Vacature | Senior Legal Counsel | Brussel

Referentienummer: VL/BE/LAW/2815/21

Master in Law with minimum 6 years of experience in competition law, gained as inhouse legal counsel, a trade federation or in private practice. Full professional proficiency in English (written and oral).

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Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded in 1972, is the voice of large, medium and small chemical companies across Europe, which provide 1.2 million jobs and account for about 17% of world chemicals production.

Cefic strives to be the best respected and most trusted business association in Europe. Based in Brussels, it is a committed partner to the European Union, interacting on behalf of its members with European institutions, non-governmental

organisations, the media, and other stakeholders. As an active member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Cefic seeks to strengthen existing cooperation with global organisations such as UNEP and the OECD to improve chemicals management worldwide.

Cefic is devoted to promoting a thriving chemical industry that is broadly recognised to provide sustainable, safe and resource efficient solutions, foster prosperity, growth and investments in Europe and Provide safe and resource efficient solutions to meet the challenges for future generations.

The Association’s mission is to:

  • Serve its members by generating and aggregating scientific knowledge that fosters the purpose of the Association in critical areas,
  • Offer services and expertise to its members in regulatory, scientific, and technical matters,
  • Engage, advocate, and represent the industry in order to create the right support and policy frameworks in Europe and beyond,
  • Add value as a collective compared to individual companies’ activities.

For its Legal department, Cefic is looking for a Senior Legal Advisor.


In this role, you will be responsible for designing procedures to ensure adequate implementation and follow up of Cefic’s compliance programme and policies – and support Cefic in day-to-day compliance and legal matters.

Reporting to the Director Legal Affairs, you will act as focal point for competition law compliance, providing legal advice and support to ensure Cefic activities and projects take place in a safe environment. You will also be responsible for the legal review of contracts signed on behalf of the Association, its Sector Groups and the International Council of Chemical Associations and provide general advice to manage liabilities and protect the Association. Are you inspired by these responsibilities?

You will, within the Cefic legal team:

  • Act as focal point for competition law compliance, providing expert advice to Cefic Staff to minimise and mitigate legal risks involved in Cefic and Cefic Sector Group activities and projects
  • Manage Cefic’s competition compliance programme, organising and providing regular trainings to Cefic Staff
  • Manage Cefic’s contract procedure and proxies, ensuring appropriate legal review of contracts (Cefic, Cefic Sector Groups and ICCA)
  • Management of Cefic/Cefic Sector Groups intellectual property: trademarks portfolio, copyright and trade secrets
  • Assist with liability check of documents, review/drafting of disclaimers, website terms and conditions
  • Keep oversight of and assist with Cefic Sector Group operating rules and structures
  • Assist with data privacy and GDPR compliance, providing legal advice to Cefic Staff
  • Monitor targeted legal policy areas and report to the Legal Forum (cf. intellectual property, competition policy and the green deal)


The successful candidate will be a highly experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience, competencies, and personal qualities:

  • A master’s degree in Law, preferably with an LL.M in competition law
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience as legal advisor in a company, a trade federation or in private practice
  • An excellent team player, with ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Service and results-oriented
  • Ability to work under pressure and to prioritize whilst managing multiple tasks
  • Ability to speak in public
  • Passionate about conscientious work and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication, including the ability to translate complex legal concepts into layman language
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills and the ability to network and build relations in an international context
  • Full professional proficiency in English (written and oral); additional European languages are a definite asset


  • Working in a people oriented, international and dynamic culture at the center of EU affairs
  • Competitive salary according to experience and several benefits
  • Interviews via video conferencing during COVID-19 pandemic

Erkenning werving & selectie: VG.896/B (Vlaams Gewest) – 00078-405-20121019 (Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest) – W.RS.162 (Wallonië)



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