About Concentric by Ginkgo
Would you like to use your product expertise to have a direct and positive impact on COVID-19 response – and create biosecurity products of the future?
Ginkgo Bioworks is a publicly traded (NYSE: $DNA), high-growth biotechnology company based in Boston’s Seaport District, that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, material, 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.
Our biosecurity division, Concentric by Ginkgo, has been a national leader in providing broad access to, and innovation in, COVID-19 screening and surveillance solutions. We keep schools open, enable safe travel, and provide solutions and data to public health leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. We also recognize that biosecurity and public health are global problems. After the enormous impact Concentric has had – and continues to have – in the US, we are working to support COVID-19 response and make the world safe from future biosecurity and public health threats.
We have a talented and passionate team of engineers, designers, and product managers that you will work with to understand the frontier of problems in biosecurity and deliver solutions that better serve our clients and grow our business.
The Senior Product Manager Role
As a Senior Product Manager, you will be part of cross-functional teams with Product, Software, and Design and serve as the nexus for collaboration with stakeholders across all of Concentric.
Your responsibilities will span two major areas: product management and product ownership. As you grow in the role, you will be responsible for a larger and larger scope for each area and may serve in a hybrid role that encompasses both. The most successful senior product managers are able to operate effectively across both areas and shift comfortably between them.
For product management, you will have a portfolio of problem spaces, customer segments, or use cases for which you gain a deep understanding of the users, markets, and needs. You will synthesize and distill qualitative and quantitative information across the portfolio from internal stakeholders, external users, and public information. You will work with product designers and user research to identify the most impactful customer problems to solve and how this change will positively impact the business. You will work with the leadership team to prioritize the most impactful problems. You will also work with engineering leads, designers, and other stakeholders to generate product briefs that dive deeper into understanding the problem and crafting the right-sized solution.
For product ownership, you will work with a scrum team of engineers, designers, and QA responsible for building and maintaining one or more of our key software systems. You’ll ensure effective and proper scoping of the team’s work, working with internal and external stakeholders to identify and prioritize addressing any issues with the system’s proper functioning. You’ll coordinate the release of new features with stakeholders across the organization to roll them out effectively to internal and external users.
Please note: This role is primarily remote with expected travel of 3-6 times per year for on-site or off-site team sessions, with each instance being for 2-5 days. You may also travel to meet with or observe clients / users in-person, depending on your area of focus and whether you can do that activity locally or not. You will report to the Head of Product.
You have a passion for public health and a proven track record of identifying and understanding complex problems then turning them into delightfully simple and scalable products. As we scale our current products and identify new use cases and problems, your initiative, entrepreneurship, and teamwork will shine as you guide the team to better meet user needs.
You are an excellent communicator and are effective at building trusting relationships with stakeholders at all levels across the organization. You are equally comfortable working with users and engineers and have a high degree of empathy to understand and appreciate others’ perspectives.
You can choose whether to pursue people management as part of your role or to focus on your individual responsibilities. We support continued advancement in both cases. Your path will be based on your career development goals and assessing the maturity of your people management skills with your manager.
You may not have a background in biology, but you are passionate about biosecurity and public health.
Influence a team of world-class engineers and designers to build outstanding products
Integrate usability studies, research, and market analysis into identifying priority problems and effective solutions
Identify and analyze metrics that measure product performance and inform the identification of highly impactful problems to address
Understand our strategic and competitive position and deliver products that are recognized as best in industry
Maximize efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm
Recognize emergent opportunities and identify ways to rapidly de-risk decisions about whether to pursue them
Advocate in product steering committee meetings and lead product brief review sessions with leadership
6+ years of product management experience and a proven track record in product management
Demonstrated ability to break down complex problems into actionable steps
Experience in an a scrum-team development environment
Ability to understand quantitative data and metrics and recognize what conclusions can and cannot be deduced
Experience leading or supporting user research
Ability to recognize potential engineering tradeoffs and risks and ask the right questions to mitigate that risk
Ability to assess the tradeoffs between building solutions on top of our existing systems, creating new ones, or partnering with / buying from third parties to meet user needs
Eagerness to work with the best engineers to develop new software tools to address never-before-solved public health and biosecurity challenges
Preferred Capabilities and Experience
Experience taking a new product from problem-identification through scaled growth
Expertise working on products in a regulated sector (e.g. healthcare, fintech)
Experience working on products that serve a wide-range of international markets
Note on culture:
Concentric by Ginkgo is a high energy, positive and fast paced environment where new challenges and opportunities arise every day, so this opportunity is ideal for people who thrive in those kinds of environments, and for people who like lots of variety in their day. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The team is motivated by doing high impact work in service to society. To get a sense of the culture at Ginkgo, read some articles in Grow by Ginkgo
, the company magazine we produce, which tells the story of synthetic biology in a Ginkgo-authentic way.
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.