Legal Counsel Commercial / Employment Law - Mechelen

Region: Antwerpen
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial, Employment & Social Security
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2799/21

Master in Law with 5 to 9 years of relevant experience in commercial and employment law. An excellent command of English is required.

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Our Client is a global - privately owned - food and agricultural company, headquarters based in the US.  The company has 160,000 employees in 70 countries.

In order to strengthen its Legal Department based in Belgium (Mechelen) our client is currently looking for a Commercial / Employment Legal Counsel (m/f).

As Legal Counsel you will join an experienced legal team and report to the Lead Lawyer Belgium.  

You will handle legal affairs, provide legal advice and make recommendations to management regarding both day to day and complex legal matters in the areas of commercial, corporate and employment law.

You will interact with people at all levels of the organization as well as with other members of the legal team and external contacts.

You will provide practical, solution-oriented advice to enable proper monitoring, management and mitigation of legal risks.

You will independently structure, draft, review and negotiate contracts, policies and other documents related to a variety of commercial, corporate, employment, financial or operational matters.

You will be responsible for corporate housekeeping matters with respect to the Belgian legal entities.

You will monitor new (Belgian) legislation and in general identify legal risks to the business.

Key competencies and qualifications include:

  • Belgian Master in Law with a strong academic background.
  • 5 to 9 years of relevant experience gained in a recognized international law firm or company.
  • Good command of Belgian commercial (and corporate) law, as well as (Belgian) employment law is required. Experience in European competition law is an asset.
  • Excellent (written and spoken) knowledge of English, Dutch and (ideally also) French.
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • Commercial, pragmatic, proactive and business-oriented mindset.
  • Strong analytical skills, able to identify and correctly qualify legal issues and provide appropriate solutions.
  • Dynamic, Motivated, self-confident, assertive, and able to work autonomously on multiple complex projects at the same time with an ability to prioritize and demonstrate flexibility and agility.
  • 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.
  • Dedication and commitment towards providing excellent, value added advice.
  • Ability to work under deadlines, in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to travel if necessary.

A great opportunity to thrive in a professional, stimulating, team-oriented context and a complex, challenging international environment.

You will work in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world, being part of an international team of highly motivated professionals, working with your business partners in several countries worldwide. You will be offered an interesting blend of work that you can organize with a high level of autonomy and flexibility.

You will be offered a place to develop your career to the fullest; a diverse, supportive environment where you will grow personally and professionally encouraging you to work autonomously and to take up responsibilities.

Our client offers 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/2799/21).

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 56
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 38 73 51
Ref: VL/LAW/2799/21

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