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Charles River Laboratories Executive Director, Human Resources (REMOTE) in Worcester, Massachusetts

Executive Director, Human Resources (REMOTE)

Req ID #: 128232


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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.

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position,a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process. Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary

Responsible for providing human resources leadership and oversight for multiple corporate global functions (Finance, Strategy, Technology, Legal, Communications and HR). Provide organizational development and strategic support in designing and implementing programs in support of people initiatives, assist in multi-level recruitment, employee relations and mediation of workplace issues. Participate in business strategic planning across corporate functions and be the strategy leader for people implications. This position is open to being remote.


  • Provide high-level partnership, coaching and consultation to senior leaders on a variety of HR-related areas, including organizational structure and development, succession, performance management, recruitment and retention, and compensation decisions.

  • Implement and optimize human resources programs, policies and procedures to meet the business needs. This includes understanding workforce planning, reviewing data for insights and trends, and determining people priorities.

  • Drive a focus on employee engagement and help shape culture to ensure retention, motivation, and growth of employees.

  • Lead recruitment activities for senior leadership roles; screen applicants; interview candidates; process verbal and written job offers; arrange relocations as necessary.

  • Manage a team of HR business partners who support all aspects of HR supporting people leaders and employees in the global functions.

  • Actively participate as a member of the Charles River HR Leadership team, collaborating on People Strategy deliverables and developing the HR organization.

  • An additional part of the role is to be the focal point and owner across HR on human resources policies and procedures specifically focused on employee relations, working closely with legal.

Job Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Human Resources or related discipline.

  • Experience: 15 or more years related experience and/or training, including at least three years in a senior management role with an emphasis on organizational development and employee relations. Ideally has supported global functional team before as HR Business Partner.

  • Experience in supporting multinational operations and/or working within a pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment strongly preferred.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Certification: SPHR preferred.

  • Other: Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities. Strong project management and change leadership experience. Familiar with HRIS systems, reporting and data analytics.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position.If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV.

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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