Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, engineering, 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. In addition to the broad set of commercial projects that Ginkgo is developing, we’ve also rapidly adapted our platform to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, working to optimize nucleic acid vaccine manufacturing, helping develop antibody therapeutics, and launching a full-scale testing service, Concentric by Ginkgo.
To support these ambitious goals, Ginkgo is seeking a finance and operations leader to unlock untapped economic value of our synthetic biology foundries. The Sr./Director of Operations Finance is a newly-created role responsible for building the financial and operational 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 Sr./Director of Operations Finance will report to the VP of Strategic Finance. 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.
The Sr./Director of Operations Finance will be expected to tackle the most impactful operational and financial initiatives within Ginkgo’s Codebase and Foundry divisions. The right candidate will quickly identify and prioritize a set of short-, medium-, and long-term cross-functional projects that align operational results with Ginkgo’s mission, goals, and investor expectations. With this in mind, we see the Sr./Director of Operations Finance’s responsibilities falling into the following three categories.
Operational Planning and Execution: design the maturity roadmap for Ginkgo’s “operational/financial system.” For each stage of maturity, define frameworks, processes, systems, “what we measure,” KPIs, and targets that enable our system of Foundries to reach massive scale, productivity, and data transparency. As a first priority, the Sr./Director of Operational Finance will re-engineer our demand and capacity planning (S&OP) processes and integrate process outputs into our FP&A systems & processes (budgeting/forecasting). As a second priority, they will reimagine our capital investment decision-making, long-term capital planning, and large capital project tracking processes.
Financial Planning: build progressively sophisticated, insightful, and automated financial models of Ginkgo’s general-purpose synthetic biology platform. Specifically: 1) Long-term operational model that defines the current and future capacity, productivity, and investment required to achieve Ginkgo’s financial goals. 2) Top-down cost analysis & modeling using project or activity generalizations & archetypes. 3) Bottom-up cost analysis & modeling using traditional/standard or ABC methodologies.
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.
Desired Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering, science, or finance discipline
MBA, master’s degree, or PhD is a plus
10-20 years of experience in the fields of industrial process improvement and/or FP&A in a capital intensive setting
5 years of management experience building, leading, and developing operationally-oriented teams
Experience in one or more of the following: 1) Member of the operations practice at a top 10 management consulting firm, 2) Responsible for long-term planning, process improvement, and/or operations FP&A at a firm known for high-mix, low-volume operational excellence. 3) Responsible for long-term planning, process improvement, and/or operations FP&A at an industrial biotechnology firm with significant operational complexity
Desired Capabilities and Mindset
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
Ability to conceptualize, prototype, integrate, and mature operational & financial processes (e.g., S&OP, capital planning, cost analysis, process analysis) in partnership with a cross-divisional team
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 datasets, 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 resultsEnthusiasm 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, equality, 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.