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Principal ERP Specialist (Finance and HCM)

Req ID #:  37796

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.


Roles Summary

We are seeking an experienced Principal ERP Specialist for our site located in Wilmington, MA

SAP’s ERP solutions are used globally throughout CRL’s business operations. These technologies are used in CRL for finance, procurement, sales, customer service and scientific operations. CRL is rapidly growing and we rely heavily on our expanding ERP platform and solutions to support the organization in its strategy. CRL is looking for a Principal SAP ECC Specialist experienced with Financial Management and Human Capital Management with a focus on HCM, General Ledger, Fixed Assets, Tax, Controlling, Project Systems, Intercompany Processing, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.  The Specialist will provide subject matter expertise, oversight, and guidance in assuring the delivery of high quality support inclusive of continuous improvements and other service related activities to a diversified user community across multiple geographies and businesses.     

The ERP Specialist is accountable for:

  • Providing application and business process expertise within the Service Delivery team for the areas of Financial Management and Human Capital Management
  • Meeting Service Level Agreements and customer satisfaction targets in the resolution of incidents within Financial Management and Human Capital Management
  • The transition of project lead initiatives to the Service Delivery Organization by acting as the liaison between Project team members and Service Delivery team members to assure successful knowledge transfer and acceptance of open items such as known issues
  • Maintaining a strong positive relationship with business technology partners, project delivery team and key business contacts in defining and prioritizing continuous improvements
  • Assuring system documentation is current and accurate
  • The solutioning, on time delivery, and quality of enhancements and service requests


The following are minimum requirements related to the Principal ERP Specialist position.

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in computer science, engineering, business administration or related discipline.
  • Experience: Minimum of eight (8) years SAP experience that includes supporting and enhancing an existing SAP ERP implementation, experience within Life Sciences or other regulated industry
  • Strong SAP Expertise focused on: HCM, General Ledger, Fixed Assets, Tax, Controlling, Project Systems, Intercompany Processing, Accounts Payable, COPA, and Accounts Receivable
  • Experience working with remote teams
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, clarify, quantify and document business requirements
  • Demonstrated ability to suggest, define and implement business improvements
  • Demonstrated ability to define and deliver services in the context of supporting ERP applications

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 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 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 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

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 ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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

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