IT Specialist 2

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories

Location: Harlow, GB - CM19 5TR

Job Duration: 2021-06-11 to 2021-07-11


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’re looking to recruit for a IT Specialist 2 on a permanent basis for our Harlow site to support all IT based activities. In this role you must be able to work as part of a team and/or individually, you should be highly analytical and able to understand business needs. Excellent communication skills and problem-solving abilities are essential. If you also have hands-on experience with technical projects that would be a plus. The role would need someone to be present onsite to provide a full range of support to the teams in Harlow. 

Main responsibilities include prioritizing user requirements, break/fix analysis, root cause analysis, overseeing system upgrades and researching new tools, queue monitoring, documentation/training material creation.


Further Responsibilities:  
•    Gather and document functional and technical requirements and consult with the user community to turn those requirements into an appropriate funded project.
•    Perform break/fix analysis for individual and recurring support issues.  Document findings and work with appropriate resources to find and deliver cost effective and timely solutions when needed.
•    Monitor queue in the Service Desk software tool and follow appropriate guidelines for ensuring that the ITIL processes are followed within approved SLAs.  Monitor queue KPIs and provide solutions to improve results.
•    Perform root cause analysis of complex incidents or recurring problems affecting multiple sites.  Develop solutions to those problems.  Document in the problem resolution knowledge database and develop training materials to resolve ongoing issues or improve knowledge.
•    Develop new processes and procedures to improve existing services, or to assist in deploying new support services.
•    Create the training and communications materials for new and enhanced services.  Implement training for medium to large scale service rollouts.
•    Participate in and document status of change management for site services.
•    Ensure work is compliant with applicable guidelines and regulations (e.g. SOP, GxP)
•    Coordinate with approved vendors for orders and requirements for supported sites, and projects.
•    Setting and amending permissions on folders/shares on a windows file server and Sharepoint environment.
•    Building laptops and desktops  using SCCM and installing software using SCCM/Landsweeper
•    Working directly with Microsoft Windows Servers, able to troubleshoot and install with minimal guidance/supervision
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.


•     Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in computer science or related discipline.
•     Minimum of 4-6 years related industry experience in IT, further experience within life sciences/biotech organisations are highly desirable 
•    Proven track record of using and troubleshooting various applications and systems such as: MS Windows Operating Systems (7/10), Office365, Office Suite, Active Directory, SCCM, Bomgar, Remote Desktop, General Desktop User Applications.
•    1 year+ of direct, hands on experience with Microsoft Windows Server (2012/2016) is essential
•    Further knowledge and experience of installing and troubleshooting various Lab Applications (Chemdraw/Masslynx/Analyst/WinnonLin) is highly desirable 
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Requires good organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and must be fully competent in IT functional area. 


All applicants must have the existing Right to Work in the UK to be considered. 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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.