Legal Counsel - R&D, Sales & Marketing, Brand Protection

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial, Intellectual Property
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/1839/17

European Qualified Master in Law with approximately 5 years of experience in commercial contracts and IP. Fluent in English.

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TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937, Toyota employs over 300.000 people worldwide and sells its vehicles in over 170 countries. 

Toyota’s European headquarters, Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME), are based in Brussels (Belgium). With a team of over 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, TME manages Toyota’s European R & D, manufacturing and engineering operations and handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories. 

The European Legal and Compliance Team of TME is a dynamic and internationally diverse team which works closely with the business to provide high quality advice to the management and business divisions of TME, as well as to its manufacturing and marketing affiliates in Europe.  The Team advises on a broad range of matters, including product liability, corporate law, IP and IT law, brand protection, competition law, contract law, environmental law and regulatory matters. The team consists of 10 members. 

To strengthen this Team, TME is currently looking for a Legal Counsel who will provide support to the R & D center, the Sales and Marketing division and the Brand Protection Program.

The car industry is an exciting environment and is undergoing major changes related to a.o. connected cars, autonomous driving, fuel cells, electric and hybrid vehicles or mobility as a service. This requires first class legal support and offers attractive opportunities for dynamic lawyers. 

As a Legal Counsel you will provide support to TME’s Research & Development Center, Toyota’s state-of-the-art research center for Europe based in Zaventem. You will also support the Sales and Marketing Division and Toyota’s European brand protection programme and IP strategy.   

Your main responsibilities will include: 

  • supporting strategic business and R&D projects;

  • reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts, such as partnership or co-development agreements, trademark and patent licenses, service agreements and distribution agreements;

  • providing legal advice and developing solutions in close cooperation with the business;

  • counseling regarding IP strategy;managing international litigations;

  • providing trainings. 

You will closely collaborate with colleagues from the supported businesses across Europe. 

You will report to the Manager of the Legal and Compliance Division.

  • You have a European Master degree in law;

  • You have approximately 5 years of relevant experience gained in an international law firm or in-house within an international operating company;

  • You have good knowledge of IP law;

  • You have excellent analytical, drafting and negotiation skills;

  • Knowledge of competition law is an asset;

  • You are proactive and stress resistant;

  • You are solution oriented and you are able to translate complex legal matters in business terms;

  • Precise in issue and problem analysis; able to visualize in order to breakdown complexity;

  • High level of integrity and able to handle confidential issues and data with discretion

  • You have affinity with development of new technology;

  • Previous experience working in the automotive / manufacturing sector is helpful but not required;

  • You have good business acumen as well as strong interpersonal communication skills and feel at ease in an international environment;

  • You being able to present and communicate on all levels, including to top management;

  • You have the ability to comfortably operate in consensus based work environment and have the skill to grasp multiple stakeholder views.

  • You are fluent in English (TME business language); any other European languages are an asset. 

You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:  

  • enjoy working in a team in a very multicultural environment, respecting others;

  • wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets;

  • seek facts before making recommendations or decisions;

  • have strong planning and organizing skills;

  • have excellent communication skills.

Our client offers a dynamic and challenging multicultural work environment in which competence and quality play an important role. Enhancing personal growth and a real opportunity to invest in your future through on the job development and training. 

Your effort, dedication and initiatives are rewarded by a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package (bonus scheme / extra-legal benefits / flexible working hours).


Contact Marie Brepoels via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/1839/17).

Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 51
Mobile: +32 (0)498 72 28 58
Ref: VL/LAW/1839/17

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