OVERVIEW: Reporting to the VP & General Counsel, the Legal Director will have a broad scope of responsibilities tied to structuring Zymergen’s arrangements with external parties and developing its legal operations internally to support a growing, diverse employee base. The Legal Director will counsel internal clients across science, technology, operations and administrative groups on contract negotiations, business planning and legal risk mitigation. The Legal Director will understand the business needs and perspectives of various project teams and translate that understanding into pragmatic legal advice and solutions. Primary duties will involve supporting company financings, advising on investor relations matters, managing compliance programs, and negotiating agreements with external parties, including NDAs, customer agreements, vendor agreements and commercial real estate arrangements. There will also be substantial responsibility for corporate development matters.
COMPANY: Founded in 2013 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zymergen is a technology company unlocking the power of biology. Zymergen delivers better economics for products made from biology that are used across industries to bring new products to market faster, and develop novel products. Zymergen’s proprietary platform uses robots and machine learning to engineer microbes faster, more predictably, and to a level of performance previously unattainable. These microbes, and the products they produce, have broad applications across industries such as chemicals and materials, agriculture, and healthcare. Zymergen has raised over $174 million in funding from prominent investors and has grown to approximately 400 employees. For more information visit www.zymergen.com.
LOCATION: Emeryville, CA
EXPERIENCE: Minimum 7 years legal practice experience in general corporate transactional matters, of which minimum 3 years’ experience at a top national law firm required.
Exciting time to join a rapidly-growing, cutting-edge technology company that has raised $174 million in funding from prominent investors
This role will be the right hand to the VP & General Counsel, Duane Valz, who has an excellent reputation as a leader who empowers and supports his team
Zymergen appreciates diversity & inclusion in all levels within their organization
Very strong benefits—comparable to those provided by much larger technology companies and superior relative to companies of similar size, e.g. fully-stocked kitchen and catered lunch twice per week
Convenient Emeryville location, easily commutable from surrounding areas
The Legal Director enjoys a mission-critical role with growth trajectory and steep upside potential
Opportunity to interact and advise top executives of the company, and collaborate across business units to make a significant impact on the Company’s continued success
Internal Number: 0-0779530
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