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Head of People & Organization

The Ocean Cleanup


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Join The Ocean Cleanup as Head of People & Organization and lead an adventure to protect our oceans


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Coolsingel 6

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In-person- Rotterdam Netherlands

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Expires at anytime

Organization Summary

The Ocean Cleanup is on a monumental mission to eliminate plastic from the world's oceans and rivers. By joining our team in Rotterdam, you'll lead a crucial human resources effort in an innovative and dynamic non-profit environment, dedicated to making a significant environmental impact.

Role Summary

  • Develop and implement a forward-looking People strategy that supports The Ocean Cleanup's growth and mission.
  • Foster a collaborative, inclusive, and evolving workplace culture.
  • Design and manage compensation and benefits programs to attract and motivate exceptional talent.
  • Optimize the organizational structure and workforce design for scalability.
  • Create and support career development opportunities through mentorship, training, and performance management systems.
  • Invest in leadership development to strengthen the organization's leadership capabilities.
  • Boost employee engagement and nurture a diverse and inclusive culture.
  • Lead recruitment efforts to build a high-caliber team efficiently and effectively.
  • Manage the people budget and ensure its strategic alignment with organizational goals.
  • Direct a dedicated team of HR professionals, including talent acquisition, business partners, and operations specialists.

Role Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years of strategic leadership experience in People management.
  • A proven record of mentoring and leading teams internationally.
  • Strategic, positive mindset with a passion for innovation and fast-paced environments.
  • Experience with financial forecasting and budget management.
  • Expertise in stakeholder management and structured, prioritized execution.
  • Previous success in scaling an organization and developing unique HR approaches.
  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.
  • Results-driven with a focus on data and achieving objectives.
  • Adaptability to rapidly changing priorities in a dynamic setting.

Application Process Details

  • A valid European Union work permit is highly preferred.
  • Ideal start date is as soon as possible, aiming for June 2024.
  • Salaries are reflective of a non-profit reliant on donations.
  • Pre-employment checks are a standard part of the recruitment process.
  • Discover more about our work culture through our team podcasts.

POSTED: 8 March 2024
CLOSING DATE:  30 April 2024
STARTING DATE : As soon as possible (June latest)

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop technology to rid the world’s oceans and rivers of plastic. You will support our mission by leading our People and Organization team and The Ocean Cleanup’s People strategy .  
The Head of People & Organization is expected to lead a visionary People strategy while nurturing The Ocean Cleanup’s culture. He/She also provides strategic guidance, consultation, and support to the Management Team on all People related topics in carrying out the mission of The Ocean Cleanup.  
Responsibilities will include :

  • Develop and execute a visionary People strategy aligned with the growth objectives of The Ocean Cleanup; 
  • Evolve and nurture The Ocean Cleanup’s culture, fostering a positive and inclusive work environment that adapts and scales with the organization; 
  • Drive the development and management of fitting compensation and benefits programs that attract, retain, and motivate top talent; 
  • Innovate and optimize workforce design and organizational structure; 
  • Enable career growth and development opportunities by implementing mentorship programs, training initiatives, and performance management frameworks that empower employees to chart meaningful career paths; 
  • Invest in leadership development programs to build a strong leadership pipeline; 
  • Elevate our employee engagement score well-being and foster an inclusive, diverse culture; 
  • Oversee hiring and recruitment strategies and efforts to attract top-tier talent quickly and efficiently, ensuring the workforce can scale to meet business needs. 
  • Keep a watchful eye on our people budget and navigate its evolution; 
  • Enable, inspire, and motivate your team that consists of talent acquisition lead, people business partners and people operations specialists. 


  • You bring 10+ years of strategically leading People management experience
  • You have a track record of mentoring and inspiring management teams and People & Organization teams internationally.
  • You bring a strategic, positive, and refreshing People & Organizationmindset, with an inexhaustible appetite for adventure and speed.
  • You can confidently plan and manage financial forecasts and budgets.
  • You know how to manage stakeholders and know how to get things done by bringing structure & prioritization with tact and organizational savviness.
  • You led an organization through a similar scaling phase before and thrived on these dynamics with your unparalleled execution power and drive to create a unique People & Organization approach.


  • Team player with high cultural awareness and excellent communication skills 
  • Thrives in fast-paced, international environments 
  • Self-motivated, “can do” mentality 
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal 
  • You have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships and influence at all levels of the organization. 
  • You are results-oriented, focusing on data-driven decision-making and a track record of achieving goals. 
  • You thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and adapt to changing priorities.  


  • Work permit: A valid European Union work permit is highly preferred for this position (The role is based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands);
  • Starting date : As soon as possible (ideally June 2024 Latest)
  • Please note: because we are a non-profit, our salaries reflect that of an organization fully reliant on donations rather than that of a commercial entity. Conducting a pre-employment check is part of our recruitment process.

Curious to hear how it is to work at The Ocean Cleanup? Listen to our team members explain their work in our podcasts.


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