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Director of Transformations

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2023
Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA) is a high-growth, well-capitalized public biotech company in Boston that is redesigning the living world to solve some of 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 innovative data, automation, and scale in biological engineering.
As Ginkgo enters a phase where demand for our services has never been higher, we are building a Transformation function with the mandate to identify and execute on the critical initiatives across the company that will enable us to scale and meet our Mission of Making Biology Easier to Engineer.
Reporting to the VP of Transformations, the Director of Transformations will address some of Ginkgo’s most important scaling challenges. Drawing upon their intuition, creativity, analytical skills, first principles thinking, storytelling, and experience growing operationally-complex businesses, the Director of Transformations will structure, prioritize and execute on the most critical Business Transformation initiatives for the company. The Transformation Office will consist of dedicated Transformation Office (TO) team members and leaders from across the company who are seconded to the TO for specific initiatives.


  • Build the operating plan: partnering with Ginkgo’s strategic finance team, and senior leaders build the strategic plan that will set the priorities for the next 3-4 years which will be the foundation for how the company executes. Work with functions to translate those into a set of Operating Plans which consists of a set of initiatives that are required and provide governance on those initiatives.
  • Deliver on Transformation Office Initiatives: The Transformation Office will own the delivery of Transformation Office owned initiatives which are large and cross-functional. The ownership will plan problem definition, structuring, analysis, implementation and change management.
  • Partner with the business: Develop a world-class transformation office team and lead cross-functional team members to deliver on large-scale transformation initiatives.
  • Drive change, own the results: act as a financial, operational, and “change” visionary while also diving into the tactical details required to deliver on our goals.

Desired Experience and Capabilities:

  • 8+ years of leading change in operationally and technically-complex organizations as a business operations, strategy, or financial professional
  • Undergraduate degree in science, engineering, business, or related field
  • 5+ years of experience leading teams through periods of rapid scaling in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Enthusiasm about being a part of Ginkgo’s mission
  • Ability to define and build new operating models from the ground up
  • Comfort with leading large-scale transformations; recognizes the importance of proactive change management with a sensitivity to company culture
  • Strong project management capability, including the ability to build detailed timelines and hold external teams accountable for hard deadlines
  • Consistent record of successfully executing complex business and technical projects with both third parties and cross-functionally within a rapidly evolving business structure
  • Ability to map team targets & execution to company strategy & vision
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with a history of strong business judgment; reflexively reverts to first principles instead of dogma; clear thinking around which “business orthodoxy” or “best practices” should be deployed in which contexts
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills and attention to detail, with the ability to efficiently organize information, analyze large datasets, and present recommendations in a clear, impactful manner
  • Exceptional relationship-building and interpersonal skills; ability to develop strong working partnerships inside and outside of Ginkgo
  • Comfort working at the intersection of technical and non-technical teams

Preferred Requirements (desired, but not essential):

  • Hard tech and/or life sciences experience is a plus, but not required
  • MS, MBA and/or PhD is a plus, but not required
  • Management consulting, investment banking, and/or investing experience is a plus, but not required
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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.