• Open
  • Closing date: 29 December 2020


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To achieve this goal, we are highly dependent on external stakeholders who support our continuously growing team. An important aspect of these relationships is the maintenance and continuity of our brand. As the Brand Activation Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing the brand touchpoints for our growing list of external representatives, while helping to facilitate symbiotic relationships between these internal and external parties. 

“Communications as a discipline has a unique and central role at The Ocean Cleanup. Our main task is to oversee the day-to-day management of one of our most important assets: our brand; an attractive promise that is driving funding and buy-in from stakeholders globally. We are looking for top talent to join us in this exciting work to continuously uphold and improve our image. Professional warning: some level of craziness may be required!”– Joost Dubois, Head of Communications


As part of the Communications team, you will be responsible for working alongside and supporting the teams with external stakeholders to understand, support, and define approaches and initiatives needed to best manage these relationships. You are also responsible for The Ocean Cleanup’s influencer strategy and execution. This role will report to the Head of Communications and will mainly manage internal relationships with teams that are external facing. 

 Your responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Alignment of brand identity across a growing number of external touchpoints (including personal interactions) for The Ocean Cleanup by fostering strong relationships with the teams that make up our crew
  • Developing and maintaining The Ocean Cleanup’s overall stakeholder mapping 
  • Identify what tools and processes are working and/or needed to better our external relationships 
  • Helping (in close cooperation with Creative Copy & PR) to maintain alignment on messaging on behalf of The Ocean Cleanup
  • Development and successful delivery of stakeholder engagement plans per workstream, creating processes and infrastructure to support them for long-term success; help The Ocean Cleanup to fulfill our promises and ‘sing from the same song sheet’ while keeping an eye on specific needs and requirements
  • Building and maintaining relationships with social media influencers 

Your day to day could look like: 

  • Participating in or sitting in on meetings with teams for internal and external alignment
  • Implementing processes organization-wide to facilitate the unity of the brand 
  • Calls with influencers / PR managers to create and foster our influencer network 
  • Briefing and working with our creative team and/or agencies to develop awesome tools for our externally facing crew
  • Understanding the development of best practices across different disciplines


  • A degree in a relevant field such as communications, media, or marketing
  • At least 4 years of work experience in managing brand touchpoints with a focus on the application of branding guidelines in a wide array of tools and behaviors, rather than on creative development
  • Previous experience in stakeholder management or a similar role 
  • A thorough understanding of the different kinds of external relationships and their needs
  • Knowledge of the relevance of brand and representation, and the need for its uniform expression by all representatives
  • (Near-) native English language skills (including written). Other language skills are a plus
  • Previous experience in partnerships, government relations, communications, or business development is a plus


  • Great with time management and organization
  • Excellent multitasking skills 
  • Quick learner
  • Team Player 
  • Critical thinker with problem-solving skills
  • Curiosity to learn and understand the details about the technology and project
  • Works efficiently and independently
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

Please note: because we are a non-profit, our salaries reflect that of an organization fully reliant on donations, rather than that of a commercial entity. 

Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union