Ginkgo is a high-growth, well-capitalized public 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. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer 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 in biological engineering.
To support these ambitious goals, Ginkgo is seeking a finance leader to unlock untapped economic value of our synthetic biology foundries. The Associate Director of FP&A is responsible for building the financial systems to accelerate Ginkgo’s execution of “Knight’s Law” (similar to Moore’s Law), which targets exponential improvements in both productivity and unit cost. This role offers an opportunity to influence one of the most ambitious biomanufacturing moonshots in existence.
The Associate Director will be a member of Ginkgo’s Strategic Finance team. The Strategic Finance team has a broad mandate to build Ginkgo’s financial planning infrastructure, drive revenue, improve operational performance, allocate resources, and build governance and decision-making practices.
As the Associate Director of Strategic Finance, you will be expected to tackle the most impactful financial initiatives within Ginkgo’s Codebase and Foundry divisions. You will quickly identify and prioritize a set of short-, medium-, and long-term cross-functional projects that align financial results with Ginkgo’s mission, goals, and investor expectations.
Please note: This is a hybrid position with 60% of time in office (Boston or Cambridge) and 40% remote.
FP&A Business Partnership: Own Foundry & Codebase divisional resource allocation, financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, variance, and reporting processes. Continuously drive improvements in clarity, accuracy, and efficiency
Cost Analysis & Improvement: Expand current cost framework and drive improvements into overhead allocations, internal cost tracking, and margin reporting. Drive visibility into how costs flow throughout the company and identify areas of opportunity for non-people expense reduction
Bioworks Operations Analysis: Build the financial model of Ginkgo’s general-purpose synthetic biology platform. Develop scorecards, targets, and reporting that communicate financial performance and identify areas of further improvement
Special Projects: Lead or assist ad hoc initiatives as new risks and opportunities are presented to the business. As Ginkgo Bioworks is in growth mode, we work cross-functionally to support all areas of the business – even when projects fall outside of our direct expertise or functional boundary
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant finance, engineering, or related discipline
MBA, master’s degree, or PhD is a plus
6-12 years of FP&A experience in a capital intensive setting
Experience at a firm known for high-mix, low-volume operational excellence or a industrial biotechnology firm with significant operational complexity
Preferred Capabilities and Experience
Motivated by the confluence of deep tech (synthetic biology), operational excellence, and applying Industry 4.0 principles. They will have a clear intuition around driving scale without hindering Ginkgo’s culture of experimentation, innovation, and basic research
Experience evaluating, tracking, and reporting on large capital projects and facility build-outs
Strong proficiency with large enterprise and small company financial planning, systems, budgeting, forecasting, and modeling techniques
Excellent project management and change management skills with demonstrated ability to drive complex projects to completion with and without the support of outside consultants
Comfortable in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with a history of strong business judgment
Excellent verbal/written communication skills and attention to detail, with the ability to efficiently organize information, analyze large data sets, and present data in a clear and impactful manner
Ability to build strong relationships and influence technical, business, and operational decisions
Motivation for promoting Ginkgo’s culture of inclusion and collaboration to drive results
Enthusiasm about being a part of Ginkgo’s mission
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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.