Procurement Co-op (Lab Ops) Jun-Dec 2020

Req ID #:  55922

Wilmington, MA, 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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Lab Operations Co-op for our Procurement business to be located at our Wilmington, MA site. The Lab Operations Co-op position is in support of key Lab Operations procurement projects including implementation of Scientific Services technology platform, site transition support for supplies and consumables category and supply base rationalization.  Candidates should have scientific background such as chemistry, biology or bio-chemistry, strong data analytics and a desire to learn.

An Internship/Co-op at Charles River Labs provides real world, hands-on experience for college students looking to gain knowledge and skills required for your career field of choice, while giving you an unparalleled internship experience.  We are dedicated to ensuring our Co-op/Intern population can experience the ability to Grow, Perform, and Succeed during their time on board. 

The Lab Operations Co-op will be responsible for:

  • Provide support for Lab Operations
  • Support the roll out of marketplace platforms such as Science Exchange or
    • Capture outsourcing requirements from scientists and ensure that the platform will support
    • Work with Procurement Process Improvement to ensure that system support is fully tested and functional
  • Provide support with rationalization of supplier catalogs to drive spend to preferred suppliers and reduce the tail spend suppliers
  • Provide support for implementation of Vendor Managed Inventory at key sites
  • Leverage spend analytics to identify consolidation opportunities; understand total cost of ownership and cost drivers, analyze product/service specifications to identify rationalization opportunities; analyze demand and spend to identify patterns and reduction opportunities 
  • Analyze market intelligence to build business cases and cost models to identify and quantify improvement opportunities for both sourcing and non- sourcing – e.g., demand management, process improvements, insource vs. outsource, et
  • Collaborate with cross functional business partners and site procurement teams to identify and highlight areas of potential opportunity, value and efficiencies

The following are the requirements related to the Lab Operations Co-op position.

  • Scientific background is preferred
  • Graduate level preferred, but not a must
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to engage with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Strong presentation skills

Benefits to the Candidate:

  • Overview of a complex business and the data that supports critical decision-making
  • Training on Procurement requirements and processes and practical exposure to supply market dynamics
  • Understanding of how organizations work cross-functionally to support a critical business capability
  • Practical application and development of research and analysis skills

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet




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