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Program Manager Ocean | Interim, Maternity Cover

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Saturday, November 4, 2023

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. To achieve this mission, we need to design, develop, and deploy offshore cleanup systems that concentrate and extract plastic from 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 with the project leads to achieve your objectives.

"The Ocean Cleanup is a technology-driven project that is making an impact by doing. We have a strong passion for clean oceans and love challenging the status quo. We are looking for a temporary Program Manager to ensure our plans are aligned, and the program is on track. That is the backbone of cleaning the ocean.” Joël Jansen, 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, monitoring their progress and financial impact, and supporting the overall project by enacting processes to ensure we achieve our objectives.
Your responsibilities include:
  • Program monitoring, controlling, and forecasting of progress (incl. planning, risks, and finance)
  • Improving internal processes and project management structures 
  • Managing the document control process
  • Drive continuous learning in the Ocean team
  • Hands-on support to the project teams to help achieve their tasks and objectives
  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree, preferably with engineering affinity or background
  • Prince2, PMP or MSP is a plus
  • 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
  • Understand 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
  • Above all, has an intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission.
Please mention the potential start date in your application. 

As soon as possible
European Union