Program Manager

  • The Ocean Cleanup
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 08, 2020
Full Time Operations Other Project Manager

Job Description


In order to achieve our mission, The Ocean Cleanup needs to design, develop and deploy offshore cleanup systems that extract plastic out of our oceans. The Program Manager will have succeeded once the program is translated into plans and forecasts, and progress is maintained to reach the project objectives on time and within budget.

“We are working in a fun, fast-paced and innovative project environment. We are looking for a hands-on Program Manager who can support the steering of our technical and operational departments with accurate planning and financials. I am looking forward to working with an energetic, knowledgeable organizer who will help bring The Ocean Cleanup into the next phase!” 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 shall support the project teams by proactively collecting information and translating this into plans and forecasts; monitor their planning and financial impact, and to steer and coach the teams in order to achieve our objectives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist project management in maintaining schedules and cost forecasts up to date
  • Proactively translate information into schedules and forecasts, challenging planning input from team members
  • Preparing engineering and procurement schedule and keeping project planning schedules up-to-date, including scope changes, latest progress, delivery information
  • Assist in project contracting: support procurement in RFQ’s, include preliminary estimates in forecasts, follow-up with procurement department, liaise with financial department on compliance and reporting
  • Recognizing and reporting changes in risk profile (technical, operational and financial)
  • Delivering monthly project progress reports – in cooperation with the finance team
  • Systematically, punctually and accurately carrying out the administrative duties involved


  • BSc degree, preferably in engineering (civil engineering, mechanical engineering or offshore engineering)
  • At least 4 years’ experience, preferably including tasks as estimator or planner
  • Experience in a technical organization / project based organization
  • Proven accuracy and administrative skills


  • Curious and proactive
  • Results-driven and self-motivated, even when faced with adversity and setbacks
  • Strong communication skills
  • Service-oriented attitude
  • Able to find structure in complex situations
  • Strong personal integrity
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal

Organization type



51-200 employees  


Waste Reduction & Circular Economy, Supporting Catalysts