Executive Assistant:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Wilmington North Carolina

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.



We are seeking an experienced Executive Assistant for our Finance Team located in Wilmington, MA


The Executive Assistant will provide administrative support to senior divisional or corporate executives and their staff.  Handle confidential and complex assignments by:  

  • Establish and maintain manager's calendar.
  • Screen delivered mail and phone calls and may screen manager's e-mail.  Handle routine and non-routine matters or refer them to appropriate parties for action.
  • Coordinate and follow-up on action items to ensure completion. Delegate where appropriate.
  • Contact company personnel at all levels of the organization to gather information and prepare reports.
  • Independently compose and proofread reports, correspondence and memos.
  • Independently investigate assigned problems and determine method of research, data requirements and analysis techniques.  Recommend actions.
  • Handle special projects and duties as needed (for example, data collection, report creation, database maintenance, contacting personnel for routine updates, etc.).
  • Regularly assemble, analyze and utilize confidential information to perform job duties.
  • Establish and maintain sensitive files and records.
  • Make meeting and travel arrangements.
  • Handle arrangements for visits by customers and others.
  • Answer questions and provide assistance relating to office operations and established policies and procedures.
  • Assist with phone coverage for others as needed.
  • May greet visitors, prepare expense reports, handle scheduling for one or more conference rooms, order office supplies, ensure office machinery is maintained and/or handle mail and shipping.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Executive Assistant position.

  • High School or G.E.D. and specialized secretarial training beyond High School.  Associate’s degree (A.A. /A.S.) or equivalent from two year college preferred.
  • Eight+ 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.
  • Discretion, judgment, tact and diplomacy. Ability to prioritize and multi-task. Excellent keyboarding skills, highly skilled in utilizing personal computer, e-mail and standard office software packages (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database).  Broad understanding of company policies and practices.  Ability to work independently.

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 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.

For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

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

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