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Senior Manager, Internal Audit & Compliance

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks

Boston, MA, USA · Remote
Posted on Saturday, May 6, 2023
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.
Ginkgo is a large multinational public company with operations in the US and Europe. As such Ginkgo Finance is entering its next phase as a public company on this very exciting journey of rapid growth and industry-disrupting technologies. Having gone public in Q4’21, Ginkgo has completed its first full year as a large accelerated public company and completed its first year under the Sarbanes Oxley Act provisions. Ginkgo’s Internal Audit and Compliance Department was formally established in Q4’22. We are looking for talented, dynamic, multi-faceted and dedicated individuals to help build a best-in-class Internal Audit and Compliance Department that is both a trusted advisor to the business but also an objective and independent source of truth for leadership.
The Senior Manager, Internal Audit & Compliance is a highly visible individual contributor role, reporting directly to the Head of Internal Audit & Compliance. The Internal Audit and Compliance team is responsible for: executing Ginkgo’s internal audit process associated with internal controls over financial reporting (aka SOX 404),developing and executing a risk-based audit plan, ownership of the Company’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance program and design, advising business leaders on internal control considerations with respect to new initiatives, supporting Ginkgo’s integrated audit as conducted by its external auditors (EY), and design and execution of various internal audit projects for Ginkgo’s cross-functional operations.
In this role, you will have frequent audience with the Chief Accounting Officer, Legal, the Chief Information Security Officer and other business leaders. While you will also maintain oversight of external subject matter experts in the areas of controls and compliance, this may change as Ginkgo increasingly insources expertise, reducing external reliance for best-in-class activities. You’ll enjoy a high-performing team who’s compliance-first culture has proven exciting and rewarding with Ginkgo’s continued growth.


  • Assist in the development of the Company’s compliance program
  • Assist in the design and implementation of efficient and effective FCPA controls across the organization Implement documentation including process flowcharts, process narratives, risk and controls matrix and evaluate controls
  • Assist in identifying and evaluating business and technology risks, internal controls which mitigate risks, and related opportunities for internal control improvement and implementation
  • Use problem solving and critical thinking skills to quickly identify internal control deficiencies, evaluate their risk implications, and draw the appropriate conclusions
  • Lead the effort of testing the effectiveness of controls, including planning, execution of the plan and documentation while adhering to overall project timelines
  • Collaborate with process and control owners for remediation of identified deficiencies, advising them on internal control enhancements or process changes, as appropriate
  • Supporting process owners through training, reviewing, and providing guidance for their processes Staying current to changes in regulatory guidance, industry best practices, and areas of focus/hot topics for external audits
  • Coordinate with process and control owners and external auditors for the audit of the Company's internal controls
  • Proactively identify and monitor process and system changes that result from our growth, international expansion, software application changes, accounting integration in connection with acquisitions and other areas of change that have a direct impact the Company's financial statements and related disclosures Develop internal audit function and internal audit plans and timelines
  • Support ad-hoc projects as they arise

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance
  • Active Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license
  • 5+ years of professional experience with 3+ years of direct SOX 404 compliance, internal controls, internal auditing, accounting and/or testing experience. Experience of the ideal candidate includes visibility to public company accounting and reporting such as through an audit/ assurance role within a large public accounting firm such as the Big 4.
  • For avoidance of doubt, you must be able to demonstrate strong knowledge of COSO, PCAOB auditing standards, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 requirements as well as business process best practices
  • Progressive experience with deep understanding of SOX 404 requirements including defining and designing internal controls over financial reporting
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • Ability to be self motivated and independent

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • MSA or MBA degree
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) licensure
  • Working knowledge with Oracle NetSuite; Blackline; Workiva; and Celigo. Workday and Coupa expertise
  • Prior experience supervising and collaborating with global teams; demonstrated adaptability with verbal and written communication across business cultures and and time zones
  • Strong attention to detail, meticulous organizational skills and strong desire for continuous improvement
  • Self-motivated and strong ability to work independently in a dynamic environment, driven towards superior effort and performance
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, specifically in developing positions and presenting to management, auditors, and non-accounting stakeholders
  • An innate curiosity with a default “trust but verify” mindset
Total compensation for this role is market driven, with a starting salary of $125k +, as well as company stock awards. Base pay is ultimately determined based on a candidate's skills, expertise, and experience. We also offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental & vision coverage, health spending accounts, voluntary benefits, leave of absence policies, Employee Assistance Program, 401(k) program with employer contribution, 8 paid holidays in addition to a full-week winter shutdown and unlimited Paid Time Off policy.
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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.