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Chief Financial Officer

Boston, MA, USA | Ginkgo Bioworks

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Accounting / Control
    Finance (Internal)
    General Management
  • Experience:
    15-20 years
Job Description:
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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.

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