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Lead Legal Counsel

  • Posted: 10 Sep 2021
  • Cycles & Procurement
  • Hoofddorp
  • Netherlands

About the job

Your role as Lead Legal Counsel
As our Lead Legal Counsel, you act as an integrated business partner and are responsible for the legal aspects of all procurement transactional projects managed by Indirects procurement categories. You are in charge of the whole contracting process within that scope and will manage the legal C&P Indirects Supply team. Your team will provide advanced legal (plus compliance and security) analysis by assessing the relevant risks/opportunities, and implementing innovative and sustainable legal solutions. You will report to the General Counsel C&P.  You will work together with C&P Indirect teams and our regionally based lawyers worldwide who are also focusing on the sourcing of indirect goods and services. In this role, you will:


  • Ensure the delivery of our operational  C&P targets, manage the delivery plan and control task execution;
  • Design the C&P indirects supply process and the Way of Working, align with stakeholders and implement this process and new solutions;
  • Monitor the workload of the team and projects, come up with creative solutions how to manage the workload in a more efficient way;
  • Negotiate, draft and handle multiple aspects of procurement relationships: supplier selection/validation, RFQ/RFP,  tender,  contract negotiations and monitoring, claims management/ dispute resolution;
  • Manage the legal, compliance and security (“GC”) aspects of (highly) complex projects and initiatives touching procurement relationships;
  • Monitor compliance with laws regulating commercial, marketing and promotional activities, as well as procurement and sales activities;
  • Advise in relation to compliance matters, risk prevention and security risks;
  • Accountable for projects & processes like procurement transactional process (contract policy, S2P), procurement categories’ projects and contribution to transversal projects (Dango, Uplift, etc.);
  • Manage and coach your legal team (senior lawyer and lawyer indirects supply);
  • Select and supervise external counsels and supervise the contract management process;
  • Monitor and implement Group Policies.

About you


About you
To be successful in this challenging environment you are a seasoned business partner with the ability to challenge, but at the same time provide solutions and ideas. You are open minded and have a well-developed business sense. You are ambitious to deliver the best quality in a timely manner and have strong communication and networking skills. As a relationship builder, you are able to influence stakeholders while building  lasting relationships with key stakeholders. Creative and persuasive are key words that describe your personality. Furthermore you have:


  • a university law degree and/or bar association;
  • over 10 years of experience as a (Lead) Legal Counsel and/or Lawyer;
  • strong legal background in business law, commercial contracts (procurement/supplier contracts) in preferably an FMCG environment;  
  • preferably managerial experience and strong stakeholder management and interpersonal skills;
  • excellent (fluent) communication skills in English, both written and verbal. French language knowledge is also an advantage).

About us

About us
Do things your way. The way you work, the way you develop, the way you progress, it’s all up to you. 

Working here you’ll need to enjoy a fast-pace, complexity and it can get a little challenging. But it’s packed with opportunities. You’ll work with some of the best-known brands in the world, such as Evian, Nutricia, Activia and Nutrilon and we absolutely guarantee that you can just be yourself.  

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We Offer
At Danone, we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products.


What’s next?
Interested? We invite you to apply online. To comply with GDPR regulations, we cannot process your personal data without given consent. Therefore, please apply directly via our career portal.



Danone Benelux is an equal employment and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to any unlawful criterion. Ensuring an inclusive working culture that is accessible to all is important to us.





Application procedure

  • Resume and Cover letter

  • (Video) call

  • Interview #1

  • Interview #2

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