• Interviews started
  • Closing date: 03 May 2021


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. In order to achieve this mission, we need to design, develop, and deploy offshore cleanup systems that concentrate and extract plastic out of our oceans. As Program Manager Ocean, you will be responsible for the project control management of the Ocean team, with a strong focus on planning, progress monitoring, forecasting, and implementation of effective work processes. You will report to the Ocean Director and work closely together with the project leads to achieve your objectives.

“We work in a fun, fast-paced, and innovative project environment. We are looking for a hands-on program manager who can support the work of our technical and operational departments with accurate planning, progress monitoring, and financial forecasting. This role will allow you to combine your professional excellence with a purposeful goal.” - Henk van Dalen, Director Ocean


The Ocean Cleanup runs complex projects to develop technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Program Manager Ocean will support the project teams by proactively collecting information and translating it into plans and forecasts; monitor their progress and financial impact; and support the overall project by enacting processes to ensure we achieve our objectives.

Your responsibilities include:

  • Planning and progress monitoring
  • Financial forecasting and reporting
  • Improving internal processes and project management structures 
  • Managing the document control process
  • Coordinating and hosting weekly team meetings
  • Drive continuous learning in the Ocean team
  • Hands-on support to the project teams to help achieve their tasks and objectives


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in project management and/or engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or offshore engineering)
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in project controls and/or project management, preferably in a field where you have experience that prepared you for this job (e.g., in (innovation) engineering, construction, innovation, ship-building, maritime industry, etc.)
  • Fluent in English 


  • Curious, proactive, and results-driven team player
  • Can find structure in complex situations by utilizing strong communication skills to guide the team through your planning
  • Understands that a certain amount of groundwork (document control, follow up for planning updates, administrative tasks, etc.) is part of the job and project success
  • Performs well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • And above all: has an intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union

Interviews have started, but please feel free to apply, as we might consider new applications.