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Commercial MBA Intern, Growth Strategy

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.  

Where Ginkgo’s mission is to make biology easier to engineer, our Growth team “makes biology easier to sell”! The Growth team is responsible for top-of-funnel market opportunity development, incubation of new service offerings, and pipeline management. We partner with technical and commercial teams to help drive commercialization of the Ginkgo platform. 

As a Commercial MBA Intern for Growth Strategy, you will work to develop robust market and competitive intelligence, identify and size new markets, develop and iterate new service offerings, and evolve pricing structures and business cases to support our commercial goals. You will play a critical role in identifying trends and areas of commercial opportunity for Ginkgo. 

Examples of summer projects for a Growth Strategy MBA Intern include:
  • Designing and testing new product offerings that leverage Ginkgo’s capabilities to scale the sales pipeline
  • Identifying the needs of and developing value propositions for new customer segments that are critical for the growth of the business
  • Setting the foundations to launch strategic ventures into new markets

The Ginkgo Bioworks Early Talent program is open to students who will return to their degree programs upon completion of their employment at Ginkgo. Candidates must be enrolled in a United States based institution and/or have work authorization in the United States to be eligible to participate.

  • Research and develop the business case for new service offerings, including pricing strategy and sensitivity analysis to support go-to-market strategy
  • Contribute to new pitch creation and partner outreach for novel service offerings
  • Translate competitive intelligence, market landscape assessments, and business cases into value propositions for new market applications and service offerings
  • Develop detailed competitive intelligence for Ginkgo as a whole and by industry vertical, including commercial and scientific benchmarking for key indicators
  • Collaborate with technical and commercial teams to develop and pitch business cases for research & development
  • Synthesize complex information from disparate sources into concise and clear narratives
  • Support business development teams across industry verticals (i.e., food, agriculture, energy, pharma) through the full pipeline process from opportunity identification through deal execution
  • Guide strategic direction and focus of business development efforts within specific industry verticals (i.e., food, agriculture, energy, pharma)

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree completed in a business, science, or other relevant field, with MBA or similar master’s degree in progress (i.e. MPP, MPA, MPH)
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience, with a preference for experience in biotechnology, food, agriculture, energy, pharma, strategy consulting, or a related field
  • Strong analytical skills, with an ability to develop fact-based and informed opinions
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work across organizational boundaries
  • Effective narrative development skills
  • Proven track record of project ownership and results orientation

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.