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We are passionate about engineering organisms at Ginkgo Bioworks to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. We are looking for a like-minded individual to manage our contracts. As the Contract Manager, you will have prior experience working with life sciences companies where you have exuded a sense of urgency and passion for your work while contributing to the company’s goals.  You will be part of a small team that is responsible for drafting and negotiating a wide range of contracts including confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, consulting agreements and vendor agreements. This position requires strong communication and project management skills and a great deal of resourcefulness and autonomy in accomplishing a wide variety of tasks. In the role of Contract Manager, you will collaborate across the organization and will have the opportunity to help us make biology easier to engineer!
Please note:  This role requires the ability to be onsite at our Boston location 25% of the time.


  • Complete special projects such as collaborating on department-wide or company-wide initiatives, as requested
  • Organize and develop contract templates, training materials, and relevant portions of the Legal Department’s intranet site
  • Meet with internal management and contact external parties to gather specifications and terms necessary for contract drafting and negotiations
  • Be the main Point of Contact in managing contract management tools and other technology adopted by the Legal Department.  Help ensure the contract repository is accurate and up to date
  • Ability to conduct research, as needed, while prioritizing urgent contract requests from internal departments
  • Train internal clients on policies, procedures and systems as requested
  • Serve as a liaison with outside counsel, as requested
  • Experience with intellectual property (patents, trademarks & copyrights) management and patent docketing a plus
  • Activate and implement new policies and procedures
  • Team up with members of Finance, Procurement, and other departments to help ensure compliance with cross-functional policies and procedures
  • Minimum Requirements

  • Fast worker with ability to multi-task, problem-solve and operate in a fast-paced environment
  • Organizational skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure
  • Required: Bachelor’s degree. Juris doctor a plus but not needed
  • Preferred Experience and Capabilities

  • Fun team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with other members of the department, clients and cross-functional teams
  • Real-world experience: three or more years of drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts relevant to the life sciences industry
  • Other prior in-house experience as a member of a legal/patent department in a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company strongly preferred. 
  • Great Interpersonal skills and Professionalism
  • Great verbal and written communication skills
  • In-depth knowledge of contract management systems or platforms
  • Experience in re-organization of legacy documents/contracts is a plus
  • Solution-oriented with a positive, “can do” approach
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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.

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