Project Manager, Business Optimization:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Horsham Pennsylvania

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.


Responsible for optimizing site performance via management of a portfolio of projects focused on eliminating waste, improving customer experience, enhancing quality, reducing risk, and maximizing financial gains via the use of Lean/Six Sigma (LSS) and Project Management methodologies.  Collaborates with and supports Project Manager of Process Improvement and site leadership in the identication, tracking and execution of key projects.  Responsible for initiating and assuming leadership of selected business improvement projects that support operational excellence, growth, and other key strategic initiatives.

  • Identify process improvement opportunities impacting revenue, costs and business risk.
  • Lead projects to solve key business issues and implement targeted solutions using LSS problem-solving methodologies and other tools as appropriate.
  • Support project teams in creation and documentation of process mapping activities.
  • Implement and maintain a tool aimed at tracking project status, deliverables, and cost savings/benefits.
  • Monitor projects post-implementation to ensure sustainability of solutions and to confirm predicted benefits and cost savings.
  • Ensure appropriate resources are acquired, scheduled and utilized.
  • Develop a suite of key metrics illustrating progress against both individual projects and overall site goals.
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses, capture cost savings, and validate benefits related to selected projects.
  • Network with experts at other sites and around the organization to establish and share best practice. 
  • Serve as a change agent, build and motivate teams, and foster positive relationships with and among team members.



  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in a related discipline.
  • Experience:  1-3 years of successful process improvement project experience applying lean six sigma methodology and/or project management experience. One year of experience with Charles River is preferred.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Certified Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt in DMAIC, Lean or Design for Six Sigma methodologies. 
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to deliver results.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate and to effectively lead and communicate at all levels
  • Comfortable with mathematical concepts.


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

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