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Procurement Co-Op: Lab Operations Purchasing

Req ID #:  43578

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 Procurement Co-Op: Lab Operations Purchasing for our Corporate site located in Wilmington, MA.


The following are responsibilities related to the Procurement Co-Op: Lab Operations Purchasing:

  • Role 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 Life Sciences RFP.  Candidates should have scientific background such as chemistry, biology or bio-chemistry, strong data analytics' and a desire to learn. 
  • 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 for Purchasing for new site/lab openings (China, South America for example) 
  • Provide support with the Life Sciences Products spend baselining and ultimately support with the RFP process


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Procurement Co-Op: Lab Ops Purchasing position:

  • Student currently enrolled in an accredited college/university degree program pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or Supply Chain Management
  • Completion of Sophomore year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Ability to fulfill a 6-month co-op engagement beginning in June 2019
  • Effective communication and listening skills in a teamwork environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects with a strong attention to detail

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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 in 2017.


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

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