Manager, North America Accounting (General Ledger)

Req ID #:  67393

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 a North America Accounting Manager (General Ledger) for our Corporate site located in Wilmington, MA.

The following are responsibilities related to the North America Accounting Manager:
•    Manage staff and accounting close processes including: accounting entries, account reconciliations, expense analysis and key accounting reports
•    Resolve accounting process issues and adjust procedures to complete tasks efficiently and accurately
•    Identify and implement process initiatives and policies to improve operational performance
•    Partner with finance colleagues and business partners to explain accounting impacts and trends
•    Possess strong knowledge of accounting concepts, strong analytical skills and industry knowledge to review issues and develop and enact standards and policies
•    Prepare monthly reporting packages and presentations for senior leadership review
•    Effectively manage direct reports by providing clear goals and tasks and timely and constructive performance feedback
•    Administer, analyze and communicate results of balance sheet reviews
•    Perform accounting policy reviews of entities and assess deviations from US GAAP and company policies; harmonize accounting practices with acquisitions and other accounting teams
•    Support the quarterly reviews and the annual audit processes (internal and external)
•    Support the SEC Filings, and other financial presentations as needed
•    Manage related SOX controls and processes including control narrative and design maintenance, execution and proper documentation
•    Conduct efficient team meetings and cross functional meetings
•    Support accounting integration of acquisitions as needed
•    Additional duties as required

The following are minimum qualifications related to the North America Accounting Manager position:
•    Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or equivalent in accounting, finance or related discipline.
•    Six years related experience with at least 3 of the required years with a national CPA firm. Experience with a Big Four certified public accounting firm is preferred.
•    Three years direct staff management strongly preferred.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Master's degree (MBA) and/or CPA preferred.
•    Strong written and verbal communication skills
•    Occasional travel may be required

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.


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