UPCYCLING PLASTIC is hiring aProject Manager

UPP!’s mission is to help cities and regions to become zero-plastic-waste and fully circular on plastics. With the Upp! Circular Plastic Factory concept we focus on processing so called ‘non-recyclables’ or difficult to recycle plastic waste streams into robust and recyclable new construction materials for local use. Our solution uses PMM-technology®, enabling us to process unsorted, unwashed and unshredded mixed plastic waste into a high quality and strong new material in a cost and energy efficient way.

As a Project Manager, you ensure complex multi-stakeholder projects are implemented and managed. Internally you work with project developers and technical experts to ensure the projects are set up properly. Externally our local partner(s), financial partners and technology suppliers are key stakeholders to be managed. As our Projects are in different countries (Indonesia, Vietnam, India, the Netherlands to name a few) a good understanding of local plastic waste value chains is important. In a circular business, collaboration with the different supply chain partners and stakeholders is key.


UPP! is an impact driven start up company and is growing rapidly. As a start up company, everybody is required to help and work outside their core-responsibilities, which makes internal teamwork important. And fun.

In 2022 UPP!’s first 2 projects are kicking off. In collaboration with Sympact Solutions, Bek & Verburg and Plastech Recycling UPP! is setting up a test and demo factory in The Netherlands. This will be operational in Q1 2022. Together with PT Sumber Djaja Perkasa UPP! is setting up an UPP! Circular Plastic Factory in Surabaya, Indonesia. This project is part of a circular supply chain consortium led by MVONederland (CSR companies).

As a project manager you project-manage 2-3 projects in various countries. The activities range from setting up the plan and the project planning, managing the budget, feasibility, supply chain and market studies and develop market and product understanding at local level. Managing the (local) partner(s) such as the local operator, suppliers, distributors & sales agents and equipment suppliers and various tech partners is an important part of your role.

As a circular impact-driven company it’s important for UPP!’s projects to contribute to the set up or development of a local circular ecosystem for plastic waste. The project manager ensures projects to contribute to the transition towards a circular economy and helps building regional circular ecosystems.



– Between 3-5 years experience in a project organization and having been involved in complex multi-stakeholder projects, preferably internationally;

– Bachelor or Masters degree with training/specialization in Project Management

– Experience with project planning and managing budgets for projects

– Capable of building complex business cases and business plans

– Experience with circular business models and circular business financing

– Fluent in English, other languages are a plus


– Self-starter, independent ánd excellent teamworker even teambuilder

– Problem solver, can-do mentality

– Excellent communication skills – internally and externally

– Good in time management and planning

– Structured and detail-oriented

– A circular economy mind

– Humor, funloving

Do you want to work in a rapidly scaling, impact-driven, circular start-up? And would you like to play a pivotal role in making the world circular on plastics? If you want to know more about this unique opportunity, please contact janjaap@upcyclingplastic.com or call Jan Jaap Folmer at +31 6 1557 4232.

With a motivation letter and CV you can also apply directly. Please send it to janjaap@upcyclingplastic.com.

Project Manager

Posted 1 year ago

  • 🏢 Zuidermeer (NL)
  • Full-time

Sustainability at UPCYCLING PLASTIC

  • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production

    We aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the environment by collecting and transforming it into useful products. By repurposing plastic waste, we reducesthe demand for virgin materials, thus promoting sustainable production practices. Our circular economy model also helps to reduce waste and promote the efficient use of resources.

  • SDG 13 Climate Action

    When plastic waste is not disposed of properly, it ends up in landfills or oceans, releasing harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. By repurposing plastic waste, we reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, our products are designed to be reusable and long-lasting, which helps to reduce the overall carbon footprint.

  • SDG 14 Life Below Water

    We collect plastic waste from communities and organizations and transforms it into innovative and useful products. By doing so, we prevent plastic waste from entering water bodies and harming marine life. Our efforts also raise awareness about the importance of proper waste management and the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

  • SDG 15 Life On Land

    Our circular economy model promotes responsible waste management practices and helps to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. By repurposing plastic waste, we also reduce the demand for virgin materials, which helps to protect natural habitats from the impacts of resource extraction. Our efforts also raise awareness about the importance of protecting biodiversity and ecosystems.

  • SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals

    UPCYCLING PLASTIC promotes partnerships for the goals by collaborating with waste collectors, communities, and organizations to collect plastic waste and turn it into sustainable products. By working together, we can scale up our efforts and have a greater impact on reducing plastic waste in the environment. Additionally, our collaborations help to raise awareness about the importance of responsible waste management and the impact of plastic waste on the environment.