Supervisor (Animal Care/Husbandry)

Req ID #:  68072

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 an Animal Care/Husbandry Supervisor for our GEMS: Breed Department located in Wilmington, MA. The Animal Care/Husbandry Supervisor directs day-to-day operations.



  • Develops production/service (or operations) and resource plans that meet goals in terms of safety, quality, output and cost.
  • Oversees the management for site operations and ensures continuous process improvement.
  • Ensures effective management of site operations, finances and budgets in close collaboration with the functional area directors within the company’s matrixed organization.
  • Develops/supports best practices for managing, allocating and accruing project and trial level resources.
  • Selects, develops and evaluates personnel to ensure efficient operations. Provides general direction to and review of managers in various functional areas, groups and/or operations, etc.
  • Develops/supports corporate and/or organizational policies and authorizes the implementation of these policies. 
  • Provides daily supervision of personnel and operations to maintain and monitor the health, production, and physical environment of Charles River or external customer animals within isolators, micro-isolator caging and/or ventilated cage systems, to ensure achievement of departmental goals and levels. 
  • Independently handles routine personnel-related issues; assists in the handling of complex personnel-related issues.
  • PerformS all other related duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a technically related field (e.g. Biology) or related discipline
  • 2 years related experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience.
  • ALAT Certification.
  • Proficient in computers (MS Office Suite).
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills. 


  • One (1) year experience in a Supervisor or Lead position.


About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.


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