Project Manager, Safety Assessment

Req ID #:  93871

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 Project Manager for our Safety Assessment business to be located remotely anywhere in the US. The principal role of the Project Manager is to provide support to clients and internal stakeholders following the award of multi-site and/or multi-study Safety Assessment programs. Resolve moderately complex issues independently and escalate as appropriate.  Ensure communication with all stakeholders.


The following are the responsibilities related to the Project Manager position:


•    Manage assigned projects/programs according to CRL’s best practices and project management methodology. 
•    Manage CRL and client expectations from project/program awardment to project/program closure. 
•    Deliver project/program scope and deliverables as defined within the CRL statement of work and amendments. 
•    Provide project/program leadership to the internal and external project team, clients, and stakeholders. 
•    Oversight of the project/program timeline while collaborating and supporting the CRL Study Director(s)/Scientists. 
•    Develop project/program communication and risk management plans, as applicable. 
•    Identify and manage the project/program dependencies and critical path. 
•    Negotiate and mediate with project team, clients, and stakeholders to deliver a proactive approach in the management of project/program issues and risks. 
•    Document and communicate timely status of the project/program, incorporating an overall health report on project/program timeline, issues, and risks. 
•    Consult with business development, client service and project coordination team members in areas of contracts and change orders. 
•    Foster relationships to support the success of the project/program delivery, and overall client relationship. 
•    Utilize best practices and tools for project execution and management. 
•    Provide feedback for improving the CRL project management best practices and methodology based on lessons learned. 
•    Report governance and Key Performance Indicator metrics to meet CRL and Client expectations, as deemed appropriate.

Job Qualifications


The following are the minimum requirements related to the Project Manager position:


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a scientific or business discipline. Project Management certification: Advantageous, not required.
  • Experience: Minimum of 5 years of experience in project management and/or client/study management, preferably in a life sciences company and/or multinational corporation.
  • Fluent in written and verbal English
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other:  Capable of working with minimal supervision, able to handle multiple tasks and effectively prioritize based on identified goals.  Strong communication and interpersonal skills. Organizational skills and attention to detail required.  Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.  Ability to work effectively and efficiently to meet deadlines.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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


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