Director, Global Talent Acquisition

Req ID #:  150991

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Wayne, PA, US, 19087 US

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 


Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 


As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


Job Summary

The Director of Global Talent Acquisition will build and develop talent strategies for a growing, global Talent Acquisition team that supports multiple businesses and functions within the Charles RIver Labs organization. He/she/they will lead Talent Acquisition delivery efforts that includes: recruiting strategy, process improvement, partnering with talent sourcing, analytics, branding, operations and overall candidate experience. This particular role is aligned to rapidly growing, innovative business units in an emerging area of life sciences -- Cell and Gene Therapy, as well as corporate G&A functions.  This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a highly collaborative global HR team and support our purpose - together, we create healthier lives. We're building a best in-class, agile TA function and this role will play a key role on the Global Talent Acquisition leadership team.

Long Description

  • Partner with our leadership team to understand business needs and support recruiting efforts for aligned business and functions (your client areas).
  • Lead global M&A integrations from a TA delivery perspective.
  • Drive continuous, data-driven improvement of Talent Acquisition strategy and processes.
  • Develop strong relationships with HR Business Partners to understand what workforce plans consist of plan to develop pipelines of talent.
  • Leverage various talent acquisition strategies to adapt in a fast-paced environment and manage resources effectively
  • Support senior and executive level recruitment needs of the organization for aligned client areas.
  • Be a people-oriented leader that values input across multiple perspectives and can synthesize ideas
  • Leverage data and have an ability to deep-dive to gain and share insights with leadership
  • Oversee / manage relationships with third-party agencies and vendors

Job Qualifications

  • B.S. preferred  with 12+ years of Talent Acquisition experience in the life sciences  industry with proven ability to build high-performing organizations
  • Experience leveraging data to communicate to leadership to identify strengths and opportunities within talent processes/programs to guide our teams to exceptional performance
  • The ability to identify and attract top talent, both for an organization and for your own team
  • Proven ability of having developed high performing teams, programs, solutions or strategies
  • Passion for staying up to date with the latest TA trends and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to be seen as a true Talent Partner to all levels of the business
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills – you are proactive, dynamic and thorough
  • Experience in system implementation, social media strategy, training and competitive market intel



IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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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