Project Management Specialist

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 e perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



Job Summary


We are seeking a Project Management Specialist, located in Wilmington, MA

Responsible for developing project plans for routine to moderately complex projects and for managing client colonies.  Recommend and implement colony management improvements.  Responsible for developing routine to moderately complex proposals and cost estimates for existing business.



  • Develop project plans for routine to moderately complex projects, including project initiation activities, communications, and cost estimates.
  • Manage routine to moderately complex GEMS client colonies; actively monitor quality of activities, operations and/or projects and make day-to-day decisions.
  • Perform continuous review of projects.  Communicate financial impact based on customer plans for strategic planning.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for client(s); provide and coordinate needs of Principle Investigator(s), provide project updates and manage project goals/expectations.
  • Resolve routine to moderately complex customer requests, inquiries and complaints and provide technical assistance.
  • Meet regularly with clients, develop an understanding of their business needs and offer service solutions related to the complexity of the projects being managed.
  • Deliver product presentations to existing customers.
  • Update and maintain information systems related to project and client data.
  • Generate and distribute colony health reports.
  • Coordinate invoicing process; including credits re-bills, review aging and DSO report and support accounting in collecting delinquent accounts.
  • Train departmental personnel on new or revised Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Assist in the development of written procedures and preparation of forms for recording routine test and quality control results.
  • May serve as a team or project leader.
  • Provide leadership and motivation to GEMS staff.
  • Collaborate with Project Management and Technical Services staff to address client requests.
  • Work closely with legal department on draft agreements to facilitate execution of Master Services Agreements.
  • Ensure work is performed in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and other applicable regulations.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Project Management Specialist position.

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in life sciences or related discipline.
  • Experience:  Two to four years related experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification preferred.
  • Other:  Ability to multi-task, excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail required. Working knowledge of MS Office Suite required. Experience with MS Project and ERP systems preferred.


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 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 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 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

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 ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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