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Financial Analyst I

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 currently seeking a Financial Analyst to support our Finance Global Shared Services team.


The Financial Analyst will be responsible for measuring the finance department’s performance to ensure the overall quality, consistency, and timeliness of activities. Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders on enterprise performance improvement initiatives globally.

  • Assist in global close process tool which houses all journal entries, close tasks and reconciliations. Deliver training to the global finance community to ensure all teams are working in the same manner.
  • Ensure adequate approvals for access to respective systems to comply with all internal controls standards.
  • Effectively measure the performance of the Shared Services function as well as other Finance functions.
  • Develop recommendations and action plans to support growth and eliminate or mitigate observed risks.
  • Work in concert with Finance Teams to develop dashboards that display departmental health
  • Report on KPI's that measure improvements and prepare the Shared Services for future growth. Track progress against business plan, identify any deviations and suggest plans to remediate; provide reports and analysis as required.
  • Work with other finance departments to develop processes and reports for team success
  • Maintain procedures and controls documentation for various pieces of the finance control activities
  • Maintains technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing publications.
  • Run quarterly internal and external audits to ensure compliance with related controls in the month end closing process.
  • Analyze various accounts, on a global basis, to see trends and areas of focus.
  • Ensure a metric driven focus on processes & technology enhancements.  Evaluate and measure the effectiveness of improvements.
  • Facilitate and conduct root cause analysis to determine the underlying drivers behind performance gaps. Root cause may include on site observation, interviews, and process documentation.
  • Develop presentations and discussion documents to highlight business issues and opportunities for executive level review.
  • Assist in efforts to identify future efficiency opportunities; including but not limited to: conducting ROI analysis, prioritizing initiatives and measuring results


The following are minimum requirements for the Financial Analyst job opening.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in business, management or related discipline.
  • Two to four years related experience and/or training.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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.


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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet