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Executive Director, IT Mergers & Acquisitions

Req ID #:  40064

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 experienced Executive Director, IT Mergers & Acquisitions for our Information Technology group.

The Executive Director IT Mergers & Acquisitions is accountable for the strategic execution of IT related due diligence and integration/separation activities related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures (MAD).  The role is also accountable for strong business partnership & communication, execution of IT strategy within MAD, while ensuring the strategic objectives of all deals are accomplished.  The role will have exposure to executive management at Charles River Labs (CRL), with regular interactions with a variety of stakeholders in the organization, and as such, must professionally and clearly communicate and manage expectations at all levels. The person in this role must make decisions accounting for the strategic direction of CRL and IT given the medium and long term impacts it will have on the success of the company.  This role has a direct reporting line to the IT senior leadership team and dotted line responsibilities to the Corporate Development Team and Business Leadership Teams.

This role has accountability across CRL, more specifically described below:

  • Work with leaders across the business and IT to understand MAD business goals and strategy, along with transaction specific goals & success drivers.
  • Lead and keep confidential IT due diligence activities, leveraging the right technical resources at the right time to accurately scope & budget. Diligence includes requesting and reviewing information, preparing diligence readouts outlining key risks, mitigation plans and full integration program.
  • Program manage IT related integration/separation activities through the entire M&A lifecycle, which includes due diligence, acquisition/divestiture transaction execution and post-merger integration in alignment with transaction goals & business objectives.
  • Understand & raise business and execution risks related to IT in deal diligence, execution, integration and operations post-close.  Considerations include deal structure (asset/equity), current and end state IT operations, potential legal risks etc.
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships during acquisition & integration with all key business partners (e.g., business unit head, head of acquired company, business development team, all team members) in terms of IT MAD activity/progress, risks, and expectations.
  • Evaluate target IT management structure & talent, working with peers in IT leadership and HR organizations to develop a comprehensive change management and communication plan at close and ongoing during integration.  
  • Smoothly transfer integration activities within IT to managers for ongoing operations.
  • Management accountabilities:
    • Build and manage a team to deliver continually high customer satisfaction, productivity, and team member engagement related to this role.
    • Coordinate activities amongst direct reports within management scope.
    • Provide guidance, standards, objectives and management practices.
  • Systematically improve due diligence such that, post deal closure, budget variation is minimized.
  • Systematically improve integration process for quality (speed & minimal disruption) in goal achievement at best possible cost.
  • Fiscal oversight of MAD activities related to IT, including budget creation for both deal related activities (i.e. integration) and operation of target companies during integration, ensuring best possible costs while achieving deal goals & in alignment to the strategy.
  • Improve productivity at best possible cost.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Executive Director, IT Mergers & Acquisitions position.

Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in computer science, engineering, business administration or related discipline.
Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years business & IT experience. Life sciences industry experience preferred. Minimum of five (5) years of Mergers, Acquisition, & Divestiture experience required.

  • Effective communication skills for large, multi-national audiences.
  • Business acumen – strong understanding Experience managing budgets, understanding of customer value.
  • Management acumen – Solid understanding and demonstrated experience in:
    • Build and manage a high performing team.
    • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills including collaboration, influencing & aligning.
    • High Emotional Intelligence (EQ).
    • Relationship building.
    • Management by influence.


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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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.


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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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