Senior Accountant (General Ledger) 1

Req ID #:  187173

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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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary


We are seeking a Senior Accountant to join our Corporate General Ledger Accounting Team.  This role focuses on general ledger close responsibilities, such as month end journals, reconciliations, flux analyses, and more for our entire North American region, providing the opportunity to interact with site leads on a routine basis. 


In this position, you will work closely with your manager on the accounting, reporting and compliance requirements for allocated businesses, and will support the local Finance Team in implementing good accounting practices to ensure timely and accurate submission of results.


 Additionally, you will benefit from frequent cross-functional engagement with Fixed Assets, SEC reporting, Shared Services, Revenue, Consolidations, M&A and others on daily tasks, team projects and ad hoc assignments.


The following are responsibilities related to the Senior Accountant position: 



    Prepare monthly journal entries and balance sheet reconciliations requiring calculations of a moderate to high level of complexity.
    Review general ledger detail and run-rates to identify and record required adjustments.
    Apply knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Company policies to solve moderate to complex problems.
    Coordinate and oversee assigned accounting tasks and processes.
    Analyze financial data and extract relevant information; interpret data for purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project a financial probability.
    Mentor and help train more junior level staff accountants.
    Assist with identification and implementation of process improvement initiatives.
    Assist manager with leading various team project implementations.
    Provide internal and external auditors with requested supporting documentation.
    Learn and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley controls.
    Support merger and acquisition initiatives.
    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Senior Accountant position:


    Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (preferred) or related discipline.
    Five or more years related experience and/or training.
    CPA preferred.
    Excellent spreadsheet skills required. SAP, Blackline and Analysis for Office experience a plus. 
    Strong written and verbal communication skills required.



Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.
Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 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. 

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 for the past 3 years.

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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