Operations Associate

Permanent employee, Full-time · Hackney Wick, London

The Role

At Notpla, we are on a mission to make packaging disappear. We are an innovative, ideas- and action-oriented start up that was founded on the belief that nature knows best. We develop and manufacture naturally biodegradable packaging solutions, made from seaweed and plants. We are currently looking to bring in an Operations Associate to join our Manufacturing and Development team, to look after our inhouse warehouse and logistical operations whilst also developing the quality and logistics processes. As well as using your existing skills in Logistics and Operations, we would like you to take on quality responsibilities within the production facility, ensuring what we deliver to our clients and partners is to the highest possible standards.


At Notpla, we truly believe in what we are trying to achieve and we believe in our employees' ability to help us achieve our goals. Because of this, anybody joining Notpla will be given the opportunity to develop and grow, you won’t be micromanaged, we want you to take responsibility for your domain. Our common goal has created a fantastic business culture where everyone takes care. We know that we work better together and this is reflected in our environment and working policies. As well as exciting roles and a great working environment, Notpla also offers competitive salaries, the potential for EMI Share Options, a zero carbon pension scheme, discounts with local businesses and subsidised social activities. We also offer a flexible working policy that allows you to work to your own flow. We are a social business with multiple clubs and events every week, and are proud of how our diverse workplace has created a community all pushing together in the pursuit of making packaging disappear. 


The manufacturing group within Notpla is responsible for creating our innovative and unique range of products.  In particular, the team is tasked with the in-house production of our flagship Ooho product. They are led by our Director of Development & Manufacturing, who has years of experience leading the development of sustainable packaging alternatives. The team is incredibly dynamic, owning a flexible approach to problem-solving that allows them to flourish with this new and exciting product technology. They are a group that celebrate change and have a constant desire to push the process and capabilities of their products forward. As Operations Associate you will sit within our Operations and Production team, supporting the team on logistics, inventory and warehouse management, and qualtity assurance.

Your profile

We are looking for someone with a can do attitude, someone who is willing to take on challenges. We are looking for flexible people who don’t mind taking on extra responsibilities. The Operations Associate will own all logistics activities, working closely with our Operations Manager and our Supply Chain & Procurement Manager to ensure successful and timely deliveries to our clients and partners. You will also be responsible for the general day to day production inventory and warehouse management. As well as this, you will also start to develop into a Quality assistant, we will give you the opportunity to learn exactly what quality assurance is and how it is applied to a production, operations and logistics. Other day to day activities will include:


  • Work alongside the commercial team to manage the outgoing logistical needs of our shopify account.

  • Work with the Production team to ensure effective inventory and stock control is carried out.

  • Ensure quality control within the production facility.

  • Work with external partners and suppliers to ensure the standards of goods coming in and out is of the highest quality.

  • Manage our Shopify account.

  • Managing crate shipments.

  • Picking and packing in the warehouse to ensure delivery on samples and wholesale orders across our product portfolio.. 

  • Organising and building relationships with our network of couriers to ensure successful delivery.

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure we are well planned and adhering to deliver schedules.

  • Preparing and shipping samples and large scale orders. 

  • Manage all stock within the business, including but not limited to our in house Ooho production facility, prototyping and materials and ingredients library.

  • Work with the operations manager to assist in quality control of products manufactured in house. 

  • Work with the development team to develop effective and novel secondary packing and transit techniques.

  • Ensure quality of samples produced for early stage or new products.



If the above sounds like something you can see yourself doing, then please apply with a CV and cover letter and someone from our recruitment team will be in touch. 

About us

We’re hard to define because what we’re doing hasn’t been done before.

Notpla is a sustainable packaging start-up founded in 2014. A combination of designers,  chemists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. We create advanced packaging solutions made from seaweed and other natural materials as an alternative to single-use plastic.

We received multiple awards and grants from Innovate UK and the Ellen Macarthur Foundation for our innovative product “Ooho” – an edible and fully biodegradable sachet. Our portfolio has now extended with multiple innovation solutions. 

We're committed to creating a working environment where every member of our team can bring their full self to work regardless of their race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability or age.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
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