Sr. Employee Communications Manager

Req ID #:  102713

Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 US

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. Employee Communications Manager for our Corporate site located in Wilmington, MA (Remote).  


The Sr. Employee Communications Manager will advise executives and senior leaders and develop and implement internal communication strategies and plans that engage, align and inspire employees with Charles River’s vision and business strategy and drive employees' understanding of and engagement with Charles River’s priorities and key initiatives. This role will work closely with our Chief People Officer to drive our People strategy as well as integration communications in support of M&A activity. 


Essesntial Duties & Responsibilities

•    Work closely with executives and senior leaders on communication strategies and activities to support key corporate initiatives, such as our People and M&A Communications strategies.
•    Provide strategic counsel to executives and senior leaders and develop messaging and internal communications for company and industry updates, key initiatives, and other topics.
•    Develop internal communications programs that mobilize employees to achieve the company's goals.
•    Create and support execution of communications plans for corporate groups and site directors for regular communications touchpoints and change initiatives as needed.
•    Manage all phases of communications development from evaluating effectiveness and identifying needs through planning, execution and measurement.
•    Recommend and plan communications strategies, programs or activities that address specific business issues or employee needs and achieve desired results.
•    Create clear, concise and timely communications that convey key messages tied to business/company goals and foster employee understanding and commitment.
•    Develop well-crafted written material for a variety of audiences from senior executives to front-line employees and for various communication vehicles including the intranet, e-mail, speeches, presentations and print collateral.
•    Measure communications effectiveness using best practices and KPIs. 
•    Advise and counsel others on effective internal communications strategies and tactics.
•    Manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned. 

Job Qualifications


•    Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in marketing, communications, human resources or related discipline. Graduate degree preferred.
•    Experience:  Minimum of 7-9 years related experience in employee communications for a multi-site organization, including advising executives and senior leaders.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure: None
•    Other: Excellent writing and marketing skills required. Effective communication skills for large, multicultural, multinational audiences. Strong interpersonal skills including collaboration, influencing, aligning, and active listening.  Must feel comfortable discussing communication needs with executives, senior leaders and key stakeholders at a global level. Must be able to meet deadlines and work with tight deadlines and competing priorities.

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 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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