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Director of Corporate Strategy

Emeryville, CA, USA | Zymergen Inc

  • Industry:
    Chemicals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Strategy
  • 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 consulting firm or life sciences company, including at least two years managing projects

Required skills:

Crystal clear written and oral communication

Very strong analytical problem-solving

Relationship building with diverse business and technical stakeholders

Financial modelling and analysis

Project management


Annual strategy process. The Director of Corporate Strategy will lead the annual strategy process to update our multi-year path forward, enable Zymergen to make rigorous and integrated tradeoffs across departments and allocate resources accordingly. This role will require close coordination with colleagues in Finance and with Departments across Zymergen.


Ongoing strategic analysis and guidance. Execute projects on an ongoing basis to develop strong recommendations to business critical questions. The Director will be expected to use rigorous, quantitative and data driven methods to conduct decisive analyses of strategic questions. The Director will also be responsible for developing compelling synthesized documents that influence the organization to act in a coordinated and committed manner.

Follow through on strategic decision making. Work with departments and other stakeholders to ensure operational follow through as strategic decisions are made. Develop and monitor appropriate milestones, processes and dashboards to ensure impact. Work with Departments to ensure KPIs are aligned across the organization.

Instrumenting the business. Work with partners across Zymergen to identify and build out financial and operational data streams needed to enable rapid incisive decision making(e.g., Financial Controller, Head of IT, Head of Operations). Build and manage financial models and other critical infrastructure to enable nimble decision making.

People development. The Director will have an opportunity to lead and develop a team 


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