Manager - Facilities

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.



Oversee management, maintenance and operation of the physical plant, laboratory, scientific and support equipment areas. Coordinate and manage the work of employees in the general maintenance and upkeep of buildings, grounds and equipment. 



  • Create, maintain, implement and manage a preventative maintenance plan for the entire facility.
  • Assure the availability, coordination and cost effectiveness of all supplies, materials, equipment, and services needed to maintain and operate the facility.  Control and manage inventory levels, analyze data, cost history, vendor quality and performance. 
  • Identify repairs and maintenance that need to be completed by third-party vendors.
  • Serve as a project manager on special projects and liaise with affected departments.
  • Select vendors via competitive bidding, experience review and performance recommendations. 
  • Provide oversight of work performed by vendors and contract personnel in areas such as construction, preventive maintenance, service and repair, calibration and certification.
  • Maintain repair records and other paperwork in compliance with GMP standards as applicable.
  • Ensure continuous coverage/monitoring of emergency response to building, physical plant alarms, scientific equipment, support systems and security alarms. 
  • Research and recommend the facilities capital improvement budgets.
  • Ensure that departmental equipment is maintained in good working condition and that departmental area(s) are maintained in a clean and orderly condition. 
  • Assist in the planning, response and recovery operations for emergency situations and disaster recovery.
  • Actively manage energy utility budgets and strive to conserve energy by implementing energy conservation and awareness programs throughout the site.  Work with local procurement personnel and review public utility contracts before their execution.
  • Manage activities of assigned group(s) to ensure optimum performance of the group/function.
  • Responsible for personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.
  • Assist in the development of short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.
  • Assist in the development and recommendation of departmental budget and authorize expenditures.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of departmental training programs, including orientation.
  • Ensure adherence to pertinent regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures [SOPs, safety procedures and protocols].
  • Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.
  • Participate on the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in industrial or commercial engineering or related discipline.  Project Management Professional (PMP), or equivalent, in a project/program management related area is preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of 5 years experience with hands-on building and physical plant operations and maintenance as well as procurement and contract negotiation experience.  Experience using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS).  GLP/GMP pharmaceutical laboratory, CAD and construction experience preferred.  Three or more year’s supervisory experience, to include building operation technicians and contractors.  
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  None.
  • Other:  Working knowledge of building trades in the areas of: electrical, plumbing, mechanical and/or general construction. Ability to multi-task, lead in high stress and crisis situations.  Strong problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, leadership and written/verbal communication skills. Excellent negotiating skills. Working knowledge of OSHA regulations and ANSI guidelines. Working and practical knowledge of the AAALAC Accreditation Standards as outlined by “The Guide” and International ISO / GMP / GLP Standards as dictated in the BioPharma industry. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office, CMMS).


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

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


Full time
Malvern, Pennsylvania 19355, US