Senior Legal Counsel Benelux

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Date: Jun 30, 2022

Location: Amsterdam, NL

Company: AkzoNobel

We’ve been pioneering a world of possibilities to bring surfaces to life for well over 200 years. As experts in making coatings, there’s a good chance you’re only ever a few meters away from one of our products. Our world class portfolio of brands – including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon – is trusted by customers around the globe. We’re active in more than 150 countries and have set our sights on becoming the global industry leader. It’s what you’d expect from the most sustainable paints company, which has been inventing the future for more than two centuries.

Purpose of the Job

The Senior Legal Counsel Benelux is a trusted advisor who proactively and independently addresses risks and opportunities, providing strategic advice, legal and compliance insights and end-to-end legal support to AkzoNobel’s business in the Benelux (the “Business”).  S/he is responsible for the provision of analysis and strategic and timely advice tailored to the Business’ needs.  S/he ensures the input and involvement of the right experts, regional resources, and other resources to achieve this. 
The Senior Legal Counsel Benelux plays an essential role to safeguard the strategic objectives of the Business and to ensure a limited legal risk exposure by providing responsive service; involvement in issues with a significant financial impact for the business and AkzoNobel, delivering technical know-how in a way that has a transformative impact on the Business; providing commercially astute advice; and contributing to developing the strategic direction of the Business within the relative legal frameworks.  

Key Responsibilities


•    Manage and provide legal advice on an independent basis to Business”, including their management teams and local functions. More specifically:

o    draft, review and negotiate major international agreements (including sales, distribution and supply agreements).
o    provide or coordinate legal advice or on Commercial Law, Competition Law, Contract Law, Regional M&A plus Administrative Law, as required.

•    Develop and ensure implementation of legal strategic plan, policies and best practices for the Benelux region, to help ensure the realization of the Business’ strategic objectives
•    Monitor legal developments in the Benelux market and communicate and act on relevant issues and developments; deliver education and training to Business and fellow legal colleagues
•    Lead efforts to defragment and standardize legal and compliance matters in the Benelux region, including through regular and meaningful interaction with specialists and other functional leads
•    Provide input and be involved in strategic projects of Benelux region initiatives, and any others outside of the Benelux which are subject to Dutch law.
•    Manage outside counsel for Benelux

What do you bring ?

Dutch law trained lawyer, with 6-10 years’ experience at an international law firm or a multi-national corporation. Dutch speaking

•    Extensive experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements and legal documents.
•    Substantive knowledge in a broad range of legal disciplines, including advanced dispute resolution experience,

highly advanced command of competition law principles basic knowledge of Intellectual Property principles, competence in M&A, product liability, and compliance matters.                                                                                         

•    Top level analytical, counselling, communication and interpersonal skills with sound legal, ethical and commercial judgment.                               
•    Proven highly effective negotiator and facilitator.                                                             
•    Proven experience interacting with and leading professionals.                                           
•    Excellent English language skills, spoken and written.                                          
•    Ability to organize and provide hands-on legal service and the provision of an effective legal service through the management of others (internal and external counsel).                                                              
•    Ability to work under pressure and with multi-jurisdictional teams 

What do we offer ?

AkzoNobel is consistently rated as one of the top employers in The Netherlands. You will join a company that is committed to achieving real sustainability. At a personal level you will also benefit from:

a competitive salary with an above average number of annual holidays; participation in the AkzoNobel pension plan; travel expenses to and from work opportunities for education that will help you to grow beyond this role laptop and mobile telephone flexible working environment

More information and how to apply

More information and how to apply We welcome your online application via Only online applications including resume and cover letter will be considered. If applicable, it is essential that you have a visa that allows you to work in the Netherlands. If you have any questions, please contact Dwight Sinester Talent Acquisition Partner, +31 880 030 731, option 2.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age or disability.

Requisition ID: 21582