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Senior Manager, Accounting & Administration

Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks

Accounting & Finance
Boston, MA, USA · Remote
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 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 Finance is entering its next phase as a public company on this very exciting journey of rapid growth and industry-disrupting technologies. Now that Ginkgo has completed its public offering (Q4 2021), adopted two impactful accounting standards (CECL and Leasing, 2022) and finished its first year as a large-accelerated filer subject to reporting of our internal controls over financial reporting (2022), the Accounting, Reporting & Controllership (ARC) organization is campaigning to in-source senior level expertise across various disciplines which had been previously outsourced.
If you have demonstrated strength in the world of technical accounting and controllership, we would love to connect with you. Our current team includes the best of the best - starting with strong seniors and analysts led by the most innovative of executive-level directors and vice presidents. Collectively we’ve designed our various individual accounting organizations (revenue, fixed asset & lease, employee compensation and benefits, etc.) and related policies, procedures and objectives. Now is the time to build out our new layer of talented senior-level leadership to put their fingerprint on these organizations and make them their own.
We are a very inclusive team, passionate about our careers and dedicated to being part of something significant. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply! Curious? Let’s have a conversation.
This is the ideal role for an accountant with exceptional strength in knowledge of US GAAP, IFRS, AICPA and/or SEC guidelines, who is eager to apply some of the more challenging concepts to Ginkgo’s business transactions as part of its quarterly closing and reporting cycle. A key element of the position is aligning with senior business leaders who manage the areas of tax, investments, business combinations, intangible assets and professional services and translating the period activities into accounting journals for financial closing and reporting purposes.


  • Maintain consistent alignment with corporate function leaders such as the Vice President of Tax, General Counsel, CFO and Treasury team, and the heads of Fair Value Accounting and Reporting as and Technical Accounting.
  • Execute monthly financial closing processes to journalize key complex accruals and other general accounting matters in Ginkgo’s general ledger, inclusive of all account reconciliations in Blackline; this includes analytically reviewing comparative balance sheet and income statement accounts, along with statement of cash flow activity by category.
  • Where applicable, support Ginkgo’s process of papering all technical accounting conclusions into audit packages.
  • Support an effective internal control environment through maintenance of documentation required for internal control over financial reporting (aka SOX 404) purposes and provide all evidence required for internal or external audit purposes.
  • Analyze, recommend, and implement best practices regarding accounting policies, processes, procedures, financial reporting, and other areas as needed.
  • Play a key role in upkeep and administration of accounting related systems such as our reconciliation system, Blackline, along with the automation of accounting processes.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance with an active Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license
  • 8 years of finance experience with at least 3 years in technical accounting and/or audit
  • Detailed operational knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and/or Google’s suite of offerings including Google Docs, Google Sheets)
  • Exceptional analytical, strategic, and critical thinking skills including impeccable attention to detail and strong prioritization/ problem solving capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to effectively work with senior leadership and cross-functional teams throughout the company
  • Ability to remain flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth, and time sensitive environment, with demonstrated commitment, self-motivation, and drive
  • Team-oriented, cooperative and collaborative, with enthusiasm towards playing a part in executing on Ginkgo’s mission

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • MSA or MBA degree
  • Working knowledge of Oracle NetSuite; Workday; Coupa; Blackline; and Adaptive tools
  • Ability to be an active cross-functional stakeholder in new system or application implementations, communicating downstream requirements and anticipating and preventing potential challenges
  • Prior experience reviewing and/or supervising a global team which operates differently for US GAAP vs. local statutory purposes
Total compensation for this role is market driven, with a starting salary of $125,000 +, 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.