• Open
  • Closing date: 20 November 2022


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. One part of the solution is to design, develop, and deploy cleanup systems to stop plastic from reaching our oceans by intercepting it in rivers. 

As Project Manager, you will be managing a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, data scientists, business developers, environmental scientists, and legal experts to craft successful concepts. Externally, you will manage various stakeholders such as operators, waste handlers, project sponsors and permitting authorities, among others. You thrive in complex situations and take pride in realizing our most challenging deployments. 

“We work in a fast-paced and informal way where you can take lots of responsibility. As a project manager, you can help shape our deployments in the years to come and help in stopping the flow of plastic to the oceans. Looking forward to working with an energetic, knowledgeable self-starter who will help The Ocean Cleanup in the next phases of our development!” Mathieu Feisthauer, Head of Project Management – River


We continue to expand our project management team. We are looking for a Project Manager to take on a range of challenging projects. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading 1 to 2 projects
  • Coordinating a cross-functional team (internally)
  • Managing partners and stakeholders (externally)
  • Developing a clear vision for the projects, with an effective strategy for project formulation, implementation and evaluation
  • Ensuring that the projects run smoothly by providing overall leadership, management, and supervision
  • Ensuring that the project strategy is clearly communicated with team members, local beneficiaries, and partners
  • Ensuring program implementation is on time, target, and budget
  • Establishing and overseeing effective project monitoring, evaluation, and reporting systems for both internal and external use and ensure high quality input is obtained from team members
  • Overseeing project success, measuring impact, and calibrating project strategy accordingly


  • Bachelor or Master's degree with additional training in project management 
  • Between 5 to 10 of relevant work experience in international project management preferably in a development organization (UN, Development Bank, NGO) in projects with a multi-year timeline
  • Relevant experience in defining project goals and designing the project structure with relevant stakeholders and/or consortia formed of various types of organisations (private and public)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE / SCRUM / AGILE certification is a plus
  • Proven track record in creating and managing project plans and budget control
  • Fluent in English (knowledge of other languages is a plus)


  • You realize that thorough groundwork (document control, planning updates, admin etc.) is part of the job and project success
  • Hands-on mentality; you do not stop until the project is successful 
  • You get energy from seeing tasks and projects through to completion
  • You have excellent communication skills
  • You are available to travel frequently
  • You perform well in a fast-paced and highly challenging environment
  • You like improving processes and you are meticulous, detail-oriented, and structured
Starting from:
Work permit needed:
European Union