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Mission statement

Ginkgo Bioworks was founded in 2008 with the mission to make biology easier to engineer.


Engineering biology isn’t easy. It is frustratingly, painfully difficult. It’s programming without a debugger, manufacturing without CAD, and construction without cranes. At Ginkgo we are building a team that can build debuggers, write CAD, and operate cranes. We are looking for the best engineers, scientists, and hackers. 

What if you could

grow anything?

Casual culture, serious work Brilliant, passionate people Cutting-edge technology Collaborative, energetic environment Creative approaches Growth and development

Our Culture at Ginkgo Bioworks

Fostering a diverse & inclusive environment

Fostering a diverse & inclusive environment

The Ginkgo platform has great potential to have an outsized impact on the world, and we need the people building the technology to be representative of the diverse people our technology will impact.

Encouraging creativity & innovation

Encouraging creativity & innovation

Biology is hard to engineer. Guided by the example of our founders, Ginkgo team members are encouraged to be lifelong learners, continuing to take risks and propose ambitious solutions to the world’s problems. What if we could grow everything?

Keeping Ginkgo weird

Keeping Ginkgo weird

Biology is weird and whimsical, and we celebrate that. We encourage a company culture infused with the wonder that science inspires.

Promoting individual growth & career development

Promoting individual growth & career development

At Ginkgo, we strategically hire people with high ceilings. We believe you can grow as fast as the company grows. There are many ways team members learn and develop at Ginkgo, including through cross-functional team initiatives and by engaging with the suite of training sessions we offer.

Celebrating passion & drive

Celebrating passion & drive

We want to enable the world to build things with biology. We’re on a mission to create a platform for genetic engineering to be utilized by our customers.

Caring how our platform is used

Caring how our platform is used

Our culture is built on care, transparency, diversity, and a deep, humble respect for biology. We care how our platform is used, strategically considering which programs we pursue and which we do not, and exploring the implications of biotechnologies through many forums. 

We also know that designing nature and technology requires us to ask complex questions, and investigate how these tools could impact people, places, and systems. We care how we are growing the collective future of biology.

Life at Ginkgo

Benefits

Unlimited paid time off

Comprehensive health and parental leave benefits

Flexible work options

Commuter benefits

State-of-the-art labs, work spaces, and conference rooms

Competitive 401K contribution

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Accountant

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Boston, MA

General, Finance & Administration

Accountant

Boston, MAGeneral, Finance & AdministrationContractor
Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. We design custom microbes for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

As we continue to grow, we are seeking a Senior Accountant to join our Finance and Accounting team. Under the direction of an Accounting Manager, the Senior Accountant will be responsible for customer billing and overseeing the monthly revenue recognition process for several customer projects at Ginkgo. You will work closely with program managers to maintain all required information and data in the billing system, to ensure timely communication with customers. In addition, you will develop the proper accounting documentation workflow for new contracts, providing a foundational financial structure for new partnerships.

Responsibilities

  • Assume ownership of the monthly revenue recognition process for several Ginkgo projects by working closely with Program Managers, confirming monthly project spending under the transfer pricing and government billing programs before invoicing customers
  • Work with the Accounting Manager to determine the monthly revenue recognized under ASC 606 for commercial and products sales revenue contracts 
  • Manage the revenue and transfer pricing workbooks to ensure billing is accurate and completed in a timely manner
  • Maintain and review customer balance and accounts receivable aging reports to ensure that payments are applied properly, with thorough understanding of the Debit/Credit concept
  • Prepare customer account adjustments as required (i.e. credit memos) when billing issues cannot be resolved
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting in the billing system and G/L
  • Track and report bookings of new contracts, and develop and maintain accounting process documentation
  • Provide external audit support on revenue recognition such as responding to auditor inquiries and/or assisting with audit work papers  
  • Provide support in the completion of any internal revenue reporting effort
  • Provide backup and assist the Accounting Manager as needed, managing special projects as required

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • 4-6 years of billing, customer service and/or credit and collections experience 
  • Strong understanding of revenue recognition accounting 
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field
  • Experience with NetSuite and proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to establish multiple priorities and accomplish objectives independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills, and ability to resolve both new and old issues as they arise
  • Ability to interface daily with customers, internal departments, and vendors while researching and resolving billing issues and ensuring best practices are in place
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Alliance Manager-Non Pharma (Manager, Associate Director or Director level)

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Boston, MA

Commercial Business Operations

Alliance Manager-Non Pharma (Manager, Associate Director or Director level)

Boston, MACommercial Business OperationsFull-time
Ginkgo is a publicly-held, well-funded, high-growth biotech company that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. As Ginkgo continues to grow, we are building out our Alliance Management team and seek a dynamic, passionate and collaborative individual who is excited to work with our partners.

As an Alliance Manager, you will be the primary contact and overall relationship holder for Ginkgo’s customers, with responsibility for the success of at least one (and often multiple) major Ginkgo partnerships. Your role sits at the nexus of Ginkgo’s mission and strategy, and as the team member enabling our partners’ success on Ginkgo’s platform, you will be uniquely positioned to create impact both for our partners and for Ginkgo at large.

Alliance Management at Ginkgo is part of the Commercial Operations team, and we are looking to hire motivated candidates across multiple levels: Manager, Associate Director, and Director. Senior Alliance Manager candidates will report directly to the Head of Commercial Operations at Ginkgo, and own the success of Alliance Management across an industry vertical.

As an Alliance Manager, you will have a high impact and varied role, acting as both the account “portfolio manager” who understands the overall customer strategy and advocates for the partner’s needs, and also as the “product manager” who ensures that the scientific direction being driven by the Ginkgo technical team is building towards a commercially successful product for our partner. Since you are the primary interface with our external partners at various levels (from executive leadership to technical teams), you will be in charge of driving the strategy, tactical execution, account growth, and coordination of our diverse partnerships. Success in this role comes with the ability to effectively leverage the full breadth of the Ginkgo platform by coordinating with all of our constituent teams, including finance, creative, legal, commercial, technical, and corporate development. 

Please note: This role requires the ability to be onsite at our Boston offices for 3+ days per week, in addition to travelling as necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Act as the “CEO” of at least one Ginkgo partnership alliance, ensuring its overall success
  • Maintain a strong relationship/partnership, through regular discussions and collaborations across all levels of the partner’s organization (from technical to executive)
  • Work jointly with partners to identify and scope out new project opportunities where Ginkgo is uniquely positioned to act as a valuable partner
  • Collaborate with partners to understand their commercial goals and overall product roadmaps, and ensure that this context is incorporated into Ginkgo’s project scoping and delivery
  • Work with Ginkgo technical teams to oversee and track the progress of projects and their execution to ensure high quality and timely deliverables
  • Be an excellent communicator, synthesizing complex information from disparate sources into concise and clear narratives, both internally to Ginkgo and externally with other partners
  • Track project costs and forecast project revenue, owning the overall P&L of the account
  • Work with our internal Commercial Operations development team to build and improve systems for enabling customer success
  • Manage other members of the Commercial Operations team (level-dependent)
  • Travel as necessary

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-10+ years (level dependent) of relevant work experience in partner-facing roles (e.g. business development, management consulting, strategic account management) Level will depend on education and years of experience.
  • 2-3 years of biotechnology or other technical experience strongly preferred (in business or technical role)
  • MBA and/or PhD is a plus
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and mobilize people across the organization, and to learn quickly and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience managing and coordinating small teams (3 to 7 people) for project execution is a plus
  • Strong aptitude for cultivating working relationships at all levels of management, both internally and externally
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Alliance Manager, Pharma (Manager, Associate Director or Director level)

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Boston, MA

Commercial Business Operations

Alliance Manager, Pharma (Manager, Associate Director or Director level)

Boston, MACommercial Business OperationsFull-time
Ginkgo is a publicly-held, well-funded, high-growth biotech company that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. As Ginkgo continues to grow, we are building out our Alliance Management team and seek a dynamic, passionate and collaborative individual who is excited to work with our partners.

As an Alliance Manager, you will be the primary contact and overall relationship holder for Ginkgo’s customers, with responsibility for the success of at least one (and often multiple) major Ginkgo partnerships. Your role sits at the nexus of Ginkgo’s mission and strategy, and as the team member enabling our partners’ success on Ginkgo’s platform, you will be uniquely positioned to create impact both for our partners and for Ginkgo at large.

Alliance Management at Ginkgo is part of the Commercial Operations team, and we are looking to hire motivated candidates across multiple levels: Manager, Associate Director, and Director. Senior Alliance Manager candidates will report directly to the Head of Commercial Operations at Ginkgo, and own the success of Alliance Management across an industry vertical.

As an Alliance Manager you will have a high impact and varied role, acting as both the account “portfolio manager” who understands the overall customer strategy and advocates for the partner’s needs, and also as the “product manager” who ensures that the scientific direction being driven by the Ginkgo technical team is building towards a commercially successful product for our partner. Since you are the primary interface with our external partners at various levels (from executive leadership to technical teams), you will be in charge of driving the strategy, tactical execution, account growth, and coordination of our diverse partnership. Success in this role comes with the ability to effectively leverage the full breadth of the Ginkgo platform by coordinating with all of our constituent teams, including finance, creative, legal, commercial, technical, and corporate development.

Please note: This role requires the ability to be onsite at our Boston offices for 3+ days per week, in addition to traveling as necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Act as the “CEO” of at least one Ginkgo partnership alliance, ensuring its overall success
  • Maintain a strong relationship/partnership, through regular discussions and collaborations across all levels of the partner’s organization (from technical to executive)
  • Work jointly with partners to identify and scope out new project opportunities where Ginkgo is uniquely positioned to act as a valuable partner
  • Collaborate with partners to understand their commercial goals and overall product roadmaps, and ensure that this context is incorporated into Ginkgo’s project scoping and delivery
  • Work with Ginkgo technical teams to oversee and track the progress of projects and their execution to ensure high quality and timely deliverables
  • Be an excellent communicator, synthesizing complex information from disparate sources into concise and clear narratives, both internally to Ginkgo and externally with other partners
  • Track project costs and forecast project revenue, owning the overall P&L of the account
  • Work with our internal Commercial Operations development team to build and improve systems for enabling customer success
  • Travel as necessary

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3-6 years of relevant work experience in partner-facing roles (e.g. business development, management consulting, strategic account management, alliance management)
  • 2-3 years of biotechnology/pharma experience strongly preferred (in business or technical role)
  • MBA and/or PhD is a plus
  • Exceptional communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and mobilize people across the organization, and to learn quickly and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience managing or coordinating small teams (3 to 7 people) for project execution is a plus
  • Strong aptitude for cultivating working relationships at all levels of management, both internally and externally
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development (metabolic or protein engineer)

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Remote/Boston, MA

Industrial Biotech

Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development (metabolic or protein engineer)

Remote/Boston, MAIndustrial BiotechFull-time
Ginkgo is a publicly-held, well-funded, high-growth biotech company in Boston that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. We are seeking a Director of Technical Business Development to join our dynamic, passionate, and collaborative team dedicated to cultivating and executing new business partnerships within Ginkgo’s space. 

As an Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development for our Commercial Cell Engineering team, you will be a core part of the Business Development team at Ginkgo that is pursuing opportunities in a variety of market sectors (e.g. Nutrition & Wellness, Materials, Energy, and more). You will be scouting and conducting diligence in new areas where Ginkgo’s platform can effectively serve as a disruptive technology. Given your industry experience, you know the key players, understand the biotechnology field and keep up with emerging trends. You also enjoy understanding the technical capabilities of the platform, building relationships, and taking a proactive approach to maximizing new and existing business opportunities. 

In this role, you will work cross-functionally with team members from deal transaction, IP, legal, and technical program teams throughout all aspects of the technical pitch, scoping, proposal, negotiations and contract execution. You will play a key role as the technical lead for the Business Development team in partnering discussions. Working closely with the Ginkgo scientific teams and potential partner scientific teams, you will understand the problems that Ginkgo can help a partner address, answer technical questions, and build a scope of work during the business development partnering process. And most importantly, you see the bigger picture:  you’re excited about Ginkgo and eager to help us achieve our mission of making biology easier to engineer. 

To be successful in this role, you would largely replace the program leads on technical elements of BD planning until smooth signoff on and handoff of agreed to technical development plans.
This role is at least two parts science and one part business.

Note on additional materials to include: As noted, we are seeking candidates for Associate Director / Director of Technical Business Development who are enthusiastic about supporting the Business Development process from the technical side to help pitch, scope, negotiate, and close new deals and business opportunities. Please include a deal sheet with your application if available/applicable.

Note on position location: This position has the flexibility to be full-time onsite in Boston or part-time residence based, with requirements to be onsite at Ginkgo to remain current on technical understanding and for other team needs.

Responsibilities

  • Actively seek new opportunities in several market areas in coordination with Ginkgo’s Business Development team
  • Identify new markets that Ginkgo should enter and scope out the key applications and differentiating capabilities of the Ginkgo platform in such markets
  • Identify new capabilities Ginkgo should build to address emerging platform needs
  • Lead the technical aspects of partnering discussions with customers in identified markets
  • Serve as an internal liaison between the Business Development team and the Foundry and Program Teams during the partnering process  
  • Speak and meet with potential partners at industry conferences 
  • Travel as necessary

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Metabolic engineer or protein engineers with a desire to get into the commercial side
  • Master’s degree or PhD in a scientific field
  • Deep understanding of the synthetic biology and biotechnology industry and its applications
  • Track record of helping to translate scientific value and applications of scientific platforms in partnering discussions
  • Ability to understand different parts of the Ginkgo platform and find new applications that could benefit partners
  • Ability to thoughtfully expand existing partnerships
  • Passion for collaboration and significant experience in relationship-building, and  leveraging and converting market knowledge and relationships into business opportunities 
  • Motivation and ability to innovate while working towards Ginkgo’s goals
  • Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence and an ability to work across organizational boundaries
  • Eagerness to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment and enthusiasm to be a part of Ginkgo’s mission
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.

Associate Director, Business Development (Proposal Manager) – Government

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Remote

Government

Associate Director, Business Development (Proposal Manager) – Government

RemoteGovernmentFull-time
Ginkgo Bioworks is a well-funded, high-growth biotech company that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering. 
 
We’re seeking an experienced, passionate, and collaborative Proposal Manager – Government to join our team. As Ginkgo continues to grow, we are building out our team to work collaboratively with the U.S. Government to support the development of materials, biosecurity, energy and sustainability, and pharma solutions in support of national security, the bio-economy, and supply chains. As Proposal Manager – Government, you will lead the proposal development process for a portion of Ginkgo’s U.S. Government bids. 
 
Your role sits at the nexus of Ginkgo’s mission and strategy, and you will be uniquely positioned to create impact both for our U.S. Government partners and for Ginkgo at large. Success in this role comes with the ability to effectively leverage the full breadth of the Ginkgo platform by coordinating with all of our constituent teams, including business development, government affairs, alliance management, finance, creative, legal, and technical.
 
Ginkgo recognizes that creativity and innovation are critical elements to all aspects of our operations. We’re seeking a creative strategic thinker who leverages their vast knowledge of the U.S. Government acquisition process to help us achieve our mission of making biology easier to engineer.

Responsibilities

  • Lead solicitation response development efforts
  • Manage the design, build, and enhance proposal process
  • Produce schedules, outlines, templates, compliance matrices, agendas, proposal kickoffs and reviews, and other proposal-related tasks and meetings
  • Guide subject matter experts and other team members to create technical content
  • Write/edit response documents to incorporate win strategy and themes, differentiators, and technical solutions into proposal documents in a clearly articulated, consistent manner, reflecting a clear understanding of the requirements
  • Support other Proposal Operations activities, including boilerplate material library development/maintenance and process improvement initiatives
  • Run color proposal reviews
  • Build proposal budget and cost proposal 
  • Ensure proposal submissions are compliant with solicitation requirements 

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of related experience in business development, capture, management, proposal management, and program management or a combination of education and work experience.
  • Knowledge of acquisition-relevant sections of the following: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense FAR Supplement (DFARS), 10 U.S.C § 2358, Department of Defense (DoD) Grants and Agreements Regulations (DoDGARs), 10 U.S.C. § 2371, and other federal acquisition policies, processes, procedures, and contracting laws
  • Understanding of the full proposal life-cycle is required (i.e., procurement, solicitation processes, and compliant proposal production). Experience in the federal scientific government or related field is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, organizational skills and ability to manage multiple simultaneous proposal efforts
  • Demonstrated experience managing and coordinating proposals responses by planning resource assignments, performing quality assurance, and installing processes, tools, and templates for team use
  • Proficiency and comfort working with G-Suite products
  • Passion about biotechnology

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) certification and/or Shipley certification 
  • 3+ years of experience leading competitive captures, and ability to obtain a security clearance (U.S. Citizenship is a prerequisite)
  • Experience leading and managing geographically dispersed teams
  • Experience in program planning, budget development, and execution
  • Current relationships in the science and technology (S&T) and research and development (R&D) communities
  • Research and development (specifically with biotechnology) experience
  • Strong technical writing skills
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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