Legal Counsel - Zwevegem

Region: West Flanders
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Civil Law, Commercial
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2455/19

Master in Law with 4 to 6 years of experience in international business law. An excellent knowledge of English is required.

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Bekaert is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Bekaert pursues to be the preferred supplier for steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with almost 30 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 4,4 billion in annual revenue.

You might know Bekaert for example as a supplier of steel cord products for tire reinforcement - 30% of all tires in the world are reinforced with Bekaert products. Or maybe you know Bekaert’s Dramix® steel fibers, used to reinforce over five million cubic meters of concrete every year.

But Bekaert also offers a very wide range of advanced steel wire products for other applications and to many sectors. You can find Bekaert products in cars and trucks, in elevators and mines, in tunnels and bridges, at home and in the office, in machines and offshore. If it drives, ascends, hoists, filters, reinforces or fastens, there is a good chance Bekaert is inside.

Within the Group Legal Department, based in the headquarters in Zwevegem, Bekaert is currently looking for a Legal Counsel (m/f).

As a Legal Counsel, 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 the business worldwide.

  • You will be responsible to draft and negotiate contracts between Bekaert Group Companies and our business partners, providing general business legal advice and monitoring disputes and litigations. Whenever necessary or appropriate, you will be responsible for engaging, instructing and managing external lawyers.
  • You will work closely together with colleagues from other functional areas and with managers from various business units or from the ERMEA region to develop appropriate solutions for all issues brought to your attention.
  • Your initial scope of work will mainly consist of supporting European business and commercial teams of a ropes and advanced cords business with commercial contracts (such as supply agreements, terms & conditions, distribution agreements, framework agreements, etc.) in a business-to-business environment.
  • You will be actively coached by your colleagues from the Group Legal department to progressively enable you to handle complex matters.
  • Your working area will be both national and international, involving occasional business trips abroad.
  • You obtained a Master degree in Law in a civil law jurisdiction. An LLM in a common law jurisdiction (preferably the UK) is a plus.
  • You have 4 to 6 years of relevant experience in the field of commercial law gained either as a lawyer in a well-respected law firm or as an in-house counsel in an international legal department.
  • You master English at a native speaker level; 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 one or two days a week in Bekaert’s Brussel office.


Contact Karolien Eeckhoudt via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2455/19).

Phone: +32 (0) 2 290 23 56
Mobile: +32 (0) 485 38 73 51
Ref: VL/LAW/2455/19

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