Job | Legal Counsel International Contracting | Brussels

Reference number: VL/LAW/3029/21

Master in Law with at least 5 years of experience as a lawyer or as an in-house legal counsel in the field of (international) contracting law.

You are fluent in English and French.

Our client

Since first going into action in 1909, the BESIX Group has over the years grown into a multidisciplinary company with a leading position in its markets: construction, property development and concessions.  BESIX Contracting specializes in construction, infrastructure and marine works, often in contracts with a high level of complexity.  In Benelux and France, the Group’s regional affiliates BESIX Infra, Belemco, Cobelba, Jacques Delens, Vanhout, Wust and Lux TP ensure a strong presence and a local approach.  With Franki Foundations, West Construct, Socogetra, Sanotec and Van den Berg, the Group offers specialist niche solutions for the building market like deep foundations, geo-engineering, road construction, water treatment and cable and pipeline construction.

Backed by their experience in their home markets, they have built up strong positions outside Europe.  A typical example is the Middle East, where over a 50 year period they have built up an impressive portfolio.  This diversification in activities and geography pays off by reducing their risk exposure.

BESIX is looking for a motivated and dynamic Legal Counsel International Contracting to join the legal team.

Description of the vacancy

You will be part of the legal department, based in Brussels. Your function will mainly focus on:

  • Providing legal advice in a variety of contractual matters during the whole life of mostly (design and) build projects from business opportunity stage, on to tender, contract negotiation, project execution and close out;
  • During business opportunity, assisting in reviewing the necessary MoU's, pre-bid joint-venture / consortium agreements;
  • During tender stage, reviewing, amending and negotiating tender documentation as well as participating to tender contractual handover meetings with the project execution team;
  • During execution stage, supporting the business in the realization of projects by ensuring correct commercial contractual engagement of subcontractors and suppliers and managing claims;
  • Creating “legal awareness” and ensuring that the business is fully aware of its contractual obligations and the commercial impacts of their actions;
  • Handling and following-up litigations with external lawyers.

You will work together and report to the General Counsel.

Profile

  • You have a Master in Law degree.
  • You have at least 5 years of relevant experience as lawyer or as in-house legal counsel.
  • You are fluent in English and French, in writing and orally.
  • You are punctual, creative, dynamic with strong interpersonal and analytical skills.
  • You have strong negotiating skills and are capable and willing to defend the company's contractual interests and advocate them accordingly internally and externally.
  • You adopt a pragmatic business approach and understand the impact of legal issues on the broader business.
  • You like to work in a team and enjoy sharing knowledge, but you are able to work independently and take on responsibilities.
  • You are flexible and capable of working efficiently in a demanding environment.

Offer

  • A challenging position in a growing company with a leading position in its markets.
  • An open-minded working environment and dynamic team offering many opportunities for personal and career development.
  • The possibility to work autonomously and in close contact with Legal & Contract team and the business.
  • An attractive salary and benefit package in line with your experience.

Accreditation recruitment & selection: VG.896/B (Flemish Region) – 00078-405-20121019 (Brussels-Capital Region) – W.RS.162 (Walloon Region)

 

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