Director, Recycling Operations
Trenton, NJ Operations
Job Type

TerraCycle Overview

TerraCycle’s mission is to Eliminate the idea of Waste®.

Headquartered in Trenton, N.J. and operating in over 21 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, TerraCycle is a global innovator in waste management. It partners with many of the world’s largest consumer product companies and retailers to create collection and recycling solutions for hundreds of hard-to-recycle waste streams. By working with manufacturers, retailers, governments and consumers, TerraCycle is able to collect and recycle just about every waste stream, from snack wrappers and contact lenses to ocean plastics and cigarette butts, that would otherwise end up in landfills, oceans, or incinerators.


TerraCycle’s global reuse platform Loop partners with brands and retailers to move from a disposable to durable supply chain and enables consumers to purchase a wide range of everyday products in reusable packaging. Loop has engaged many of the world's largest consumer product companies such as P&G, Nestlé, Unilever, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Mondelez, and many of the world’s largest retailers in this platform. Loop is currently available in the U.S, France, Canada, Japan and the UK.

TerraCycle has received hundreds of awards and recognition and has been highlighted in some of the world's most recognized media outlets, including CNN, Wall St. Journal,, New York Times, Forbes, Time and thousands of others.


Primary Responsibilities

The qualified individual will have both a technical background and experience in supporting sales and business teams. Technical experience in material processing, R&D and recycling operations will be used to support business innovation through the development of new collection and recycling supply chains for traditionally non-recyclable materials. The Director for Recycling Operations will lead the Global Recycling Operations team to identify, source, and on-board third party subcontractors to perform various processing services on a wide variety of TerraCycle waste streams. This role will require an innovation mindset and strong spirit of service. Solutions minded leadership, collaboration and communication across a wide range of technical and business stakeholders will be of the utmost importance for success in this role. Candidates must thrive in a fast-paced environment with a high level of uncertainty, change and autonomy. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of various material processing including sortation, shredding or grinding, washing, drying, compounding, etc. This person will also have excellent interpersonal skills and project management skills with the ability to juggle moving pieces and shifting deadlines.


  • Gain a strong understanding of TerraCycle’s existing supply chain and material processing capabilities to support existing key account requests and development.
  • Partner with all commercial groups to support sales to develop new recycling programs, act as the go to person for clients questions, assist client calls when required.
  • Partner with all technical groups including R&D, waste regulatory and supply chain operations to support new business development. Evaluate commercial opportunities and frame supply chain requirements necessary to rapidly expand capabilities and close deals for new customers and waste streams.
  • Strengthen internal processes for evaluation of new business opportunities, sales support and communications regarding TerraCycle’s recycling supply chains.
  • Lead the Recycling Operations team to source, onboard and maintain all downstream processor and recycler relationships. Implement a strategic plan to expand TerraCycle’s processor relationships and recycling supply chains.
  • Implement standards outlined by compliance teams to ensure all recycling supply chains meet chain of custody and responsible business requirements.
  • Drive cost down/out of recycling supply chains while strengthening vendor relationships and contracts to secure competitive advantage against emerging competitors.



  • Minimum 10 years of experience in both technical and business support roles.
  • Demonstrable success in leading and supporting business innovations through partnership with technical and business stakeholders.
  • Prior management experience of technical stakeholders, preferably in the material processing and/or recycling disciplines.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills with the ability to lead a wide range of stakeholders through projects including both technical and commercial nuance.
  • Ability to clearly outline and communicate ideas, challenges and strategies to senior leadership in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to think outside of the box to provide technical solutions to complex and innovative projects
  • Ability to lead with strength, conviction, confidence but also a spirit of service, empathy and positivity.
  • Excellent knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, specifically Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, along with excellent organizational skills to produce documents that are easily understandable for other stakeholders.
  • Periodically travel* within the US (1-2 times per month) to visit third party vendors during the on-boarding process.
  • Periodically travel* internationally (2-4 times per year) to visit third party vendors during the on-boarding process.
  • Maintain and use your own vehicle for local travel* to nearby vendor locations.


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Generous paid time off
  • Company subsidized medical and insurance plan
  • Company matched 401(k) contributions


TerraCycle requires all employees to provide proof that they have been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, or have a valid religious or medical reason for being exempt.

TerraCycle is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to  Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. 

Note: International candidates must be eligible to work in their country of employment.  At this time TerraCycle does not provide for visa sponsorships.

Job description is not all inclusive. TerraCycle reserves the right to amend this job description at any time.