Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel
Required experience: 6 years
Environment: Company
Ref: VL/BE/LAW/3874/24
Contract: Permanent position (Full-time)

Company description

Cargill is a family company committed to providing food, ingredients, agricultural solutions, and industrial products to nourish the world in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way. They sit at the heart of the supply chain, partnering with producers and customers to source, make and deliver products that are vital for living.  

They provide customers with life’s essentials to enable businesses to grow, communities to prosper and consumers to live well in their daily lives.  With sustainability embedded in their purpose, it’s part of everything they do. 

Cargill is looking for a Legal Counsel with a strong commercial law background.

Description of the vacancy

As in-house lawyer you will be part of a team based in Mechelen, Belgium, reporting to the Country Lead Lawyer for Belgium. 

You will independently handle legal affairs mainly in the areas of commercial and corporate law with minimal oversight from other lawyers. You will act as a strong contributor to the team and business stakeholders, will manage a large scope and volume of projects and work, closely aligned with the law group’s objectives and business objectives. 

You will engage with global law team members and select leaders across the business while building strong external networks. You will apply expert business, organizational and industry knowledge to support the law team and business.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Handling both day to day and complex legal work in the areas of mainly commercial and corporate law. 
  • Monitoring new legislation, its potential impact to the organization and helping to identify legal risks to the business.
  • Independently structuring, drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts, policies and other documents related to a variety of commercial, corporate, financial or operational matters.
  • Supporting Belgian litigation and managing matters in a time and cost-efficient way.
  • Coordinating the corporate housekeeping matters with respect to the Belgian legal entities. 
  • Independently driving desired legal outcomes on matters with support from the team while bringing positive impact for both the law team and the business.
  • Supporting the success of the law team and business, counseling across a broad range of legal and business issues, proactively addressing legal risk and legal needs with the team and developing deep understanding of the business, its risk tolerance and goals.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with external network to ensure awareness of industry and external developments and developing and deepening relevant subject matter expertise knowledge.
  • Contributing to an inclusive and collaborative work environment where diversity and equity are valued.
  • Providing expert thought leadership in your field and work with limited direction, using additional research and interpretation to identify issues or problems.


  • Qualified Belgian lawyer with a Belgian Master´s degree in Law. 
  • A good legal command of Belgian commercial and corporate law is required. 
  • Six to ten years of relevant work experience ideally gained in an international law practice and/or renowned multinational, including experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating various contracts or agreements, conducting legal review of complex issues and using legal analysis to provide solutions.
  • Excellent (written and spoken) knowledge of English, as well as Dutch with good communication and listening skills. French language skills are a plus.
  • Commercial, pragmatic; proactive and business-oriented mindset. Experience managing stakeholder priorities and needs in a client facing capacity. 
  • Dynamic, self-confident, and able to work on multiple projects at the same time with an ability to prioritize and demonstrate flexibility and agility in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience in leading robust projects to successful completion on time and within budget.
  • Eager to learn and entrepreneurial with an internationally oriented and open-minded spirit that values diversity. Ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Willingness to limited travel if necessary.  


Cargill provides a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. They also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

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