Ginkgo Bioworks

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer.

Senior Stock Plan Administrator

Remote/Boston, MA
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. We’re also building increased Foundry capacity to support our COVID-19 response efforts, which include the scale up of diagnostic testing services and engineering of organisms to aid in vaccine development.

On the People Team, we propel this mission by helping to create the most effective team of GMO engineers the world has ever seen. Ginkgoneans are free to unleash their creative energies on engineering biology because we create a vibrant, supportive, and flexible environment where they can thrive. We are looking for a Senior Stock Plan Administrator to continue to advance our mission and support the growth of Ginkgo. 

We are honored to be a trusted partner and resource for all of Ginkgo, and are working to build a strong, nimble and effective People Team. As Senior Stock Plan Administrator, you are exceptionally analytical, possess great follow up and time management skills, and you love utilizing tools like Excel. You thrive when working independently in a fast-paced, rapidly evolving environment. Ginkgo Bioworks has recently gone public (NYSE:DNA), and we are seeking a Senior Stock Plan Administrator to join our growing team and manage our equity programs.


  • Administer the company’s equity programs for all employees in the U.S. and globally in accordance with plan requirements
  • Process employee stock transactions and ensure timeliness and accuracy of all transactions
  • Prepare and distribute new hire and ongoing equity awards
  • Administer the global Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”), the semi-annual enrollment and purchases as well as contribution changes, ESPP limits and refunds
  • Support and develop employee communications and educational programs including presentations, webinars, responding to employee inquiries, and creating training/educational materials
  • Assist with the monthly/quarterly reconciliation and perform auditing procedures
  • Partner closely with Legal, Accounting, Tax and Payroll teams, and fellow People Team Total Rewards members
  • Maintain and update stock databases, conduct analysis, and prepare regular and on-demand reports
  • Ensure data integrity, SOX compliance, and meet internal/external auditing requirements
  • Provide excellent customer service to employees, management, and all key stakeholders
  • Answer employee questions related to stock transactions including vesting schedules, eligibility, trading windows, etc.
  • Manage custom reports within equity tools and Excel, and perform reconciliations to review accuracy of equity and transaction data
  • Handle U.S. and foreign tax issues relating to equity compensation
  • Perform other duties and ad hoc projects and reporting as requested

Minimum Capabilities and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or related concentration
  • 7+ years of senior-level experience in administration of global equity programs
  • Expertise with multiple equity award types, and high transaction volume
  • Experience working directly with major third-party equity software systems and brokerage firms, previous working experience with Fidelity is a plus
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees and internal/external partners
  • Strong analytical abilities and advanced Excel skills
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to prioritize work
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and follow-up skills necessary to drive results
  • Compliance and process-oriented capabilities, with flexibility and the ability to excel in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment
  • Familiar with SEC filings, trading windows, 10b5-1 Plans, and stock ownership guidelines for Section 16 officers and directors
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented team player with a strong work ethic and an ability to meet deadlines

Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • CEP designation
  • Previous working experience with Fidelity
  • Experience with payroll processing in Workday

To learn more about Ginkgo, check out some recent press:

What is it really like to take your company public via a SPAC? One Boston biotech shares its journey (Fortune)

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, 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.

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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