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Legal Counsel - Gent
06/12/2017

Region: East Flanders
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial, Corporate law
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/1924/17

Master in Law with 3 to 7 years of experience in corporate housekeeping and commercial contracts. An excellent knowledge of English and Dutch and a good knowledge of French is required.

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The Vandemoortele group is a family controlled international food group with a leading European position that manufactures and sells high-quality frozen bakery products (Bakery Products) and margarines, culinary oils & fats (MCOF). 

In 2016, Vandemoortele realized a turnover of appr. 1,4 billion euro. The Group is present in 12 European countries with own sales organizations and/or production sites throughout Europe and in the USA and serves customers in more than 70 countries worldwide.  Vandemoortele Group has around 5.200 strong workforce across Europe. 

Vandemoortele is looking for a Legal Counsel (M/F) to strengthen its Secretariat General department at the Group Headquarters in Ghent to give support with the legal aspects of Vandemoortele’s worldwide business and organization.

The Legal Counsel is a member of the Group Secretariat General which consists of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs department as well as the Corporate Housekeeping department. 

Together with your Secretariat General colleagues, you provide legal support to all business lines, group services and companies of the Vandemoortele Group in accomplishing their objectives. As a business partner, the Legal Counsel is an expert in contract, commercial and corporate law and is able both to work autonomously as in close cooperation with the other members of the department. 

Your key responsibilities are: 

  • Providing accurate legal advice and solutions based on legal risk assessment to the business in order to ensure legal compliance in a variety of legal areas (commercial law, contract law, market practices law, company law, competition law, intellectual property law, personal data protection law, ICT, construction and environmental law, etc.);

  • Cooperating in the day-to day activities of the Secretariat General department and functioning as a reliable point of contact for internal customers of different departments within the Vandemoortele group (marketing, sales, procurement, R&D, supply chain, tax, F&A, IT, engineering, etc.);

  • Screening, analyzing, drafting and reviewing of the contracts to be entered into by the companies of the Vandemoortele group (commercial contracts, letters of intent, secrecy agreements, license agreements, purchase and sales agreements, manufacturing services agreements, ICT services outsourcing agreements, etc.);

  • Assisting in corporate housekeeping activities: drafting corporate housekeeping documentation, follow-up of the social life of the companies of the Vandemoortele Group (including internal legal restructuring, etc.);

  • Supporting the business in the realization of projects (for example investment projects) by dealing with all legal aspects while at the same time understanding the business requirements and needs (legal risk assessment);

  • Supporting the business in the implementation of the general data protection regulation (GDPR);

  • Contributing to the creation of a network of external legal advisors (in specific regions and/or domains) to support the export business development;

  • Actively follow-up of changes in and new legislation which can impact the business and implement such legislation in a business pragmatic way;

  • Contributing to the standardization of the legal documentation (contracts, general terms and conditions, templates, checklists, web based workspaces, etc.) and the development of the IT software tools of the Secretariat General department;

  • Developing the “legal reflex” of the business by organizing legal training or providing legal tools (such as, legal checklists, model contracts, etc.) in order to help the business partners to work autonomously;

  • Contributing to the implementation of group policies, procedures and guidelines to reduce the legal risk for each Vandemoortele company (legal entity or organization);

  • Handling and following-up of claims, litigations and court cases;

  • Management of legal and regulatory compliance risks.

  • Master degree in law (Belgian law with specialization in commercial law, contract law, company law, competition law, fair market practices law, ICT law, European law);

  • Around 5 years of solid experience and technical knowledge in the above mentioned areas and in particular in drafting and negotiating agreements, gained as a in-house legal counsel in a multinational group (preferably in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods) or as a lawyer in a reputable internationally oriented law firm;

  • Excellent contract drafting skills;

  • Experience in dealing with complex matters and multiple stakeholders. Project management is considered a plus as is holding a degree or material experience in business administration;

  • Languages: Dutch, English (excellent “drafting” skills and spoken knowledge) and French (fluent written and spoken). Knowledge of other foreign languages can be a plus;

  • Eager to get insight into the business and/or structure;

  • Pro-active, hands-on attitude, pragmatic, initiative–taker, solution oriented;

  • High degree of professional ethics, ownership, discipline, integrity, quality and precision;

  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude, stress-resistant and willing to go the extra mile;

  • Strong communication skills, team player, facilitator

  • Team player able to work across-functions and across regions;

  • Able to work effectively with people at all levels and eager to learn from and work with your colleagues;

  • Flexible to travel when required.

You are offered an exciting position in a dynamic and pleasant atmosphere in the Belgian based headquarters of an international oriented food group with focus on growth. 

You will work autonomously as well as together with the Secretariat General team and always in close contact with the business. 

You will join an open and people oriented company. 

Vandemoortele offers a motivating salary, plus attractive fringe benefits.

Interested?

Contact Karolien Eeckhoudt via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/1924/17).

E-mail: career@vialegis.be
Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 56
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 38 73 51
Ref: VL/LAW/1924/17
URL: http://www.vialegis.be

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