Legal Counsel Benelux - Zwijndrecht

Region: Antwerpen
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Administrative law and public procurement, Commercial, Real estate
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/3188/22-LexGO

Master in Law with minimum 7 years of experience in public procurement law, (international) contract law and construction law. You are fluent in Dutch and English.

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DEME Group, headquartered in Zwijndrecht, is market leader in dredging, environmental and marine engineering business solutions, such as: port construction and improving maritime access worldwide. DEME has been creating land for 150 years and will continue to do so in the future. 

In an operational environment with an involvement in complex contract structures, with high expectations from clients and with increasing regulatory restrictions from authorities, DEME today is able to offer its worldwide clientele a total solution, bringing together state-of-the-art expertise and top partners to focus on economically viable long-term projects in the ports and maritime, offshore wind, green hydrogen and infrastructure sector that benefit concession owners, users and private-sector partners, through a variety of innovative international contract forms (turn-key, Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC), Design-Build-Finance-Maintain (DBFM), Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), etc.), in which contractual, financing and project insurance techniques go hand in hand. 

To strengthen its legal department, DEME is looking for a Legal Counsel.

You will be part of the legal department, situated at DEME’s headquarters, with an extensive team of in-house legal counsels, each of them covering and responsible for one or more geographical areas in the world, DEME business units and particular professional domains.

Your function will mainly focus on public procurement law, contract law, construction law, at Benelux level in relation to the complex contract structures, as detailed above. In close cooperation with the other DEME departments, you will assist the Benelux projects before contract award, during contract execution and as from contract completion.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Analyzing (public and private) tender documents and identifying all and any possible legal aspects (contractual and extra-contractual exposures, liabilities,…) and providing hands-on advice as to these issues. 
  • Negotiating and drafting all sorts of commercial contracts (construction contracts, engineering contracts, shipbuilding and ship repair contracts, joint venture contracts, shareholders’ and share purchase agreements, etc.) and being responsible for the management of the legal side of those contracts.
  • Providing practical legal advice on a large scope of legal questions related to all DEME’s activities.
  • Following up Benelux litigation in which DEME is involved.

You will report directly to the Head of Legal.

  • You hold a Master in Law.
  • You have minimum 7 years of experience in aforementioned areas, preferably as a lawyer or in-house counsel in an international environment. 
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English. Other languages are an asset.
  • You are able to manage projects autonomously. 
  • You show a talent for negotiating complex contracts and transactions. 
  • You have strong communication and relational skills. 
  • You show creativity with regards to elaborating and providing solutions;
  • You have an open, unprejudiced, and international view. 
  • You show curiosity and intellectual mobility, you are eager to learn and have an open mindset;
  • You are known for your availability, as well as responsiveness, tenacity, and willingness to succeed;
  • You are well organized and stress resistant, capable of handling multiple projects;
  • You are assertive, self-confident and a true team player.
  • You are prepared to travel for a limited period of time and at short notice.

The position offers an interesting blend of internationally oriented work in combination with a hands-on approach, which requires a willingness to get involved in the businesses. You will closely work together with the professionals of the concerned divisions in a stimulating, innovative workplace with numerous growth opportunities. You will be offered challenging work that you can organize with a high level of autonomy and you can count on a motivating and attractive remuneration package in accordance with your seniority and experience.


Contact Karolien Eeckhoudt via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/3188/22-LexGO).

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 56
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 38 73 51
Ref: VL/LAW/3188/22-LexGO

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