Associate General Counsel Commercial

Associate General Counsel Commercial
Region: Aalst
Required experience: 5 years
Environment: Company
Ref: LexGO25/10
Contract: Permanent position (Full-time)

Company description

Ontex is a leading international producer of personal hygiene solutions for babies, women and adults. Its quality, value-for-money products are distributed in more than 110 countries through leading retailer private labels, as well as under its own brands. Its shares are listed on the Euronext Brussels stock exchange and included in the BEL-20 index. 


The position

As a member of Ontex’ Legal, IP & Compliance department you will support the growth of the Company and help Ontex manage the legal and regulatory risks in the many countries where it has operations or does business.

As a member of the commercial and business law team you will provide the Company’s business divisions and group functions first-class contract, advisory and litigation support and develops state-of-the-art tools and processes. The team also supports the Company’s preventive law strategy and its compliance initiatives in commercial and business law matters. 

You will be the business partner for the Supply Chain organization and also be responsible for managing strategic projects from a legal perspective.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Leading all legal aspects of strategic business projects enabling the growth of Ontex (including concluding business partnerships and setting up of greenfield operations);
  • Providing functional support and advice to Ontex’ business divisions with respect to commercial and business law matters, with a focus on commercial contracts (sales, distribution, supply/procurement, in- or out-sourcing, IT, real estate, transport and logistics,…) and relevant regulations (consumer protection and trade practices, public procurement, competition, economic sanctions, ABC/AML,…);
  • Provide contract drafting and negotiation and other contract management support in relation to all commercial contracts;
  • Developing and implementing a preventive law and compliance strategy and designing effective and state of the art tools, processes, trainings and policies enabling Ontex’ business divisions to operate with a high level of empowerment;
  • Managing litigation and support pre-litigation/complaints handling processes;
  • Keeping abreast of relevant evolutions and developments and managing (network of) outside local counsel in relation to all of the above;
  • Developing and maintaining strong business partner relationships and collaborative model with the stakeholders in Ontex’ business divisions and relevant group functions;
  • Develop network of relevant authorities, regulators and other external stakeholders; 
  • Contributing to the deployment of best in class tools, processes and systems with respect to legal management.

You will report to the EVP Legal & Corporate Secretary.

Your profile

  • You obtained a Master in Law;
  • You have at least 5 years of experience as a business lawyer in a reputed law firm and/or as an in-house lawyer in a mid-sized or large corporation;
  • You have an excellent knowledge of English. A good knowledge of Dutch and/or French is a plus;
  • You have a resilient mindset, who derives energy from learning and exposure;
  • You have a good commercial awareness and a result-oriented (“can do”) attitude;
  • You are business-oriented and you are able to make sound judgment calls under pressure;
  • You have clear and effective communication skills;
  • You are a true team player;
  • You are able to manage complex projects and legal risks;
  • You have experience in the development and implementation of legal management initiatives, driving process improvements, resource efficiencies and change management in provision of legal services; 
  • You are willing to effect business travel.

Offer

  • You will have the opportunity to work for a stocklisted company with headquarters in Belgium;
  • You will be part of an exciting, growing and worldwide business and a dynamic and ambitious legal team;
  • You will be given every opportunity to learn, to further develop your talents and to shape your role in a challenging environment;
  • On top of that, Ontex offers you an attractive remuneration package with flexible working hours and flexibility regarding home office.

Apply immediately with the Apply Button or contact Fien Stepman for more information or call +32 486 92 94 38.

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