Lead Test Automation Architect

Req ID #:  81132

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 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.

Basic Summary

 Responsible for developing, implementing and maturing an enterprise capable integrated Test Automation Strategy. Is a Testing and Automation domain expert, thought leader and quality assurance advocate. Can articulate the value case for automation with demonstrable examples of how and where it’s best to leverage these technologies for optimum return. Has finger on the pulse with respect to IT innovation, industry trends and how they could impact our direction of travel.

•    Design, build and deliver our enterprise Test Automation Strategy and Roadmap in line with Business/IT strategies, policies and objectives 
•    Identify and propose value adding Test Automation solutions appropriate for each Business area, domain, platform or product
•    Research and exploit industry thought leadership in order to bring relevant value adding automation innovations to CRL 
•    Develop best practice tool utilization policies, frameworks and methods to support Agile, Devops and Continuous Testing goals
•    Create measurement frameworks to enable regular assessment of performance and value, informing and driving constant desire for improvement 
•    Direct definition of automation knowledge management and training approach, supporting requisite capability uplift across the Enterprise Testing chapter(s)
•    Build relationships across Business and IT leadership and peer groups to enable strategy alignment, collaboration and shared advocacy 
•    Adhere to pertinent regulatory requirements and to company policies, practices and procedures (e.g., SOX, SOP, GLP, GMP, etc.).
•    Manage financial budgets and forecasts to remain within commitments while achieving goals.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.


•    Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in computer science / engineering or equivalent work experience  
•    Tricentis Tosca - Test Architect Level 1 Certification (desirable)

•    Minimum of ten (10) years leading Test Automation Strategy design, build and implementation 
•    At least two (2) years delivering Test Automation within an Agile, Devops (or similar) environment 
•    Deeply developed understanding of modern enterprise technology stacks / variants, related automation challenges, constraints and solutions (e.g. Cloud vs on-prem, Web vs Desktop, UI vs API or Data Stores etc.)
•    Coding proficiency in one or more object-oriented programming language (e.g. C#, Java etc.) and/or scripting language (e.g. Python, Ruby etc.)
•    Solid understanding of HTML, CSS, XML, JSON and the HTTP protocol
•    Understanding of RESTful APIs and proficient in writing automated tests for them 
•    Strong understanding of Agile methodologies and use of Application Lifecycle Management tools
•    Capable of developing and implementing Performance Testing (Load, Soak, Stress, Volume etc.) strategies and familiar with market leading toolsets (desirable)

•    Effective communication skills for large, multi-national audiences. 
•    Management acumen – Solid understanding and demonstrated ability to:
•    Develop strategic goals, plans and measures 
•    Strong leadership and interpersonal skills including collaboration, influencing & aligning
•    High Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
•    Relationship building
•      Consulting skills                                                                                                                                                                            
•    Business acumen – Experience managing budgets, understanding of customer value

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 crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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