Senior Recruiter

Remote/Boston, MA

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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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 bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms. Today, our foundry is developing over 40 different organisms to make different products across multiple industries. To propel this mission, our Talent Acquisition (TA) Team aims to bring the best possible talent to Ginkgo.  We’re honored to be a trusted partner and resource for all of Ginkgo, and help to ensure that our recruiting pipelines are infused with the same level of passion, innovation, and drive that has enabled Ginkgo’s continuous progress and achievements to date. Therefore, we’re looking for Senior Recruiters to join our growing team.  With your significant networking experience and ability to cultivate strong relationships, you’ll help to develop and implement talent acquisition strategies for multiple teams across Ginkgo.  Plus, you’ll utilize your in-depth knowledge of recruiting tools and systems to make more data-driven decisions around attracting and retaining talent.


  • Develop and implement recruiting and sourcing strategies to identify the best talent.
  • Enhance our recruiting processes to ensure a great experience for both candidates and hiring managers, improved data collection, and increased pipeline efficiency.
  • Manage all stages of the candidate pipeline through our Applicant Tracking System, CRM, and external sourcing tools such as LinkedIN Recruiter and Talent Insights.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong candidate pipelines to support teams’ short- and long-term hiring goals through a wide range of networking, social media outreach, referrals, and more.
  • Coach hiring managers and interviewers on executing cohesive interviews and providing effective candidate feedback.
  • Collaborate with Ginkgo’s Diversity, Talent Management, Compensation, and Human Resource Business Partner team members to ensure recruiting strategies are both comprehensive and competitive.
  • Analyze recruiting data and form key insights to help drive Ginkgo’s recruiting strategy and influence the hiring team.
  • Present regular recruiting reports and metrics to hiring managers, Ginkgo leadership, and other stakeholders.

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Bachelor's degree and 7+ years of recruiting, sourcing, and/or HR-related experience
  • Extensive experience as a life sciences recruiter, with a proven track record of hiring engineers, scientists, and other multidisciplinary team members
  • In-depth understanding of sourcing techniques and tools, as well as hands-on experience with Applicant Tracking Systems
  • Ability to swiftly adapt to changing priorities and pivot to meet emerging business needs in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong aptitude for diagnosing complex problems and driving innovative solutions 
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to convey a wide range of information to a diverse audience in a simple, clear, and effective manner 
  • Solid commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Passion and drive for Ginkgo’s mission, and enthusiasm for being a Ginkgo ambassador 
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 CEO on scaling up Covid-19 testing: ‘If we try, we can win’ (CNBC)Ginkgo raises $70 million to ramp up COVID-19 testing for employers, universities (Boston Globe)Ginkgo Bioworks Redirects Its Biotech Platform to Coronavirus (Wall Street Journal)Ginkgo Bioworks Provides Support on Process Optimization to Moderna for COVID-19 Response (PRNewswire)The Life Factory: Synthetic Organisms From This $1.4 Billion Startup Will Revolutionize Manufacturing (Forbes)Synthetic Bio Pioneer Ginkgo Raises $290 Million in New Funding (Bloomberg)Ginkgo Bioworks raises $350 million fund for biotech spinouts (Reuters)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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