Working at The Great Bubble Barrier

The Great Bubble Barrier is a young and fast-growing Dutch startup located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We are proud of our growth, mentality and the impact which we can reach. To keep our river free of plastic we always need talented, motivated pioneers which can support us in our mission to change the world with our own hands. Do you already start to sparkle? Look below whether we have job opportunities for you or send an open application through our contact form. If you are looking for volunteering options, please have a look on our volunteering page.

R&D Engineer

  • 40 hours per week
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • EU working permit
  • Fluent in English
  • Based in The Netherlands


Help us to protect our oceans and rivers from plastic pollution by overseeing the implementation of new Bubble Barrier projects. As a R&D Engineer at The Great Bubble Barrier, you will be working on Bubble Barrier projects as well as on Research and Development.

 

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Why we exist

Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem. Even with an advanced waste infrastructure, canals and rivers still show a significant pollution with plastic. That’s why we created The Great Bubble Barrier.

Our mission is to stop plastic pollution in rivers and canals before it reaches our oceans… with bubbles! By recovering plastic debris early on, we minimise its negative impact on the environment.

Joining The Great Bubble Barrier means you’ll be joining our fight for cleaner oceans.

What will you do

As our new R&D engineer, you will be tightly involved with the development and
improvement of the three core components of our Bubble Barrier system: Curtain, Catchment
and Compressor. These components have their own individual technical challenges which
you will be working on. This may involve conceptual phases as well as optimising existing
systems. You will use your technical engineering skills to critically assess design choices,
come up with recommendations and solutions, work on the realisation of these systems in
contact with partners, suppliers, and clients.

A workday will consist of project work or product development, which will include:

  • Hydrodynamic analyses, calculations, and simulations to validate design choices
  • Execution of basin tests and operational tests of concepts, scaled models and prototypes
  • Hydrodynamic modelling of floating structures and mooring systems
  • Cooperation and communication with the engineering and sales department, as well as partners and suppliers
  • Supporting project engineers with the implementation of new Bubble Barrier systems

Skills & requirements

Essential:

  • Intrinsic motivation to combat plastic pollution
  • Academic degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as Offshore-, Mechanical-,
    Civil or Maritime engineering or similar. Specialisation in or affinity with
    hydrodynamics required.
  • Proficiency with CAD programs (preferably with Autodesk)
  • Experience with CFD programs
  • Experience with engineering programming languages such as Matlab, Python, C++,
    etc.
  • Ability to work independently and to prioritise when needed
  • Valid driving licence (B)
  • Fluent in English, reading and writing

Desirable:

  • Experience with different manufacturing processes and methods
  • Able to understand Dutch and communicate with Dutch suppliers
  • Able to speak an additional language

    What we offer

    We are a young social enterprise dedicated to improving our rivers and oceans’ health. You’ll
    be joining us in our mission, working in a team of passionate people. We offer flexible work
    hours, a work laptop, 20 holidays (based on 40h/week) + 5 standard days off, employee
    discounts, free lunch and social drinks at the office (including rooftop terrace) when COVID
    restrictions allow, and home-work travel cost compensation within the Netherlands.

    Salary indication:
    €3.000,- to €3.400,- gross, excluding holiday allowance of 8%, depending on experience.
    As a social enterprise, our profits are directly invested back into our mission and the salary
    offered may not reflect those of commercial entity.

    The Great Bubble Barrier is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity,
    regardless of sex, marital status, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender
    identity and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job. Selection will
    be in accordance with objective, job related criteria and the appointment will be based on
    applicant’s merits and abilities.

    How to apply

    Sounds like you? Send us your resume and cover letter (in English) to hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com.


    Questions?

    Visit our website for more information on The Great Bubble Barrier or get in touch at hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com

    Financial Controller

    • 24 hours per week, 16 hours can be discussed
    • Start date: as soon as possible
    • Deadline for applications: 1st of November 2021
    • EU working permit
    • Fluent in English & Dutch
    • Based in The Netherlands


    Help us protect our oceans and rivers from plastic pollution by overseeing the financials of our organisation and Bubble Barrier projects. As a Financial Controller at The Great Bubble Barrier, you will be working with the director’s team to make every project a success.

     

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    Why we exist

    Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem. Even with an advanced waste infrastructure, canals and rivers still show a significant pollution with plastic. That’s why we created The Great Bubble Barrier.

    Our mission is to stop plastic pollution in rivers and canals before it reaches our oceans… with bubbles! By recovering plastic debris early on, we minimise its negative impact on the environment.

    Joining The Great Bubble Barrier means you’ll be joining our fight for cleaner oceans.

    What will you do

    We are looking for a Financial Controller with a broad range of financial advisory expertise. Someone who is familiar with project-based accounting, working with Exact, budgeting and budget control, financial projections and scenario planning. In this role you will work closely with the financial administration, our project managers and our directors’ team. You will be able to provide monthly updates on project controls, cashflow and projections, as well as hands-on control work in response to the team’s questions.

     

    Your responsibilities include: 

    • Responsibility for monthly reporting to responsible director(s),
    • Managing debtors and creditors administration
    • Maintaining contact with accountant and bank
    • Responsibility for year-end closing
    • Implementing automation improvements
    • Working closely with project managers to monitor and report the financial performance of projects
    • Creating and monitoring project budgets and forecasts
    • Reporting forecast including budget, analysis, and explanation
    • Monitoring project finances and anticipate any deviations from the plan
    • Supporting the directors’ team as a sparring partner
    • Setting up and running different scenarios for cashflow projections

      Skills & requirements

      • Academic degree with a financial focus, such as a Bachelor in Business Administration or MBA
      • > 4 years of financial control experience, preferably in a fast-moving, goal-driven organization
      • Excellent Dutch and English (both written and verbal)
      • Fast and effective user of Excel, PowerPoint and Exact. E.g., being able to build, adapt and check financial models in Excel is crucial.
      • Comfortable with all concepts in finance, international tax and administrative organization/internal controls
      • Affinity with ocean health, sustainability and/or preventing plastic pollution
      • Working from the Netherlands

        What we offer

        We are a young and fast-growing start-up dedicated to improving our rivers and oceans’ health. You’ll be joining us in our mission, working in a fun environment with a team of passionate people. We offer flexible work hours as well as room for your own ideas and interpretation of your work. Furthermore, we offer a work laptop, 20 holidays (based on 40h/week) + 5 standard days off, employee discounts, free lunch and social drinks at the office (including rooftop terrace) when COVID restrictions allow.

        Salary indication: 1500-2000 euros gross for 24 hours/week, plus a holiday allowance of 8%.  

        As a social enterprise, our profits are directly invested back into our mission and the salary offered may not reflect those of commercial entity.

        The Great Bubble Barrier is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity, regardless of sex, marital status, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job. Selection will be in accordance with objective, job related criteria and the appointment will be based on applicant’s merits and abilities.

        How to apply

        Would this role suit you? Send us your resume and cover letter (in Dutch or English) to hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com


        Questions?

        Visit our website for more information on The Great Bubble Barrier or get in touch at hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com

        Financial Advisor (Volunteer)

        • 4-8 hours per week
        • Start date: as soon as possible
        • EU working permit
        • Fluent in English & Dutch
        • Based in The Netherlands


        Help us protect our oceans and rivers from plastic pollution in a volunteer position at The Great Bubble Barrier. We are looking for an experienced financial advisor to support the development of business cases and financial scenarios.

         

        More information about this job:

        Why we exist

        Plastic pollution is a worldwide problem. Even with an advanced waste infrastructure, canals and rivers still show a significant pollution with plastic. That’s why we created The Great Bubble Barrier.

        Our mission is to stop plastic pollution in rivers and canals before it reaches our oceans… with bubbles! By recovering plastic debris early on, we minimise its negative impact on the environment.

        Joining The Great Bubble Barrier means you’ll be joining our fight for cleaner oceans.

        What will you do

        We are looking for a Financial Advisor with a broad range of financial advisory expertise. Someone who is familiar with financial projections, scenario planning and projecting the impact of different financial models. The advisor we are looking for will support the Operational Director on a weekly basis with a focus on project controls and strategic advice, as well as hands-on control work.

        What we’re looking for is someone who can support the Operations Director in strategic scenario building, can help set up and run scenario planning’s for cashflow projections and who’s willing to work out different business models, such as PaaS for example.

        Skills & requirements

        • Proven academic excellence; (executive) master’s degree with a financial focus (RA / RC / CA / CPA / CIMA or equivalent)
        • > 4 years of finance experience in a fast-moving, goal-driven organization
        • Excellent Dutch and English (both written and verbal)
        • Affinity with engineering, ocean health and/or preventing plastic pollution
        • Comfortable with all concepts in finance, international tax planning, and AO/IC (administrative organization/internal controls)
        • A long track record in financial advice or advising start-ups

        What we offer

        We are a young and fast-growing start-up dedicated to improving our rivers and oceans’ health. You’ll be joining us in our mission, working in a fun environment with a team of passionate people. 

        How to apply

        Would this volunteer position suit you? Send us your resume and cover letter (in Dutch or English) to hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com


        Questions?

        Visit our website for more information on The Great Bubble Barrier or get in touch at hr@thegreatbubblebarrier.com

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