Associate Director, Corporate Development

Remote/Boston, MA

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Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, 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. 
Ginkgo is also going public via a SPAC deal right now and a major use of proceeds is a much more aggressive merger and acquisition (M&A) strategy. To support this strategic initiative, we’re looking for a collaborative and resourceful Director of Corporate Development to join our team and help drive our M&A efforts. Ginkgo is building the industry-standard platform for synthetic biology across all end markets, and this role will be focused on helping to accelerate our initiatives in certain of those markets, strengthen our technology portfolio, and continue to build a world-class team. Specifically, you’ll help oversee deals from start to finish, and support thorough diligence and robust integration planning to help ensure these deals drive lasting value at Ginkgo.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as internal quarterback for deal process execution, including overseeing deals from start to finish and driving thorough due diligence process (including financial, technical, commercial, legal and IP due diligence)
  • Lead robust integration planning to help ensure these deals drive lasting value at Ginkgo, and support a diverse set of teams in preparing to onboard new teams and technologies
  • Prepare internal deal memos and diligence packs, building conviction around recommendations
  • Serve as a strategic partner across our organization, building great internal relationships and helping to establish appropriate cross-functional staffing/engagement on opportunities
  • Help develop proactive M&A theses and build and manage deal pipeline (for context, some deals we’ve executed include Dutch DNA, Novogy, Warp Drive Bio, Gen9, and we’re thinking even bigger now!)

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in investing, operations, consulting, and/or banking, ideally with some past exposure to the life sciences (even if it was in college!) and/or pharma
  • Strong project management experience, juggling multiple balls and managing people with diverse areas of expertise who are often more senior than you 
  • Prior experience within a startup or entrepreneurial environment (not required but strongly preferred).

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • You’re able to see the big picture, but also aren’t afraid to dig in and get your hands a little -- or sometimes very -- dirty!   
  • You’re organized, accountable, and resourceful, and you are excellent at seeing what needs to get done, and getting it done efficiently
  • You have impeccable analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills, with an acute attention to detail
  • You’re self-motivated and highly driven, with a strong commitment to the work that you do
  • You’re a collaborative, supportive team player, and are able to partner effectively with executive team members and cross-functional leaders throughout the company
  • You have a passion for learning about new industries, companies, and people, and can get up to speed on new areas extremely quickly
  • You’re able to successfully design processes to drive efficiency, and help cross-functional teams adopt those processes
  • You have strong communication and presentation skills, and are adept at speaking your mind, asking questions, and pushing back when needed
  • Finally, you’re excited about Ginkgo and eager to help us achieve our mission,  and you think biology is, well, pretty freaking cool
To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press: Ginkgo Bioworks resizes the definition of going big in biotech, raising $2.5B in a record SPAC deal that weighs in with a whopping $15B-plus valuation (Endpoints News)Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)Ginkgo Raises $70 Million to Tackle Covid-19 Testing (Bloomberg)Ginkgo Bioworks to Build Infrastructure for Rapid Epidemic Response (PR Newswire)How to Test Every American for COVID-19, Every Day (The Atlantic)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)
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.
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