DATE OPENED: 12 January 2024
DATE CLOSING: 31 March 2024
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. To achieve our mission, we need to successfully deploy our systems. The Procurement Manager will have succeeded when all our supply chain and contract activities run smoothly.

“In The Ocean Cleanup, successful supply chain management requires strong collaboration and coordination among all stakeholders and external partners involved. The Procurement Manager communicates accurately and promptly to share information, resolve issues, and take appropriate actions. Supply chain continuously seek improvement in their processes, operations, and performance.” Tatjana Scroggie, Head of Supply Chain
We are hiring a smart and well-structured procurement manager whose passion is to be the 'go-to' person in procurement and who loves to discuss with our bright technical crew. As the Procurement Manager, you will be responsible for the supply chain and contract activities for The Ocean Cleanup. You will report to the Head of Supply Chain and work very closely with the Project Managers.

You will help identify improvements to the structure, processes, and supporting content around how we engage with and support our stakeholders and suppliers across the organization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Global negotiations and leading tenders (RFP)
  • Negotiation of the contracts, agreeing on best prices & conditions, and minimizing risks
  • Creation, formulation, and finalization of contracts
  • Manage contract lifecycle, expiration dates, and notice periods as expressed in assets, licenses, and services
Relationship Management:
  • Alignment with internal stakeholders regarding strategic and tactical procurement issues, decision-making processes, etc.
  • Regular information delivery about suppliers, market developments, and potential risks
  • Build and maintain (long-term) strong relationships with strategic and key suppliers
  • Manage the relationship with global suppliers (from initiation to potential ending), define and monitor KPIs
  • Be the (inter)face between both the Business and supplier and lead Business Review Meetings;
  • Ensure the consolidation of suppliers’ reviews and prepare continuous improvement plans in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
Data Management:
  • Collection, consolidation, and management of all relevant data related to suppliers, products, prices & categories
  • Ensure data are standardized, timely updated, and accurate at all times
  • Develop reporting tools enabling all types of analysis, including forecasts
  • Usage of these data, reports, and analyses as a basis for benchmarks to identify best practices, synergies, and optimization opportunities & to develop procurement strategies
  • Drafting and executing initiatives in the area of process definition, digitalization of Procurement, improved ways of working
  • Managing digital-, and improvement projects
  • Execute a plan for supplier downsizing/internationalizing and create a set of preferred suppliers
  • Manage Due Diligence of the supplier base
  • A degree in a relevant field, such as supply chain
  • More than 5 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Experience in closing negotiations in both direct and indirect procurement
  • Experience working in different cultural settings internally and externally
  • Excellent English language skills (including written), and Dutch language skills would be preferred
  • Experience in developing strategies to source and supply parts efficiently either internationally, regionally or nationally (specifically for Asia and LATAM countries)
  • Experience with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Proactive attitude
  • Independent and flexible 
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • Strong communicator and team player
  • Flexible and comfortable in a continuously changing environment
  • Results-driven and self-motivated, even when faced with adversity and setbacks
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • Work permit: A valid European Union work permit is highly preferred for this position (The role is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
  • 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. Conducting a pre-employment check is part of our recruitment process.
  • Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcast.