HR Business Partner



The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. In 2018, The Ocean Cleanup initiated the largest cleanup in history by launching the first cleanup system; System 001 ("Wilson").

We are a young organization with a mission to tackle a global problem of an unprecedented scale. What we are aiming for is not easy, and we know we need to push the limits of current technological boundaries to reach our goals. We are passionate about creating awesome things. Working at The Ocean Cleanup isn’t for everyone, but we believe that through optimism, perseverance and ingenuity we can succeed.

We are recruiting a diverse team of bright, high-performing people, who feel comfortable going off the beaten path, and who perceive setbacks merely as necessary obstacles to be taken on the route to great and lasting achievement.


The HR Business partner supports the Head of HR in achieving the department’s goals with the selection, onboarding, renumeration, appraisal and development of excellent crew members of The Ocean Cleanup.

This role offers a smart and agile HR professional a great opportunity to join a fast-growing organization and to develop within the company in the long run. You will have responsibility for key HR processes and help structure the HR challenges of The Ocean Cleanup.

Responsibilities include:

  • Making employment and engagement agreements
  • Onboarding and offboarding crew members
  • Maintaining The Ocean Cleanup’s HR administration
  • Maintaining The Ocean Cleanup’s HR administration

    • Maintain staff- and payroll data
    • Manage monthly payroll
    • Onboarding/offboarding reports

  • Assisting international crew with visa and tax requirements
  • Coordinate all selection and onboarding procedures (interviews, rejections)
  • Assist the head of HR with interviews, hiring negotiations, staff assessments and select personnel issues


  • Bachelor or master’s degree (at least HBO)
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a similar role
  • Professional knowledge of key HR processes and principles
  • Excellent command of the English language (written and verbal)
  • For this role, we only invite candidates with a valid (long-term) working permit for the Netherlands


  • Enjoys being organized and methodical in a highly dynamic, high-paced environment
  • Combines administrative acumen with a love for HR work
  • Confidently handles large amounts of information and prioritizes tasks
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

Please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to You can also use this email address to send questions regarding the position.