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Senior Accountant - External Reporting

Req ID #:  40016

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 Senior Accountant - External Reporting to join our Corporate Accounting team in Wilmington, MA. 


The Senior Accountant - External Reporting will prepare SEC reports and schedules in compliance with regulations and in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Coordinate with other groups within the company including Corporate Accounting, Tax, Treasury, Investor Relations, Operations and business units to ensure accurate and timely reporting of financial data.  Prepare and analyze aggregated financial data to ensure accuracy and compliance with regulations and practices. 

  • Ensure that the company’s public financial statements and other SEC filings are of the highest standards of quality, GAAP-compliant and useful to management and the investing public.
  • Assist with the quarterly and annual process for filing the Form 10-Q and 10-K (Edgar and XBRL), including drafting documents, ensuring quality, and coordinating review by management, legal counsel and independent accountants, while adhering to strict timelines.
  • Assist with preparation of other periodic SEC documents, including, but not limited to Form 8-K, S-3, and S-8 reporting requirements.
  • Assist in preparing earnings releases, including pro forma results, as well as investor presentations.
  • Track and communicate with both internal groups and external auditors on financial statements to ensure day to day deliverables are completed in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the implementation of new accounting guidance issued by FASB (e.g. ASC 842) or the SEC, including researching and documenting the proper accounting and reporting application.    
  • Assist in technical accounting research and resolving internal accounting technical issues. Identify sustainable strategic improvements, suggest corrective actions, coordinate implementation and track efficiencies achieved.  
  • Identify improvements that will positively impact corporate success and fully comply with objectives and regulations. 
  • Assist in preparation of annual benefit plan financial statements and audits.
  • Identify improvements that will positively impact management of benefit plan audits and financial statement filings for defined benefit and defined contribution plans.
  • Assist in the performance of internal control activities.
  • Perform ad-hoc accounting analysis and projects.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


The following are minimum qualifications for the Senior Accountant - External Reporting position. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in accounting or related discipline.
  • Three to five years related experience with at least two of the required years with a national or regional CPA firm and/or commercial company with consolidation.  Experience with financial reporting 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 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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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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