Chief Financial Officer

Boston, MA /
General, Finance & Administration /

The CFO will be a strategic financial leader and partner to the CEO, executive team and Board of Directors on all matters relating to the financial and accounting activities of the organization.  The CFO will play a critical role in driving the future of the company and will be a visible strategic leader, building a high-performance finance team that can execute the company’s vision for both organic and inorganic growth. They will also provide leadership beyond the boundaries of a traditional financial officer, influencing the business and operations, and balancing strategic initiatives with detail-oriented and efficient processes. The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Key responsibilities include

Support business strategy development and execution
      Strategically partner with the CEO, providing insight and counsel to drive corporate strategy, allocate resources effectively, and position the company for growth.  Possess experience and understanding of business models.
      Oversee finance and governance of joint ventures, operating companies and minority equity interests including Joyn Bio, Motif FoodWorks, Genomatica, and Synlogic
      Provide analytical and planning support to enable development and achievement of performance targets. Lead benchmarking and opportunity assessment.
      Provide FP&A support for alliance management with customers and partners.
      Support the CEO in fundraising by developing financial models, diligence materials and reports on key operating metrics.
      Ensure adequate funding to support business initiatives. Understand the sources and uses for cash. Effectively manage working capital and control the cash flow position.

Corporate development / M&A
● Possess the ability to lead and evaluate with a financial lens all joint venture and operating company prospects as well as structure all collaboration agreements and stock purchase agreements.
      Oversee investment activity including identification, due diligence, valuation, contract strategy and negotiations.
 Proactively lead performance management
      Effectively support a high growth business and drive increase in margins by identifying KPIs, establishing clear and credible reporting and forecasting metrics.
      Track performance against targets and variance analysis.
      Iterate on and improving pricing and contract strategies for partners, joint ventures and operating companies to maximize usage of the Ginkgo platform
      Clearly articulate operating performance in reporting, forecasting, and development of contingency plans.
      Develop and implement oversight and compensation incentive structures for joint ventures and operating companies’ executive leadership
Team leadership and capability development
      Possess a record of demonstrated success building and managing a high performance finance function, with proven experience attracting, developing and retaining ‘A+’ Players to meet the demands of a fast growing business.
Financial stewardship and reporting
      Ensure compliance with financial regulations and standards, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, the IRS Tax Code, and GAAP.
      Significant expertise in structuring internal controls, compliance with financial regulations & standards, upgrading systems, evaluating risk, and managing Canadian, US and international tax implications.
      Safeguard company assets with prudent balance sheet management. Understand and control the company’s liabilities – legal contracts, statutory & tax obligations, contingencies, leases, or insurance summaries, and expectations from loan covenants and/or the Board of Directors.
      Establish and execute programs for the provision of capital required by the company, including negotiating the procurement of debt and equity capital and maintaining the required financial arrangements. Coordinate the long-range plans of the company, assess the financial requirements and develop alternative ways in which financial requirements can be met.
      Analyze shareholder relations policies, procedures, and information programs, including the annual and interim reports to shareholders and the Board of Directors.
      Coordinate annual financial audits.


    • 15+ years of finance leadership experience, prior experience as a CFO or SVP Finance is preferable.
    • Experience in one or more of the following is required: (a) life sciences or biotech industries, (b) technology sector, and/or (c) manufacturing in a "deep tech" sector.
    • Prior experience within a startup, high growth environment is strongly preferred; public company CFO/SVP Finance and/or experience "taking a company public" is a plus.
    • Strong business and commercial acumen; can proactively and effectively guide company planning and resource allocation cross functionally to deliver double-digit top-line growth and continued margin expansion.
    • Proven track record in driving process improvements.
    • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or related field; Advanced qualification (CPA, MBA, or MA/MS) strongly preferred.

Desired competencies

    • Results Orientation – ability to prioritize, execute and drive results. Effectively drives a culture of excellence focused on accountability, metrics, and measurable performance. Provides data driven, fact based leadership and is analytically rigorous and detail oriented.
    • Strategic Orientation - Translates corporate goals into a clear strategy; able to focus on both short-term goals and broader business initiatives and identify and mitigate financial and risk issues in relation to both.
    • Support for fundraising – for Ginkgo, joint ventures and operating companies
    • Governance  & oversight for joint ventures and operating companies

Personal characteristics

    • Team & organization leadership - ability to build and lead a team, foster cross-functional collaboration and nurture and evolve the company culture.
    • Excellent communication skills - with the ability to effectively work with executive leadership and cross-functional teams throughout the company.
    • Cultural fit - Passion for Ginkgo’s mission to make biology easier to engineer; ability to remain flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth environment; demonstrated commitment, self-motivation, and drive; high degree of emotional and cognitive intelligence; willingness to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to achieve Ginkgo’s mission.
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:
Ginkgo, a Boston biotech venture, is a magnet for VC money (Boston Globe)
The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)
The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything (The Economist)
Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)
Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)
Ginkgo Bioworks Is Turning Human Cells into On-Demand Factories (WIRED)
Can This Company Convince You to Love GMOs? (The Atlantic)
This food tech startup just raised $90 million to make it easier to invent new plant-based meats (Fast Company)

We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it 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. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.