ORGANIZATION AND PROGRAM PROFILE is an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company in January 2018 to have lasting and substantial impact on complex social challenges. Our first initiative, Rethinking Recycling, aims to dramatically improve recycling systems in cities around the world so that they are truly economically sustainable, socially inclusive, and environmentally beneficial – thus accelerating the transition to a zero-waste, circular economy. We focus particularly on plastics and organics (food and garden waste) in the post-consumer waste stream, which together drive much of the waste pollution crisis and its contribution to local pollution and global climate change.

Our program has three major components, aimed at overcoming the vicious cycle of poor supply and inadequate demand for recycled material that plagues most cities today:

  1. We improve supply of recyclable waste at the source through better design of collection systems and behavioral nudges.
  2. We build community recycling systems that drive cost efficiency and ethical operations in sorting, logistics, and processing of recyclable waste.
  3. We work to stabilize recycling demand and unlock better pricing by streamlining and bringing transparency to the full recycling value chain.

Our goal is to create a replicable model for managing waste that cities around the world will adopt.

We currently have pilot programs in Argentina and Indonesia. We have full-time teams in both locations, as well as community, government, expert NGO and corporate partners who amplify our impact.

In Indonesia, on the supply and community side, we have been piloting our proof-of-concept in a community recycling program in one Desa (village) in Denpasar, and are now scaling the program across 6 villages in Bali (Rethinking Recycling Academy). On the demand side, we are partnering with PRAISE, a consortium of six consumer goods companies – Coca-Cola, Danone, Indofood, Nestlé, Tetra Pak, and Unilever – to develop mechanisms for channeling purchasing commitments into stabilizing markets for recycled material.

In Argentina, we have been conducting a proof-of-concept in the iconic informal settlement of Barrio 31 in Buenos Aires, where we have achieved recycling and community participation rates higher than any other similar neighborhood and most cities in Latin America. Building on our work in Barrio 31, we are now expanding our program to demonstrate the business case and community benefit of a recycling system at the scale of a full municipality. We have selected the municipality of Olavarría, in the Province of Buenos Aires, to pilot our full value chain approach: working with the municipal government, the local recycling cooperative, and community leaders to maximize material recovery upstream, and working with local and regional value chain players to test market innovations to stabilize supply chains and improve pricing.

Read more about our work and see a video of our program on our website: and on


The role for an operational associate will be responsible for a wide range of different activities within the operations workstream:

  • Leading the operational transformation across several waste management facilities in the Denpasar region during their scale up
  • Capturing, implementing and codifying best practices to improve the recycling performance of the facilities and take a leadership role in exploring new ideas (e.g. regarding composting solutions, improved way of sorting,...)
  • Building operational capabilities of the team to drive efficient and impactful waste management services, including the coaching of junior team members
  • Building a strong relationship with operational managers who have the authority to implement the operations transformation in the waste management facility
  • Coordinating and ensuring synergy of the operational work with other workstreams to ensure timely delivery of key milestones
  • Tracking the facilities’ operational and financial performance and launching corrective actions
  • Introducing and implementing lean and digital tools to the waste management facility
  • Representing the organization within transformational efforts with partners and community at large

The role will be based in our office in Sanur - Denpasar with travel expectations within the island. This is a full-time role reporting directly to Project Leader of Academy Rethinking Recycling for Indonesia. 

We are expecting someone with a strong institutional background, multi-disciplinary problem-solving skills, entrepreneurial spirit, attention to details, strong analytical skills and willingness to work flexibly in a rapidly changing and expanding team environment.


We are looking for candidates with waste management, environmental, operational and/or engineering experience to oversee the implementation of the operational workstream, reporting directly to the Program Manager.

Background should include:

  • Minimum 2 years of work relevant experiences;
  • Minimum a Bachelor Education in Engineering, Environmental Sciences, or relevant education background
  •  Professional fluency in Bahasa and English (both written and oral). Fluency in Balinese and/or Javanese is a plus
  • Preferred experience managing teams for complex implementation projects with various stakeholders
  • History of establishing credibility with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated conceptual and analytical problem-solving skills (e.g., presenting solution for complex operational problems)
  • Experience in relevant issues (e.g., sustainability, community transformation, etc)
  • Availability to relocate to the program location in Bali

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

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