Solo Legal Counsel - Ghent
13/05/2021

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/2889/21-LexGO

Legal counsel with 5 to 8 years of experience in commercial and corporate law. Preferably with in-house experience in a sales environment. Very good command of English and a good command of French are required.

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United Petfood is the specialist in high quality dry dog and cat food, dog biscuits and snacks and recently wet pet food under private label. The Belgian family business, with HQ in Ghent, has 20 years of experience available for its clients’ house brand. (Check www.unitedpetfood.eu)

The company has grown steeply over the last few years, especially by taking over several factories in Europe. Since private investor Waterland bought shares in 2016, United Petfood has grown through their ‘buy and build strategy’ from EUR 120 Mln to more than EUR 500 Mln turnover today. 

The factories are completely dedicated to the production of extruded dry pet food products and biscuits. Thanks to the company’s focus on efficiency, quality and innovation, they are the best partner for their customers private label petfood category. 

United Petfood is an exclusive private label manufacturer. This ensures that the clients’ products are always their priority. The fact that they have clients in all European Countries, Russia, China, Japan and US proves that this formula works universally.

United Petfood strives for a partnership with its clients by offering a complete solution package. After developing the animal feed it also helps with packaging, storage and dispatch.

United Petfood is currently looking for a solo legal counsel to strengthen its team. 

Your main responsibilities will be: 

  • Providing legal advice to the business in a variety of legal matters in an international environment;
     
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, among others service agreements, sales and purchase agreements, general terms and conditions and intra-group agreements (loan agreements, transfer pricing agreements); 
     
  • Follow up of new legislation which can have an impact on the business; 
     
  • Management and further development of the legal database (templates, contract management…);
     
  • Assisting in corporate housekeeping activities and other legal financial obligations for all (international) entities;
     
  • Coordination and following-up of insurance matters, subsidies and tax/social incentives;
     
  • Handling and following-up litigations with external lawyers;
     
  • Raising legal awareness and ensuring that the business is fully aware of its contractual obligations and the commercial impact of their actions.
  • Master of Laws with 5 to 8 years of experience, preferably with a first experience as in-house legal counsel in a sales environment
     
  • You have experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and other legal documents
     
  • You are a strong communicator 
     
  • You have commercial awareness and good interpersonal skills
     
  • You are willing to work in an international environment
     
  • You are pragmatic and you are able to offer business-oriented solutions
     
  • You are able to translate complex legal matters in business terms and to identify potential risks.
     
  • You have an excellent command of English and a good command of French.

You will have the opportunity to work in an international, dynamic and open environment close to the business. You will be offered an attractive and competitive salary in accordance with your experience and skills.

Interested?

Contact Isabelle Kamp via email or call confidentially.
Please mention reference  (VL/LAW/2889/21-LexGO).

E-mail: [email protected]
Ref: VL/LAW/2889/21-LexGO
URL: http://www.vialegis.be

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