European Revenue Accountant

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories

Location: Edinburgh, GB - EH14 4AP

Job Duration: 2021-05-04 to 2021-06-03


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.


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

We are seeking a European Revenue Accountant to join our Revenue Center of Excellence team located in Wilmington, USA. This position will be based at our offices in Riccarton, Edinburgh.

The European Revenue Accountant is responsible for providing revenue recognition consulting to business regarding new business models, M&A due diligence and integration, strategic partnerships as well as reviewing and analysing contracts, documenting findings, and ensuring proper revenue accounting treatments.  They will also be responsible for performing revenue recognition processes for the Revenue Center of Excellence and help drive continuous improvement.

Main responsibilities will include:

  • Analyse and conclude upon complex financial contracts, arrangements and models and extract relevant information through research and consultation; design and/or interpret data needed to support revenue accounting conclusions in compliance with ASC 606
  • Document technical revenue accounting conclusions
  • Draft Revenue Policy to support growing business and changes due to digitization
  • Assist with providing guidance and contract interpretation for sales, legal, business units and pricing teams with contract negotiations by participating in discussions, reviewing draft contracts, and providing revenue recognition recommendations
  • Perform SOX revenue control testing processes and certifications for specified control areas of the Revenue Center of Excellence and drive improvement
  • Aid in preparation of revenue disclosures in the Company’s SEC filings, including MD&A and the revenue related disclosures
  • Participate in revenue-related mergers and acquisition activities and integration tasks on behalf of the Revenue Center of Excellence
  • Liaise with internal and external auditors on requested documentation and questions for areas of ownership
  • Assist in the effort to provide guidance/training with groups outside of corporate accounting, including legal, sales and finance to ensure all sources of revenue are properly reviewed for accounting purposes and processed on a timely basis.

The following are minimum requirements for the European Revenue Accountant position. 

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Accounting (preferred) or related discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Significant experience in an accounting role with experience in revenue accounting preferred.  Public Accounting and experience with multinational operations strongly preferred. 
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Occasional travel to be expected (COVID restrictions permitting)

The salary for this position will be dependent on skills and experience.

The closing date is Monday 17 May 2021.



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 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 17,000 employees within 90 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

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