Senior Accountant:
Charles River Laboratories

Charles River Laboratories
Wilmington Massachusetts

For nearly 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 monthly G/L closing, including preparation of journal entries, reviewing balance sheet and income statement accounts and financial reporting with a moderate to high level of complexity in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Company policies.  Oversees and reviews the accounting process for specified accounts and/or lower level personnel.



  • Prepare monthly journal entries requiring calculations of a moderate to high level of difficulty.
  • Prepare monthly balance sheet account reconciliations with a moderate to high level of complexity.
  • Analyze operating and non-operating expenses.
  • Apply knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Company policies to solve moderate to complex problems.
  • Coordinate and oversee assigned accounting processes.
  • Assist with journal entry and reconciliation review processes.
  • Plans and conducts complex cost analysis.
  • Analyzes complex financial data and extracts relevant information; interprets data for purpose of determining past financial performance and/or to project a financial probability.
  • Provide and interpret financial information for managers to make economic or business decisions.
  • Assist with preparation and review of SEC reporting documents.
  • Ensure accounting policies are being followed.
  • Assist with the implementation and design of accounting and financial planning systems.
  • Provide internal and external auditors with requested documentation.
  • Understand and comply with Sarbanes-Oxley controls.
  • Prepare statutory reports.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.
  • Mentor, train and provide work direction to staff as needed.



  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (preferred) or related discipline.
  • Experience:  Five or more 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.
  • Certification:  CPA a plus.

Other:  Excellent spreadsheet skills required. SAP and BPC experience a plus. Good communications skills required

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.

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

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