Lab Consumables, Equipment, and Services Category Lead


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.  In addition to the broad set of commercial projects that Ginkgo is developing, Ginkgo also rapidly adapted its platform to respond to COVID-19, working to optimize nucleic acid vaccine manufacturing, helping develop antibody therapeutics, and launching a testing business.


To support this rapid growth, Ginkgo is seeking a highly motivated Category Lead to design and build Ginkgo’s Lab Consumables, Equipment, and Services Team from the ground up.  Collaborating closely with cross-functional teams across Ginkgo, you’ll work to develop an in-depth understanding of Ginkgo’s business needs to effectively execute sourcing strategies and deliver significant financial and operational results.


As a senior member of Ginkgo’s Procurement and Supply Chain Team, you’ll leverage your strategic thinking and analytical skills with your financial expertise to help drive key decision-making and ensure that the team’s short, medium, and long-term goals are achieved.  With your passion for Ginkgo’s mission and building something that matters, along with your ability to adapt and thrive in fast-paced environments, you’ll be a critical contributor to the success of Ginkgo as a whole.



*Build Ginkgo’s Lab Consumables, Equipment, and Services category/team from the ground up, ensuring that key products and services are available at the highest level of quality, efficiency, and cost.

*Develop overall category vision, strategy, priorities, and portfolio of projects, collaborating with relevant business stakeholders to ensure effective alignment.

*Design and implement an effective strategy for lab consumables, equipment, and service-related spend areas, collaborating with cross-functional teams to gather business requirements and market insights that support key decisions.

*Assess options and strategies for supply chain and sourcing, and oversee plans for implementation and operationalization.

*Support Make versus Buy decisions.

*Build effective spend management tools to drive the total cost of ownership and asset utilization decisions.

*Develop a robust portfolio of sourcing projects to achieve year-over-year productivity and deliver cost savings targets.

*Ensure relevant customer-centric procurement KPIs are created, implemented, and tracked.

*Initiate, negotiate, and execute contracts and agreements for commercial terms, intellectual property, and confidentiality, working with our Legal Team to ensure compliance with all legal, ethical, and procurement standards.

*Develop and manage key supplier relationships through appropriate programs (e.g. alliance/supplier relationship management) to enable innovation and cost reduction through mutual accountability and trust.

*Establish category and supplier management processes, driving the value messaging of and compliance with these processes across Ginkgo. 

*Collaborate with our Finance Team to streamline and lead the team’s budget/forecasting process as it relates to third-party spend, working to improve the efficiency and timeliness of our overall budget cycle.

*Support the Lab Consumables, Equipment, and Services Team by securing the appropriate sponsorship, resources, and implementation support, and providing strategic insight and access to all relevant resources and data.

*Collaborate with fellow team members to deliver the benefits of value enhancement projects through business engagement and resources (where appropriate)

*Ensure that the team engages with and fully supports Ginkgo’s supply base and supplier management strategies, helping to identify and resolve compliance issues with respect to the usage of preferred suppliers.

*Help to meet deliverables, as agreed upon during Category Plan development


Desired Experience and Capabilities

*Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in supply chain management, procurement operations, or related field

*10+ years of experience with sourcing laboratory equipment; prior experience with biotech startups and/or pharmaceutical companies strongly preferred

*Prior management experience with lab consumables, equipment, and service category/spend - as well as direct management of team members - preferably within a laboratory and/or scientific environment

*Strong leadership skills, with the ability to establish and execute new strategies and processes

*Proven ability to manage negotiations, suppliers, and contracts

*High-level problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to identify, maintain, and utilize key metrics to make data-driven decisions and make continuous improvements

*Exceptional ability to build strong relationships, develop negotiation strategies, and influence technical, business, and operational decisions

*Strong multitasking skills, with the ability to work on multiple, concurrent projects and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced, high-growth environment

*Excellent verbal/written communication skills and attention to detail, with the ability to efficiently organize information, analyze large datasets, and present data in a clear and impactful manner

*Enthusiasm about being a part of Ginkgo’s mission


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 was founded in 2008 with the mission to make biology easier to engineer. 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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