Internal Controls Manager

Req ID #:  142557

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Detroit, MI, US, 48201 US

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.

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

We are seeking an Internal Controls Manager for our Corporate Finance team to be located remotely or in the Massachusetts area. The Internal Controls Manager is responsible for facilitating the Company’s Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 compliance efforts by ensuring the financial and systems controls are properly designed to prevent or detect errors in financial reporting. This individual will apply the company’s risk-based methodology to prioritize processes for review and formal documentation in alignment with CRL documentation standards and provide guidance on internal controls best practices aligned with group policies, rules and regulations.


The following are the responsibilities related to the Internal Controls Manager position:

  • Work with SOX leadership in managing the SOX 404 Program including scoping, setting the global calendar, orchestrating and executing limited sample testing on behalf of management, summarization and communication of test results, etc.
  • Manage internal compliance routines and assessments to ensure ongoing compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and established internal control frameworks (COSO).
  • Provide oversight, technical support and guidance to ensure that the company’s financial controls and supporting records are prepared in accordance with company policies and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Serve in an advisory capacity and provide subject matter expertise on internal controls to broader business
  • Ensure controls are designed to address process and financial statement line item risks through discussions, process walkthroughs and limited control testing, resulting in recommendations for modification and improvement. 
  • Assess and implement formal SOX compliance plans, timelines and implementation of controls by collaborating with Senior Global Internal Control Managers and M&A Integrations Team for acquired companies.
  • Support internal quality control process to assess top SOX risks, establish risk mitigation strategies, present recommendations to senior management and perform limited pre-audit testing and remediation on behalf of management.    
  • Provide internal controls support for digitization and other efficiency projects to assess changes to the internal control environment, assess risks, design suitable controls, train stakeholders, test and remediate controls. 
  • Evaluate operating deficiencies identified during testing and work with responsible groups to remediate them timely.  
  • Document processes leveraging Microsoft Visio, Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Partner with management in the identification and implementation of process and control improvement initiatives to enhance the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Company’s business process controls. 
  • Facilitate internal and external audits; track and monitor all reported deficiencies to ensure timely correction. Seek improvements in the Company’s control environment to improve effectiveness and efficiencies. 
  • Assist with implementation of shared service center initiatives and organizational structure design to optimize quality workflow and ensure proper segregation of duties. 
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.    

Job Qualifications

The following are the qualifications related to the Internal Controls Manager position: 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance or other business related major.
  • Experience: 4 to 6 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting and private industry.
  • Ability to build and maintain solid relationships across multiple levels of management including communication with external auditors/consultants.
  • Strong knowledge of the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Section 404, US GAAP applicable to the technology industry, SEC reporting requirements, and PCAOB and COSO/Internal Audit standards.
  • Strong operational capability and sense of urgency to drive assigned tasks to completion to ensure achievement of annual departmental initiatives.
  • Willingness to roll up sleeves to both do the work and manage initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and multi-task in a fast-paced/high growth environment with multiple entities.
  • Strong international and inter-cultural experience.
  • Ability to prioritize the most critical areas and issues with an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Experience establishing a SOX controls program that address a combination of financial/operating and technology objectives
  • Familiarity with financial systems as they relate to reviewing and improving internal controls
  • Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
  • One or more current qualifications required - CISA, CRISC, CISSP, or CPA


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.

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. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 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. 

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 for the past 3 years.

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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