Ginkgo Bioworks

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer.

Manager, Accounting

Remote/Boston, MA / Remote
Job Type
6+ years
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About the role

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.


As Ginkgo’s Accounting Manager, you will oversee the accounting of all assets and liabilities associated with Ginkgo’s employee base, including payroll and related benefits accounting (via coordination with the Payroll team), calculating and reporting stock-based compensation accounting (via coordination with the Stock Plan team), and managing the accounting and reconciliation of all applicable tax balances. You will also maintain oversight of other liabilities - both short and long term in nature - through collaboration with various partners across the business including legal, business development, procurement and other corporate functions.



  • Plan and execute your analyses and journalization of Ginkgo’s transactions with employees (e.g., payroll, other benefits, and related taxes) as per documented policies and procedures. Identify all other liabilities to be reported as of a monthly cutoff through analyses of cash flows and procurement/ purchasing activities.
  • Prepare all account reconciliations and journal entries inclusive of underlying calculation documentation; for this, discrete General Ledger accounts and reports (via NetSuite) will sit within your purview, for which you are responsible.
  • Act as the quality-confirmed data-provider for all financial statement disclosures including footnote and press release materials associated from revenue with customers or related balance sheet amounts.
  • Ensure that internal control evidence is produced accurately, timely, and is audit-ready when and as needed. To the extent any internal controls or processes require change or improvement, it is expected that you will be included in both the identification and remediation activities.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in accounting or finance with active Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license 
  • 6+ years of technical accounting 
  • Familiarity with accounting and reporting requirements of ASC 606 with respect to revenue from contracts with customers. Relevant activities include documenting accounting conclusions on new or modified customer contracts (i.e. via accounting position papers), completion of revenue trending/ fluctuation analysis,  and/or financial statement disclosure preparation and reviews
  • Detailed operational knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and/or Google’s suite of offerings including Google Docs, Google Sheets) 
  • A demonstrated attention to detail accompanied by a curious and “trust-but-verify” nature to ensure unrelenting accuracy with all amounts recorded to Ginkgo’s financial statements.

Preferred Capabilities

  • MSA or MBA degree
  • Experienced in public company accounting and reporting, i.e. through an audit/ assurance role within a global public accounting firm
  • Working knowledge of Oracle NetSuite; Workday; Coupa; Blackline; and Adaptive tools
  • Prior experience working amongst 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 $90,000+, 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, employment applicants, and EOE disability/vet.  

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About Ginkgo Bioworks

Ginkgo Bioworks is the organism company. We design custom organisms for customers across multiple markets. We build our foundries to scale the process of organism engineering using software and hardware automation. Organism engineers at Ginkgo learn from nature to develop new organisms that replace technology with biology.

Engineering biology isn't easy. It is frustratingly, painfully difficult. It's programming without a debugger, manufacturing without CAD, and construction without cranes. At Ginkgo we are building a team that can build debuggers, write CAD, and operate cranes. We are looking for the best engineers, scientists, and hackers.

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