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Senior Manager / Associate Director of Technical Accounting

Company: Ginkgo Bioworks
Location: Boston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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.

As a Senior Manager or Associate Director of Technical Accounting, you will be an integral part of our Finance team. You'll provide guidance around accounting policies and implementation of new U.S. GAAP pronouncements. In addition, you will review new and significant contracts, and provide assistance to the yearly audit and other internal financial reporting requests.


  • Collaborate with Finance team members in providing accounting guidance on complex transactions, including but not limited to: revenue recognition, business combination, collaborations, fixed assets, impairment, debt and equity financing, stock compensation, and leases
  • Lead the technical accounting research and prepare appropriate white papers to document (including analysis, relevant literature, and conclusions) the proper accounting treatment for significant new contracts
  • Stay abreast of existing and emerging financial accounting and reporting principles, assessing their applicability to Ginkgo and developing action plans for adoption when needed
  • Establish and manage the continuous review and update of Ginkgo's financial models and accounting policies
  • Assist in the review of journal entries and ASC 606 workbooks during the monthly and annual closings
  • Provide significant support of the annual financial statement audit, including oversight of third-party subject matter experts and work with external Big 4 audit firm
  • Provide assistance in establishing effective financial controls over the evaluation and application of accounting literature to complex transactions
  • Contribute to the development of discipline and enterprise policies that facilitate a strong internal control environment
  • Develop cross-functional processes that improve the efficiency and timeliness of financial reporting and support Ginkgo's continued growth
  • Execute on special projects, as needed

Desired Experience and Capabilities

  • Bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, or related field, with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) strongly preferred
  • 7+ years of technical accounting experience, with at least 2 years in a manager role
  • 3+ years of public accounting experience, preferably with a Big 4 firm
  • 2+ years of experience in the life sciences or biotech industries, and prior experience within a startup environment strongly preferred
  • In-depth knowledge of technical accounting (U.S. GAAP), SEC reporting, technical accounting memo writing, and internal controls
  • Superb analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills, with impeccable attention to detail, and strong prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively work with executive leadership and cross-functional teams throughout the company
  • Ability to remain flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth environment
  • Team-oriented, cooperative and collaborative
  • Enthusiasm about being a part of Ginkgo's mission, and demonstrated commitment, self-motivation, and drive

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, equality, 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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