Associate Director, Immunoassay

at Charles River Laboratories in Skokie, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Associate Director, Immunoassay

Req ID #: 215895


Skokie, IL, US, 60077

For 75 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.

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process. Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary


Responsible for the scientific and regulatory integrity of the large molecule bioanalysis business within Charles River (focused on Skokie). Serves as Test Facility Management and member of the site Leadership Team for Charles River (Skokie). Works closely with colleagues to ensure projects are conducted to achieve scientific goals and to meet regulatory requirements and client timelines. Communicates with clients, Client Services, and other Safety Assessment departments to ensure that the capabilities of the large molecule bioanalysis business within Charles River are correctly conveyed and, when engaged in a client study, that they are utilized in a scientifically correct fashion to satisfy clients and regulatory agencies. Participates and/or leads CRL global teams on scientific or process improvement (working groups, centers of excellence, etc.). Responsible for high-level training of employees in the large molecule bioanalysis groups, with a particular focus on Skokie.

Direct activities of assigned groups to ensure effective performance of department

- Monitor performance of direct reports, provide regular coaching and counseling. Prepare and deliver salary and performance reviews; review and approve performance and salary appraisals initiated by direct reports.

- Identify training and development needs of direct reports. Develop and oversee the implementation of departmental training programs, including orientation; monitor training programs to ensure ongoing effectiveness.

- Direct the development and communication of departmental systems, SOPs, policies and procedures. Partner with HR to develop and approve departmental job descriptions; ensure communication of duties and responsibilities to employees.

- Interview and select qualified departmental personnel. Recommend, review and approve personnel actions, including hiring, promotions and raises. Partner with HR in handling disciplinary issues.

- Recommend and implement techniques to improve productivity, increase efficiencies, cut costs, take advantage of opportunities, and maintain state of art practices.

- Provide scientific oversight of study design, preparation of protocols, interpretation and reporting of data.

- Guide the planning and execution of scientific research and/or critical development strategies.

- Responsible for regulatory compliance and quality analysis of study data.

- Develop and maintain client/sponsor relationships and participate in business development.

- Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in all personnel actions including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, promotions, training, work assignments, and salary actions.

- Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The pay range for this position is $130k-$160k. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications


- Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in biology, chemistry or related field.

- Experience: 7 to 10 years in an applicable laboratory environment. 3 years supervisory/ management experience. 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: Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of employees. Demonstrated knowledge and full understanding of GLP regulatory requirements, site Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), company practices, and industry standards. Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and with standard laboratory calculations.


- Must regularly operate a computer and occasionally operate other office productivity machinery such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

- Regularly provides information to and receives information from/through various technologies, media, sources and contacts. Must be able to accurately exchange accurate information in these situations.

- Must occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.


- General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

- While performing the duties of this job the employee may occasionally be required to wear protective clothing (goggles, face shield, surgical mask, cap, gloves, scrubs, boots), work near toxic or caustic chemicals, work with biohazards, and/or work with live animals with risk of exposure to allergens and/or zoonotic diseases. The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors, and/or wet, humid and/or extreme temperature conditions.


- This position may require occasional travel.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV.

About Safety Assessment

Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market. Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in 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 qu

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Job Posting: JC236622407

Posted On: Mar 20, 2023

Updated On: Jun 30, 2023

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