Senior Legal Counsel Corporate

Region: Flemish Brabant
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Corporate law
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: LexGO30/03-I

Ideal Standard International NV (the Company) is seeking to reinforce the Group’s central legal department with a senior legal counsel that will be mainly in support of the Group’s corporate and financial matters.

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Ideal Standard is a leading manufacturer of bathroom products in Europe and MENA, providing a broad range of branded products for residential and non-residential end-markets in more than 20 countries.

We manufacture products for all of the major product categories in the bathroom products market with an annual turnover of around 725 Mio and we believe our comprehensive offering differentiates us from our competitors.

We enjoy leading market positions in many of the largest bathroom products markets in Europe and MENA. We sell our products under a series of well-known international and national brands including Ideal Standard, JADO, Porcher, Armitage Shanks, Ceramica Dolomite and Vidima. As of 31 December 2019, we operated 14 manufacturing plants across Europe and in Egypt, and we employ almost 8,700 people across our business.

The Group seeks to establish a robust and efficient senior function that will provide sound legal support, advice, guidance and safeguards across the business as a true value-add for the Group’s central and local management and finance teams.

For that purpose, the Company wants to hire a Senior Legal Counsel who will report to the General Counsel and will lead and manage the Group’s corporate and financial legal matters as first and foremost priority.

The role will be based in our HQ Zaventem and will require occasional travel to core European markets.


Mission and responsibilities

The candidate will take up a broad and diverse role supporting the businesses’ day-to-day legal needs, mainly in the area of corporate and financial law. In addition, the candidate will co-support the Group’s commercial interests and activities, alongside the Senior Legal Counsel Commercial.

  • Work in close cooperation with central and local finance teams on financial and non-financial matters including funding, shareholder and intercompany arrangements, etc.

  • Provide corporate law advice, assist in corporate housekeeping (minutes, publications) and ensure corporate compliance (Board compliance, filing of annual accounts, capital maintenance, etc.) for Ideal Standard International N.V. and all of its affiliates

  • Dedicated all-round solo legal counsel to the Middle-East and Northern Africa Joint Venture (MENA), covering corporate & financial matters for MENA entities, compliance related matters, commercial/IP/distribution contracts within the MENA-region, as well as intra-group related arrangements between MENA and the Ideal Standard Group

  • Execute on complex corporate transactions together with outside counsel and shareholder representatives

  • Being in charge of legal due diligence and other corporate work as part of M&A transactions

  • Assist in internal, external and tax audit processes

  • Provide contract support (from initial negotiation to contract execution) on a wide range of commercial contracts (for both the European and Middle-East business)

  • Contribute to managing the commercial litigation across the Group

  • Establish relations with, manage and control the Group’s outside counsels in the corporate law area, their scope of work, fees and performance

  • Deliver comprehensive and qualitative advice and reports to and entertain effective legal discussions with the CFO, CEO, other members of the Executive Committee and occasionally shareholder representatives

  • Follow up on changes in laws and regulations, assess their impact on the Group and recommend frameworks to comply

  • Contribute to internal procedures and contract management.

Essential competencies

  • Self-starter, ownership and natural leadership & drive to get things done

  • Independent, pragmatic and results-oriented attitude

  • Thinking big picture, yet understanding details

  • Comfortable to work in a dynamic and at times ambiguous environment

  • Open, constructive, flexible, hard worker with good personal balance

  • Team player


Skills and experiences

The candidate:

  • has a Master’s degree in Law, potentially with an additional degree or specialization in a relevant field

  • has a minimum of 10 years professional experience, of which at least 5 years as in-house counsel in a multinational company – experience as outside counsel in a reputable international business law firm prior to becoming an in-house counsel is considered a plus

  • has a plus if acquainted with corporate tax matters

  • can handle any type of corporate legal matter and demonstrates tangible experience in advising on corporate law and the most common types of business law

  • is a gatekeeper protecting the company while striving for the best commercial result for the company

  • has as plus if familiar with an industrial and/or third party manufacturing environment

  • has impeccable English language skills. Dutch, French, German and/or Italian (spoken and written) are a plus

  • has strong project management skills with natural drive to challenge and able to initiate change

  • has the ability to manage and prioritise workload to ensure appropriate controls while driving forward strategic initiatives

  • has good interpersonal and communication skills


Please apply by sending your CV (in English) at [email protected] indicating 'Senior Legal Counsel Corporate - LexGO30-03-I' in the subject line.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks of application. All inquiries and applications will be treated with the utmost discretion.

Note to recruitment agencies: We do NOT accept unsolicited headhunter or agency resumes/CVS/profiles. Headhunters and recruitment agencies may NOT submit resumes/CVs/profiles through LinkedIn (or any other online platform) or directly to HR, managers and staff members. Ideal Standard is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs or applications and explicitly reserve its right to contact candidates presented in such unsolicited CV or application.

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