Ginkgo Bioworks is hiring a

Program Management Lead

Boston, United States
Motif makes ingredients for the next generation of plant-based and healthy foods.  Launched in February 2019 from Ginkgo Bioworks’ breakthrough platform for biological engineering, we use fermentation to brew vital proteins and nutrients that power your body and please your palate.  We collaborate with chefs, health experts, and food visionaries to create new building blocks for tomorrow’s food revolution. Motif combines tradition, innovation, and biotechnology to help build a more sustainable future, for everyone.

The Program Management Lead will ensure that all projects and programs are managed with detailed timelines and KPIs.  As a result of developing and implementing the appropriate tools, this individual will enable the tracking, visualization, and progress of Motif’s portfolio of projects (including forecasted spending) to be available and reviewable by management.  Reporting directly to the CEO, he/she will also be responsible for planning leadership team meetings and tracking corporate objectives across all company initiatives. This individual will also be responsible for creating materials for board, investor, and partner meetings.


  • Manage all projects and programs throughout the company
  • Manage portfolios and track pipelines
  • Plan and record team meetings and distribute action items
  • Track corporate objectives and report on results
  • Plan board meetings and prepare necessary materials
  • Coordinate across all internal Motif functions

Pivotal Experience & Expertise

  • MBA or equivalent work experience
  • High-level expertise in project and program management
  • Broad set of business experience in different roles across the commercial operations spectrum, including supply chain, project management, R&D, and operations
  • Experience in science, technology, or food and nutrition industries
  • Capacity for high-volume work and ability to prioritize against multiple objectives and tasks
  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Positive attitude and ability to get groups aligned and motivated against goals
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage high volume of documents and materials
  • In-depth knowledge of food and food ingredient industries
  • Ability to network internally and externally with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Understanding of business models and ability to build complex ROI and/or NPV models for assessing portfolio worth
  • Ability to travel, as necessary

Leadership Capabilities

  • Is a self-starter
  • Can work effectively in a team setting
  • Is biased to action
  • Is data-driven and grounded in analytical thinking
  • Is culturally sensitive and promotes diversity of all kinds
  • Is able to derive value in promoting others
  • Is team over self-motivated
  • Can communicate at multiple levels

Culture Fit & Impact

  • Understands how to work in a rapidly growing start-up
  • Able to deal effectively with ambiguity and changing priorities
  • Thrives under pressure and desires to learn and grow
  • Mission-driven and interested in transforming the food industry 

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