Legal Counsel Global Functions - Zwevegem/Brussels

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2795/21

Legal Counsel with around 10 years of relevant working experience in international business law and legal support to Procurement, gained ideally as an in-house counsel in an international legal department.Excellent knowledge of English is required, knowledge of any other language is a plus.

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Our client, Bekaert ( is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. They pursue to be the preferred supplier for their steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with 28 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 5 billion in combined revenue.

As Legal Counsel Global Functions, based in the headquarters of the Bekaert Group in Belgium, you will be part of a team of in-house Legal Counsels who deliver legal support to our Businesses & Functions worldwide.

Your initial scope of work will mainly consist of dedicated legal business partner for the Global Functions, with a specific focus on Procurement/Sourcing (sourcing goods and services from different types of suppliers and in different areas).

You will also be responsible to provide strategic and operational legal support for and handle legal implications related to other Global Functions such as Strategy, Technology & Innovation, Sustainability (ESG) and IT/Digital.

You will also be responsible to draft and negotiate commercial contracts between the Bekaert Group Companies and its business partners in one or more segments, providing general business legal advice and monitoring disputes and litigations in relation to the above.

You will work closely together with colleagues from other functional areas and with managers from various functional or business units to develop appropriate solutions for all issues brought to your attention.

Whenever necessary or appropriate, you will be responsible for engaging, instructing and managing external lawyers.

You will handle complex matters independently, coached by your colleagues from the Group Legal department, enabling your integration within the organization.

Your working area will be both national and international, involving occasional business trips abroad.

You obtained a Master degree in Law. 

You have around 10 years of relevant working experience as a lawyer in a well-respected law firm and/or as an in-house counsel in an international legal department. 

You master English fluently; knowledge of any other language is a plus.

You have excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing.

You are a real team player.

You have a pronounced international interest and you value cultural diversity.

You are willing to travel abroad occasionally.

You grow, we grow… better together.

Bekaert offers continuous development opportunities as well in the job as in the global organization.

The position offers a unique blend of internationally oriented work with a hands-on approach, requiring you to show a readiness to "step into the business" and help realize the business objectives of your team.

Bekaert offers a motivating and competitive remuneration package, in accordance with your experience and competences.

You will be based in the headquarters of the Bekaert group in Zwevegem but you will have the possibility to work two days a week from home and also to work one or two days a week in Bekaert’s Brussel office.


Contact Karolien Eeckhoudt via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2795/21).

E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 56
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 38 73 51
Ref: VL/LAW/2795/21

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