciences industry.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure: PHR/SPHR preferred
•    Other: Must possess excellent interpersonal communication and influence skills.  Solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 suite and PowerBI required. Familiarity with SuccessFactors highly desired. Must be able to learn new software quickly. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English is required.

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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