Legal counsel / senior contract specialist

Legal counsel / senior contract specialist
Region: Sint-Niklaas
Required experience: 7 years
Environment: Company
Ref: VL/BE/LAW/3817/24
Contract: Permanent position (Full-time)

Company description

ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications (satcom), is renowned for providing cutting-edge technology and solutions that empower its clientele to expand their businesses, distinguish their services, and optimize their satcom networks. The company's focus on innovation addresses the most pressing economic and technological challenges in the satellite industry, fostering a shared commitment to shaping the future of global connectivity. 

With a fusion of individual talent and vigor alongside the company's visionary outlook and technical expertise, ST Engineering iDirect offers unparalleled opportunities for career fulfillment.

In pursuit of supporting its EU business operations, ST Engineering iDirect is in search of a seasoned and hands-on legal counsel / senior contract specialist to be based at its Belgium office in Sint-Niklaas. This hybrid role necessitates on-site presence minimum two days per week, collaborating closely with EU regional business leaders and teams to oversee all aspects of the commercial contracts processes.

Candidate profile: master’s degree in law with 7 to 10 years of experience as a lawyer and/or in-house commercial contracts experience, preferably in the telecommunications industry. Knowledge of the satellite industry is a plus. Fluent in Dutch and English, other languages are a plus.

Description of the vacancy

  • Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of commercial contracts using corporate or customer templates including customer and reseller agreements, statements of work, evaluation and demonstration agreements, software license agreements, support contracts, professional services and consulting arrangements and confidentiality agreements.
  • Negotiate and drive transactions and a significant volume of sales/revenue agreements primarily supporting the EU region, but with potential to expand to other regions.
  • Manage a living portfolio of commercial customer contracts in relevant databases and CRM tools; in-depth knowledge and ability to efficiently utilize SalesForce preferred.
  • Form and maintain productive internal stakeholder and external customer relationships.
  • Review and analyze documents to determine compliance and contractual risks.
  • Explain and advise internal stakeholders on legal commitments.
  • Ensure legal documents comply with ST Engineering policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Assure that contracts are properly managed, updated, tracked, and stored in relevant databases and CRM tools.
  • Partner with internal customers to create regionally compliant contracts and other legal documents that minimize corporate risk.
  • Collaborate and work closely with a team of contract/legal professionals located in Herndon, Virginia (USA).
  • Advise the company on Belgian legal and regulatory matters, including corporate governance and compliance.
  • Manage and appropriately leverage relationships with regional legal counsels.
  • Act as legal representative to the Advisory Board of the Board of Directors.
  • Support the bid management team with European Funded Projects (ESA, EUSPA, EDF, European Commission, GOVSATCOM).
  • Work on other projects as assigned by the General Counsel.


  • Master’s degree in law;
  • Fluent in written and spoken Dutch and English, other languages are a plus.
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in a law firm and/or in-house commercial contracts, preferably in the telecommunications industry; knowledge of the satellite industry a plus.
  • Experience working on European Funded Projects (ESA, EUSPA, EDF, European Commission, GOVSATCOM) a plus.
  • Knowledge of diverse contract structures for sales of products, services and software, including XaaS offerings, software subscriptions and licensing contracts and support agreements.
  • Hands-on background drafting and negotiating international customer contracts; proven ability to effectively create, redline and edit documents.
  • Willingness and flexibility to establish, attend and actively participate in telephonic meetings with customers and partners in multiple international time zones.
  • Have effective verbal and communication skills in a global business environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs with a high degree of proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • A varied job where you can create value and have impact. 
  • Working in a challenging international environment and innovative sector, with possibility to travel to the US occasionally.
  • A competitive gross monthly salary, topped with fringe benefits such as a company car, insurances, meal vouchers, eco vouchers, mobile phone,…

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