Sr. Accountant, Technical Accounting

Req ID #:  68871

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 Sr Accountant, Technical Accounting for our Corporate site located Wilmington MA. The Sr. Accountant will be responsible for researching technical accounting matters and assisting in the development of policies to support compliance with regulatory standards. Assist in the implementation of new accounting guidance issued by FASB  or the SEC, including researching and documenting the proper accounting and reporting application.
The following are responsibilities related to the Sr Accountant, Technical Accounting:

  • Research accounting literature and apply technical standards to complex business issues and transactions, including revenue recognition, business combinations, investments, leases, impairment valuations, inventory, tax, stock-based compensation, pensions, and VIE assessments.
  • Communicated and engage with external specialist (e.g., goodwill/intangible assets valuations and pensions) during valuation exercises to ensure assets and liabilities are fair valued appropriately.
  • Draft accounting and financial reporting position papers for review by management and external auditors.
  • Assist in the implementation of new accounting guidance issued by FASB or the SEC, including researching and recommending the proper accounting and reporting application.    
  • Assist in technical accounting research and resolving internal technical accounting issues.
  • Perform contract review and collaborate with other departments to ensure all aspects of the contract are appropriately accounted for.
  • Identify sustainable strategic improvements, suggest corrective actions, coordinate implementation and track efficiencies achieved.  
  • Assist in updating and implementing accounting policies and procedures to respond to changes in the Company’s business, and SEC/GAAP regulations.
  • Identify improvements that will positively impact corporate success and fully comply with objectives and regulations. 
  • Provide support during the quarter/year end close to the External Reporting team.
  • Communicate with external auditors on areas worked upon to ensure conclusions reached in a timely manner.
  • Assist in the performance of internal control activities (e.g., SOX compliance).
  • Perform ad-hoc accounting analysis and projects and other related duties as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Sr Accountant, Technical Accounting position:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in accounting or related discipline. 
  • Three (3) years related experience with at least two of the required years with a national or regional CPA firm and/or commercial company; or an equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific experience.


The following are preferred qualifications related to the Sr Accountant, Technical Accounting position:

  • CPA

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 17,000 employees within 80 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.


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