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QHSE Manager

The Ocean Cleanup


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Join The Ocean Cleanup's Mission to Restore Oceans as a Passionate QHSE Manager in Rotterdam


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Coolsingel 6

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In-person- Rotterdam Netherlands

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Expires at anytime

At The Ocean Cleanup, our goal is to create a future with pollution-free oceans by devising and scaling pioneering technology. As part of our dedicated QHSE team in Rotterdam, you'll be at the forefront of promoting a culture of safety and quality, playing a pivotal role in our environmentally critical mission. Your efforts will ensure excellence in our operations, meeting the expectations of our partners and regulatory standards, and contributing to a sustainable planet.

  • Organization summary: The Ocean Cleanup is a dynamic non-profit engineering environment dedicated to cleaning up the world's oceans. Located in Rotterdam, Netherlands, this role provides a unique opportunity to be part of a mission-driven team committed to innovation and environmental preservation. Join us in our journey towards a cleaner future!
  • Role Summary:
    • Assist in QHSE management tasks like compliance assurance and incident investigation.
    • Continually improve QHSE documents, ensuring annual updates and compliance with international standards.
    • Develop QMS, support assurance models, and manage documentation effectively.
    • Engage in corrective/preventive actions and continuous improvement initiatives.
    • Analyze QHSE performance metrics and prepare reports.
    • Investigate incidents and manage complaints.
    • Support the Head of QHSE and serve as a Prevention Officer.
  • Role Requirements:
    • A Master's or Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as Business Administration with a focus on Risk Management, Occupational Health & Safety.
    • 2-3 years of relevant experience in quality assurance/control, health and safety, or compliance management within a matrix organization.
    • Familiarity with project management, ISO standards, and Chain of Custody applications is beneficial.
    • Proficiency in English, with Dutch being an advantage.
    • Competency in ICT/MS Office applications and experience in a global and multicultural setting.
    • Must possess a positive attitude, leadership qualities, excellent communication skills, result-driven mindset, and self-motivation.
  • Application Process Details:
    • A valid European Union work permit is highly preferred.
    • Starting date is as soon as possible, ideally by June 2024.
    • Salary considerations reflect the nature of a non-profit reliant on donations.
    • Pre-employment checks are part of the recruitment process.
    • Learn more about our work culture by listening to The Ocean Cleanup's podcasts.

POSTED: 20 March 2024
CLOSING DATE: 1 May 2024
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible
The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technology to rid the world’s oceans. The QHSE team supports driving our mission with a safety culture, appropriately addressing change management and continual risk management to fulfills the needs of our partners, funders and regulatory bodies regarding quality, health, safety and environment matters.

"There are many opportunities to win in our QHSE unit. We empower our mission-driven teams by enhancing a robust internal assurance model, ensuring confident reporting on our impactful, environmentally sound operations to clients and standards. You will be helping us by driving a safety culture, elevating quality, and meeting our scale-up goals!" - Mariana Dávila Bustamante

The QHSE Manager will be responsible for assisting in various aspects of QHSE management, including compliance assurance, incident investigation, document control, risk assessment, continuous improvement initiatives, reporting and analysis, and team collaboration.

Some of the key deliverables & outcomes will include:

  •  All QHSE documents are reviewed and updated annually
  • The integrated management system complies with international standards of Assurance in QHSE topics, as well as the Chain of Custody
  • Core H&S processes are implemented – RI&E, BHV, PPE, Risk Management, Incident Management, and Mobilization Onshore/Offshore, among others.

Key Responsibilities

  • QMS development: contribute to developing, updating, and implementing QHSE policies and procedures in alignment with applicable laws, regulations, sector standards, and partners/funders requirements.
  • Assurance model: safeguard the compliance of our assurance model (Chain of custody and QHSE) by managing the non-conformities and monitoring the mitigation plans on the risks identified across the organization. 
  • Corrective/Preventive: Assist in identifying root causes and contributing factors, support implementing recommended corrective actions, and check its effectiveness periodically.
  • Document management: Maintain accurate and up-to-date QHSE documentation, records, and reports. Ensure the proper documentation of risk assessments, incidents, complaints, audits, and corrective/preventive actions.
  • Continuous improvement: Participate in QHSE improvement initiatives and projects. Contribute ideas and suggestions for enhancing QHSE performance, efficiency, and effectiveness across the organization.
  • Reporting: Prepare and analyze QHSE performance metrics, trends, and key performance indicators (KPIs) continuously. Generate reports and presentations where needed.
  • Incident management/Complaint handling: Take over the investigation of QHSE incidents, accidents, and near misses. Manage the complaint process and provide a report to the Head of QHSE in a timely manner.
  • QHSE team support: provide ongoing support to the Head of QHSE and the cross-functional needs wherever needed.
  • Prevention Officer: At least 1 day per week, this role serves as the Prevention officer for the entire organization (Risk Inventorisation and Evaluation)


  • Master's or Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Program Management focusing on Risk Management, Occupational Health & Safety, or equivalent
  • 2-3 years of relevant work experience in a matrix organization, facilitating quality assurance, quality control in production or manufacturing, health and safety, or compliance management
  • Experience with various project management methods involving delivering technological products and operations offshore/onshore/
  • Experienced in Chain of Custody applications is a plus
  • Knowledge of QHS policies, ISO Standards for integrated management systems (ISO 9001/45001/14001), legislation, and sector standards
  • Very good command of English (written and spoken); Dutch is an advantage
  • Experienced in working in a global environment and across diverse cultures and time zones
  • Advanced skills in ICT / MS Office applications


  • A positive mindset with natural leadership qualities and an inspirational management style
  • Able to perform well in a fast-paced, dynamic, and challenging environment
  • Ability to venture outside well-traveled paths
  • Result-driven and self-motivated, also in the face of adversity and setbacks 
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful mission


  • 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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