Senior Legal Counsel - Brussel (Evere)
26/02/2020

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House, Compliance
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Commercial, IP/IT/Media
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: VL/LAW/2515/20

Senior Legal Counsel with up to 5 years of experience in an international law firm or as an in-house counsel in an international environment.  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 now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people.  As a company, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) focuses on sustainability and future generations and strongly promotes diversity, inclusion and gender equality.  Based in Brussels and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, TME handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.

For Toyota, Quality is a way of life.  Nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that is why Toyota strives for continuous improvement in everything they do.  This basic principle for them is called: “KAIZEN” and is what guides them in their pursuit of best Quality and the delivery of unparalleled customer’s satisfaction.

TME is looking for 3 Senior Legal Counsels to support 3 divisions within TME: (i) Purchasing & Value Chain; (ii) Quality & Logistics; and (iii) R&D, Sales & Marketing.

The Senior Legal counsels will be part of the Legal and Compliance Team of TME.  The Legal and Compliance Team is a dynamic and internationally diverse team which works closely with the business.  It provides high quality advice to the management and the various 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 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.

For the division Purchasing & Value Chain, TME is looking for a Senior Legal Counsel to provide legal support in the fields of competition law, environmental law and contracts.  Purchasing is the division responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of raw materials, parts and components for manufacturing of Toyota vehicles for the entire region.  Value Chain takes care of the management of products and services in the after sales market, which is a strategic part of the group’s profitability.  The Senior Legal Counsel will be working closely together with the business to set up the sourcing and purchasing for new models, as well as for projects related to new technologies.  He/she will be part of the negotiations team and interact with suppliers, authorities and other third parties.  The legal work touches upon a very broad range of issues and apart from negotiations and contract work, he/she will give regular trainings, manage litigation and monitor compliance.  He/she will collaborate with other legal colleagues and with the supported businesses across Europe.

For the division Quality & Logistics, TME is looking for a Senior Legal Counsel to provide legal support in the fields of product liability, general product safety, vehicle and parts logistics and contracts.  The Senior Legal Counsel has a broad legal interest and is ready to develop his/her knowledge beyond these areas.  He/she will independently handle legal issues, draft contracts and provide legal advice in a proactive manner.  The legal work touches upon a broad range of issues and apart from negotiations and contract work, the Senior Legal Counsel will give regular trainings, manage litigation and monitor compliance.  He/she will collaborate with other legal colleagues and with the supported businesses across Europe.

For the division R&D, Sales & Marketing, TME is looking for a Senior Legal Counsel to provide legal support to the R&D and Sales & Marketing divisions and to advice on TME’s European brand and IP strategy.  Toyota R&D, which employs over 550 people in Zaventem, is dedicated to the development of leading-edge technology and high quality products.  The Senior Legal Counsel will independently handle complex legal projects, draft contracts and provide legal advice on a wide variety of matters.  He/she will be working closely together with the business to provide legal advice and help develop solutions that meet business needs.  Also he/she will support strategic projects.  The legal work touches upon a very broad range of issues and, apart from negotiations and contract work, he/she will also give regular trainings and monitor compliance and manage international litigation.

  • You have a Master degree in law and have up to 5 years of experience in an international law firm or as an in-house counsel in an international environment;
  • A good knowledge of IP law is required for the legal counsel function in the R&D, Sales & Marketing division;
  • You have excellent analytical, drafting and negotiating skills;
  • You are solution oriented and have good business acumen;
  • You are a team player and easily build good relationships with people across the organisation;
  • You have the ability to comfortably operate in a consensus based work environment and you have the skill to grasp multiple stakeholder views and, where required, incorporate them appropriately to achieve the best conclusion for the company and stakeholders;
  • You are comfortable working in an international environment with colleagues from various backgrounds and regions;
  • You are curious and interested in the business and operations of the company;
  • You are fluent in English (TME business language), Dutch and/or French.  Any other European language is an asset.
  • You have Toyota DNA, this means you:
    • enjoy working in a team in a very multicultural environment, respecting others;
    • seek facts before making recommendations or decisions;
    • wish to develop and are ready to persevere to reach challenging targets;
    • have strong project management, planning and organization skills;
    • continuously look for improvement opportunities;
    • have excellent communication skills.

Toyota offers a dynamic and challenging multicultural work environment, being part of a motivated team 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.  Toyota provides challenging careers and flexibility allowing professionals with varied levels of experience and diverse personal or family backgrounds to develop their talents and accommodate their work-life balance.  At Toyota your effort, dedication and initiative are rewarded by a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package (bonus scheme / extra-legal benefits (group insurance including a pension plan and risk benefits) / flexible working hours).

Interested?

Contact Annick Hellemans via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2515/20).

E-mail: career@vialegis.be
Mobile: +32 476 42 11 31
Ref: VL/LAW/2515/20
URL: http://www.vialegis.be

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