• Open
  • Closing date: 15 January 2023


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. You will support our mission by bringing senior legal expertise to the team.  

 “Shoot for the moon. Be part of an amazing team, focusing on achieving an incredible mission,” Rutger de Witt Wijnen, General Counsel


To provide legal advice to all entities of The Ocean Cleanup requires managing the legal risks across multiple jurisdictions and several areas of law. You will draft, review, and negotiate contracts with operators, suppliers, sponsors, partners, financial institutions, international organizations, and governments. You will be involved in mapping and overseeing regulatory requirements for the operations of The Ocean Cleanup and in public relations with regulatory authorities where necessary. As our operations are new and unique, existing laws and regulations might not cover them, and there are often no precedents (something that makes this job so exciting). 

The responsibilities and activities are very broad and diverse; the fields of law differ, from international contract law to intellectual property law, from the law of the sea to corporate governance, and from issues related to permitting to labor law issues. 

You will work closely with an international team of talented lawyers and top tier law firms worldwide that support The Ocean Cleanup.

Responsibilities include:

  • Independently drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts, primarily in English
  • Drafting templates for frequently used agreements
  • Mapping applicable laws and regulations and facilitating business compliance
  • Challenge and support business decisions from a legal perspective
  • Manage outside experts/counsel
  • Register IP rights and follow up on infringements
  • HR and procurement support
  • Advising on a variety of other legal topics


  • Master’s degree in Dutch law
  • At least 10 years of experience in private practice, preferably also experience as an in-house counsel and/or with an International Organization
  • Extensive knowledge in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international contracts
  • In-depth understanding of various fields of laws or the willingness to learn more (such as IP, law of the sea, corporate governance, etc.);
  • Excellent Dutch and English language skills (written and verbal); other languages are a plus
  • Willingness to travel regularly 


  • Pragmatic where possible, but thorough when needed
  • Team player with high cultural awareness and sensitivity; and excellent communication skills
  • Thrives in fast-paced, international environments
  • Self-motivated, “can do” mentality
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union