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 or call Jan Jaap Folmer at +31 6 1557 4232.
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