• Open
  • Closing date: 28 August 2022


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Our goal is to scale up and tackle the 1000 most polluting rivers around the world. Working in the River team, your goal will be to optimize the operation of our solutions together with our partners. With your operational background, technical insight, and international experience, you will help us intercept as much plastic as possible.

“Cleaning rivers will be a long-term (decades) exercise. The launch of a system in a river is only the start of the cleaning journey. Ensuring systems are running smoothly, but more importantly, ensuring our local operators feel pride in continuously improving their system is the key to success!” - Onno van de Sande, Integrated River Solutions Director


With a number of Interceptors already installed, the Rivers team is now working on new projects. To prepare for scale-up to 10’s and 100’s of rivers, it is important that the learnings from our current operations are tracked and incorporated. For this, we need strong performance monitoring and close contact with the owners and operators of the system. We are looking for an operations manager with a connection to water bodies who wants to take on the challenge of bringing operational excellence to a new territory.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and managing the start-up of system operations. You will work closely with our local representatives and are the point of contact for our team and partners for any operational challenges
  • Ensuring fast local response on issues to keep system availability on target
  • Monitoring performance, reliability, and efficacy, and always be on the lookout for ways to improve and optimize system operations
  • Keeping an overview of operational contracts and KPIs. You will ensure that both contract holders (our partners and The Ocean Cleanup) deliver accordingly


  • A relevant technical bachelor’s or master’s degree (for example, in naval engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering) 
  • Around 7-10 years of relevant work experience in an operational role in the maritime world or river civil works
  • Experience with contract management, subcontracting, outsourcing, or collaborating with external partners
  • Relevant international experience (preferably in Asia, Latin America, and/or Africa) 
  • Experience with repair and maintenance or asset management is preferred
  • Fluent in English. Knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese, or any Asian language is a plus


  • You are a practical person with good foresight 
  • You have excellent communication and social skills, including a strong cultural awareness and ability to communicate on all levels (operational to political)
  • You like to mix up your routine, from complex challenges to day-to-day firefights.
  • Seeing improvements over time in both systems and people is what drives you.
  • You are a realist, perhaps a bit on the ‘glass-half-full’ side, but you’re more into mitigating risks than letting them run their course
  • You have an intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission

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.

Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcast.

Work permit needed:
European Union