• Open
  • Closing date: 26 September 2022


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. In order 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 are running smoothly.

“We work in a fast-paced and informal way where you can take lots of responsibility. I would like to welcome a proactive Procurement Manager who will be the 'go-to person' in Procurement, and who loves working with multidisciplinary teams and our suppliers. Looking forward to working with an energetic, knowledgeable self-starter who will help support bringing The Ocean Cleanup Supply Chain Team into the next phase!” -Tatjana Scroggie, Supply Chain Manager


In order to assure its success, 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 Supply Chain Manager and work very closely with the Project Managers for project matters.

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 lead 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), defines 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 prepares 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 of supplier downsizing / internationalizing / create a set of preferred suppliers
  • Manage Due Diligence of supplier base


  • A degree in a relevant field such as supply chain or a related field
  • More than 5 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Experience in closing negotiations in both direct and indirect procurement
  • Excellent English language skills (including written), Dutch language skills would be preferred
  • Experience with Word, PowerPoint, Excel


  • Proactive attitude
  • 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
  • Independent and flexible
  • 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