The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technology to extract, prevent, and intercept plastic pollution. Our goal is to initiate the largest cleanup in history by 2018.

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. 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.  


In September, we launched the first ocean cleanup system, set to be deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We expect the first materials to arrive onshore by the end of this year. We shall recycle these materials into meaningful new products. These products must comply with high quality and environmental standards.

We are looking for a bright QESH professional who can develop and implement the processes to achieve these high standards. The QESH Manager, Plastics is responsible for developing and maintaining appropriate quality, environment, health and safety management systems for the collected and processed materials (recycled plastics and other material streams).

The QESH manager will ensure that the best available practices are followed throughout the supply chain, from landing material, developing recycled plastics to final products.  

He or she is responsible for implementing a certificate of origin of ocean plastic materials. It is important that our materials are always processed separately from other recyclables at our partners facilities. The QESH manager oversees raising proper documentation of all processes, to ensure audit preparedness for all processes throughout our partner network.

The QESH manager is conducting risk assessments for each step of the supply chain; and is responsible for the implementation of improvements at The Ocean Cleanup and with our partners.

Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the development of the certificate of origin for ocean plastic
  • Develop and maintain a QMS for the material and product where applicable
  • Ensure that the supply chain complies with the best environmental, health and safety practices
  • Define suitable standards regarding environment, quality and social values which our partners shall comply with
  • Prepare risk assessments I.R.T. materials and processes
  • Ensure consistency of material quality and safety, as well as the required documentation for all the supply chain steps


  • Highly experienced in roles developing quality management systems and following high health and safety standards
  • Knowledge of plastics and recycling processes and understand the industry
  • Academic-level thinking and communication skills 


  • Accuracy and savviness
  • Results-driven and self-motivated, also in the face of adversity and setbacks
  • Creating quality awareness in a start-up environment
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Willing to travel abroad
  • Strong personal integrity
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal 

Please apply by sending your CV and motivation letter to hr@theoceancleanup.com.