Animal Program Support Specialist 1

Charles River Laboratories

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Cambridge, MA

Job Description

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Job Overview:

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking an Animal Program Support Specialist for our Insourcing Solutions Department based at our CRADL facility in Cambridge, MA.

Supports multi-site vivarium activities including but not limited to ordering animals, maintaining databases and metrics, ordering supplies, managing shipment coordination, tracking billable client detail, and vendor management for clients as well as Charles River Accelerator & Development Labs (CRADL) internal business needs.

The following are responsibilities relate to the Animal Program Support Specialist:

  • Leads and oversees all animal procurement through approved electronic platform, including but not limited to adding/updating client housing accounts, placing animal orders, imports, or standing orders, change requests, receipts due, reviewing animal health reports, and wait listed orders.
  • Conduct ongoing work within approved electronic platform, including but not limited to setting up vendor accounts, facilities & rooms, printing cage cards, processing animal transfers, updating protocol animal register, running, and processing reports.
  • Facilitates clients Animal Ordering Account set-up with approved vendors.
  • Leads and oversees ordering of all client consumables, drugs or products, and equipment ordering.
  • Responsible for making animal import and export shipping arrangements. Coordinates these activities with veterinarian and facility supervisor.
  • Ensures any shared rooms or equipment booked are recorded, tracked for use and charges are communicated for monthly invoicing purposes.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the position Animal Program Support Specialist:

  • Education: Associate degree (A.A./A.S.) or Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal, laboratory or life science field preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum of two (2) years directly related laboratory animal experience in a laboratory animal facility. Experience as team or work lead, preferred
  • Certification/Licensure: Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification from AALAS. Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG), CVT, LVT, or RVT certification preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and certifications may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Other: Ability to perform independently with a minimum of direct supervision, able to handle multiple tasks. Working knowledge of laboratory animal facilities operations. Demonstrated ability to adapt and respond timely to the needs of research personnel and Client staff to ensure that excellent customer service is always provided Ability to effectively follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with coworkers, research staff, and managers. Strong organization skills and attention to detail. Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Office, word processing and database record keeping required.

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor. As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees.

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ([email protected]) so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.

About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 20 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 for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected] This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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