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Formulations Supervisor

Charles River Laboratories International Inc (CRL)

Stilwell, KS, US, 66085

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary

The Formulations Supervisor position is responsible for the management of assigned personnel and will oversee all activities in the Formulation laboratory, including but not limited to scheduling, training and development, study execution, ordering, material receipt, and development of new methods. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: ⦁    Develop procedures, including training and study workflows, to ensure work is performed efficiently and is of high quality  ⦁    Close interaction with In-Life staff to apply dynamic scientific solutions to assure formulations are applicable to meet study objectives  ⦁    Perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable laws to include interviewing, hiring, training, and developing employees ⦁    Develop organizational strength by hiring, identifying, and developing personnel who are scientifically and/or technically strong ⦁    Establish culture and atmosphere to maintain good retention and low turnover within staff ⦁    Provide short- and long-term solutions that support continuous improvement ⦁    Actively lead and participate in scientific discussions with internal and external customers  ⦁    Consult with Sponsor representatives and Principal Investigators/Study Directors on assigned compounds/projects Develop critical thinking, troubleshooting and time management skills aligned with needs of operational areas ⦁    Application of deep scientific knowledge in Discovery Formulations to advise and/or instruct staff in generating instructions/methods ⦁    Demonstrate effective communication skills through informal discussions with peers, supervisor, and interdisciplinary teams ⦁    Ensure laboratory tasks and operations are executed in compliance with BOPs/SOPs, protocols, other applicable requirements ⦁    Establish and review Business and Standard Operating Procedures (BOPs/SOPs), protocols, policies, best practices, and study procedures ⦁    Effectively plan, assign, and direct work within one operational area, including appropriate staffing on weekends and holidays, as needed ⦁    Ordering of reagents and supplies to meet study needs ⦁    Performs all other related duties as assigned, such as, but not limited to the following:

Job Qualifications


  • Education: High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.), BS/BA degree preferred. 
  • Experience: 5+ years of relevant experience with a BS/BA degree, 10+ years with a high school diploma or G.E.D. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Previous supervisory experience is preferred. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities to achieve goals.
  • Computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), commensurate with essential functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.
  • Ability to ensure that a safe working environment is maintained by observing all safety procedures and working methods by making proper use of protective clothing and equipment, and by reading, understanding, and following all safety documents issued or notified of.
  • Ability to ensure the integrity of the studies and fulfill the regulatory agencies requirements by performing the activities according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Business Operating Procedures (BOP) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) rules.
  • Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts, sometimes on short notice.
  • Ability to work under specific time constraints.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: ⦁    Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or animals.  ⦁    Must be able to perform laboratory procedures, which require, talking, hearing, standing, or sitting for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.  ⦁    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  WORK ENVIRONMENT:  ⦁    Work in a research environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from moderate to loud. ⦁    The employee regularly works with live animals with risk of exposure to allergens, zoonotic disease, and biohazards.   ⦁    The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high depending upon the species housed. 

COMMENTS:  ⦁    This position requires overtime, weekend, holiday, and/or after hours shift coverage, as needed.

The pay range for this position is $80,000/year.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

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 20,000 employees within 110 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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

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 This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Job posted: 2023-03-18