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DevOps Manager 34 views

Boston, MA

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. 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 bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.
You will be leading a DevOps team, supporting a large array of people across the business, focusing on key internal initiatives to enable the secure operation and scaling of Ginkgo Bioworks, with a focus on designing and implementing automated systems. DevOps customers include a mix of scientific, internal software, and adjacent IT organizations. In supporting the company goals, we strive to provide all of our users with scalable and easy-to-use systems, designed to be as “hands-off” and as automated as possible. Utilizing Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) practices and quickly pivoting on technologies as they become available, we continually ask the question of “Can we do this more consistently, more efficiently, and more securely?”. Our partnership with AWS (we’re not just any customer) is very strong, which will give you opportunities to dig deep into AWS technology. You will learn the Ginkgo Way of DevOps (aka Extreme Automation), which combines industry best practices with cutting-edge technology (e.g., we quite often get access to new vendor technologies prior to their product launch!). You will also interact with members of teams focusing on networking.
As a DevOps manager, you will work with Product Management to determine the vision and roadmap for these initiatives and then drive delivery of products and services in that roadmap. You must have strong stakeholder management skills and approach problems from a data and systems-design perspective. You will be working closely with a variety of stakeholders across departments to understand their goals, current workflows, the information they manage, current security practices, identify gaps, develop requirements, and create a roadmap/portfolio of solutions that solve these needs. We are looking for an exceptional person with hands-on experience in infrastructure as code/DevOps work/related practices and experience/interest in managing a DevOps team. It is desirable to have a background in working with Information Security, e.g., on incident response, vulnerability, and risk management. Candidates should know industry best practices and have a strong desire to expand those best practices for the specific needs of Ginkgo Bioworks and synthetic biology as a whole.
As a Devops Manager, you will help to scale the productivity of the team. We are building a new layer of management in our DevOps organization to focus our work at a more granular level for the many teams, technologies, and business drivers across all of Ginkgo.
So, come join the DevOps team dedicated to finding solutions to support our development teams and also to contribute to the foundry scale using the AWS platform and the most appealing CI/CD tools available in the market. There is a lot more to be done and the company growth demands more resources to reach our targets.
Please note: This position is based in Boston, MA with remote flexibility.


  • Oversee day-to-day operations and prioritize tasks assigned to the engineers on your team, ensuring architecture and development of apps is up to Ginkgo’s high standards
  • Establish relationships with other Digital Tech teams and scientific teams to prioritize projects and deliverables
  • Work with Information Security, quality, and other groups to drive compliance requirements and initiatives 
  • Enable the team member’s professional growth using performance reviews, regular career planning, and coaching
  • Manage cross-team relationships with internal teams and vendors to successfully identify, prioritize, and resolve issues
  • Plan work strategically alongside OKR targets initiated at the top of the company
  • Continuous implementation of quality control and review systems throughout deployment process
  • Technical leadership and oversight of deployment planning, implementation, system integration, compliance, quality assurance, and sustainability of technical solutions 
  • Responsible for the development of standards and processes for operations that proactively prevent problems from occurring 
  • Evaluates technological choices (network/hardware related and technology/code related) by querying providers and providing detailed evaluations of each solution
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group of developers, product owners, and subject matter experts
  • Provide reporting that ensures proper tracking and visibility of issues and projects  
  • Identify technical and process improvement opportunities and socialize/advocate to get them implemented
  • Minimum Requirements

  • BA/BS or higher degree, with a degree in computer science, computer information systems, or a related field a plus
  • 5+ years of managing a team of a minimum of 4 people 
  • Experience with both principles and tools for technologies that enable Continuous Deployment/Continuous Integration (CI/CD) (e.g., GitLab, GitHub), containerization (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes), cloud technologies (especially AWS), configuration management/automation tools (e.g., Ansible, Jenkins, Terraform, CloudFormation, Chef, Puppet) required
  • Experience working in environments under regulations such as FedRAMP, FISMA, CLIA, SOX, or GXP 
  • Willing and able to stay current on DevOps best practices
  • Excited to work with the best scientists and engineers
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure, ever-changing environment
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical people in an easily understandable way
  • A proven track record of working with developers, operations, and users to troubleshoot and resolve challenging problems in a timely manner
  • Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • Python and Bash scripting experience is a plus
  • Familiarity with Agile goals, principles, and practices strongly desired
  • Experience working in Life Sciences a plus
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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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