Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel
Region: Gent
Required experience: 5 years
Environment: Academic
Contract: Permanent position (Full-time)

Company description

Vlerick Business School is a triple-accredited, top-ranked international business school at the heart of Europe – with a solid scientific foundation that provides the backbone for knowledge with lasting impact. 

We strive to make coming to Vlerick feel like a transformative experience that ignites the entrepreneurial leadership fire. In doing so, we help form positive change-makers ready to challenge the status quo and make things happen. Vlerick is a school, but we run it as a company, aligned with the high standards we foster in our different programmes. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven Legal Counsel to join our Dean’s Office team. You will provide legal guidance on a wide range of topics, including corporate governance, IP law, data protection regulation and insurance policies.

The job

  • Draft, review and negotiate contracts, policies, and procedures. Assist in handling possible disputes with clients and suppliers.
  • Be responsible for other corporate housekeeping duties including drafting meeting minutes, keeping an eye on publications in the Official Gazette and assisting with corporate audits.
  • Follow up closely on changes in the Belgian company code, make recommendations to management and support internal optimization initiatives, such as projects related to intellectual property law (IP) and its implementation within our organisation.
  • As data protection officer (DPO), monitor GDPR compliance, review data processing agreements and advise all entities on data protection measures.
  • Monitor and follow up on matters regarding the School’s insurance policies.
  • Be the internal SPOC for all legal matters and take the lead in different internal projects.
  • Meticulously handle administration and communication to different stakeholders.


  • Have a relevant master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience.
  • Are experienced in company law and have affinity with IP.
  • Have experience with the GDPR and are willing to become DPO certified in the short term.
  • Can work independently, have a can-do attitude, and take initiative.
  • Are pragmatic, solution-oriented and have strong business partnering skills.
  • Can state opposing views in a clear and independent way.
  • Pay attention to detail and find it important to deliver high-quality work.
  • Keep up with trends in the field, such as the use of AI.
  • Communicate fluently in English and Dutch.
  • Will be based on our campus in Ghent, Brussels, or Leuven in combination with your home office.


  • Autonomy and responsibility in a challenging work environment.
  • A dynamic, open, and international company culture.
  • Opportunities for professional and personal growth, including a training budget & a LinkedIn Learning account.
  • A team of enthusiastic, driven colleagues, passionate about learning.
  • Flexibility: 30+ holiday days, working from home, a flexible benefits system, etc.
  • Meal vouchers, a hospitalization insurance, a group insurance, and a mobility budget are also part of your package.
  • You’ll have a real impact and inspire people to live, learn and leap!

At Vlerick, openness to the world is part of our DNA. We are continuously working towards being a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive place to work and learn at. So, no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your dreams are, we are looking forward to receiving your application.

Take the leap and join us

If you think you meet these criteria, please apply with your resume and motivation letter on our website. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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