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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Req ID #:  44400

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 experienced Talent Acquisition Specialist for our Research Models & Services (RMS) business located in our Wilmington, MA site.



The Talent Acquisition Specialist will support the overall recruitment activities for the Research Models & Services business.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Strategizes, implements and manages recruiting and staffing processes and practices for the company, and all related talent acquisition programs including recruitment process outsourcing, diversity/inclusiveness initiatives, employee referral programs, university relations and career fair efforts, employer brand, and social networking presence.
  • Partners with hiring managers and HR to forecast talent acquisition needs and to articulate proactive pipeline management strategies.
  • Sources and develops qualified candidate slates through the use of web-based tools employee referral programs, university recruitment, career fairs, agencies, and/or recruiting contractors.
  • Proactively screens and provides the tools, framework, and process for effective candidate assessment, interviews and selection.
  • Manages applicant tracking, record management, and ensures process compliance.
  • Coordinates all pre-employment screening/background checks and partners with HR and management to facilitate offer negotiation and new hire onboarding.
  • Partner with management to develop job specifications, make salary recommendations and negotiate starting salary with management and candidate, administer tests and interpret results, and arrange transportation of selected applicants. 


Job Requirements


The following are minimum requirements related to the Talent Acquisition Specialist position.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ recruitment experience.
  • Prior experience recruiting in a corporate environment.
  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques, personnel policies and procedures, and federal and state laws regarding employment practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities and exhibit great attention to detail.
  • Mastery of Microsoft suite of programs, capable of creating and producing spreadsheets as required for client deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbal and in writing with employees and candidates, to maintain confidentiality in daily operations and to exhibit the appropriate sense of urgency.


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 14,000 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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