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Director of Corporate Development

Emeryville, CA, USA | Zymergen Inc

  • Industry:
    Chemicals
  • Position Type:
    Full-Time
  • Functions:
    Business Development
    General Management
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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Zymergen is looking for a distinctive individual to become our Director of Corporate Strategy. This individual will guide Zymergens’ annual strategy process, play an integral role in shaping a cohesive overall corporate strategy and be responsible for developing evidence-based perspectives on key strategic questions as they emerge. The individual will work with partners across Zymergen including senior decision-makers and will be expected to engage creatively across business, finance and technical topics. The individual will report to the Head of Strategy and Corporate Development and will play a major role in growing and shaping a transformational company.


Zymergen is in a phase of significant growth and expansion and this role will position the successful candidate well for further career growth and advancement.


Qualifications/Experience


Advanced degree (MS, PhD, or MBA) or significant relevant work experience in life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, or other areas of interest

Four or more years of experience, showing increasing responsibility, at a top-tier investment bank or life sciences company, including at least two years as a program manager or project lead

Required skills:

Crystal clear written and oral communication

Very strong analytical problem-solving

Extensive relevant deal exposure

Relationship building

Financial modelling and analysis

Project management


Innovation landscape and pipeline. Engage internal stakeholders to understand Zymergen needs and strategic priorities. Develop a corresponding view of the external innovation landscape and build and manage a pipeline of corporate development opportunities. Develop processes and tools to monitor the external landscape and respond quickly to changes in the external environment.


Transaction execution. Lead deal team for corporate transactions. Ensure integrity of deal process and ensure coordination among all relevant internal stakeholders. 

Lead diligence, drive asset valuation and propose creative deal structuring and financing solutions. Support auctions or other processes for outbound deals.  

Post transaction support. Contribute to integration planning and implementation for completed transactions. Provide alliance management capabilities and long-term follow through to maximize impact of major partnerships.

Other corporate finance activities. Potential to play a roles in fundraising and other financial activities of the company for appropriately qualified individuals.

People development. The Director will have an opportunity to lead and develop a team of business analysts as well as interact with many colleagues from across the business.  


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