Legal Counsel – Labor & Commercial Law

posted on: 17/11/2020 -

The Job

We are looking for a legal counsel to join the Legal team in the Antwerp headquarters and who will also assist the HR team in (Belgian) labor law matters. In this role, you will support the further growth of the global trading activities of Manuchar and you will help managing the legal and regulatory risks in Belgium and in the many countries where Manuchar is active.

Your key responsibilities:

As part of the Legal team:

  • Providing functional legal support and advice in the different areas of an international business context (contracts, business projects, investments, transport and logistics, real estate, …) and with respect to specific regulations (such as competition law and trade sanctions).
  • Contract drafting and negotiation of mainly corporate and commercial contracts.
  • Managing litigation and, in co-operation with commercial colleagues, determining the strategy in (potential) litigation cases.
  • Managing a network of local counsel in relation to all of the above.
  • Developing and maintaining strong business partner relationships with the commercial teams in Antwerp and abroad as well as with the financial department and other supporting units.
  • Drafting policies on the most relevant compliance topics and organizing internal trainings on legal and compliance topics.

Assistance to the HR team:

  • Providing legal support and advice in (Belgian) labor law matters;
  • Advising and assisting in the development and implementation of the HR strategy, including optimization of the employment conditions and set up and finetuning of HR policies.

You will be a member of the legal and compliance team which consists of about 4 members. You will also interact on a daily basis with the HR team which consists of 4 members. You will handle your affairs independently and will report to the Head of HR, Legal & Compliance.

Your Profile

  • You have obtained a Master Degree in Law from a first rate Belgian law school.
  • You have at least 3 years’ experience as an in-house lawyer and/or as a lawyer in an international law firm with expertise in labor law matters and are interested to broaden your area of expertise into commercial/corporate law.
  • You are fluent in Dutch and English. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is definitely a plus.
  • You are well experienced in writing contracts in an international context.
  • You are business-oriented, solution-minded, you have an eye for details and have good analytical skills.
  • You like working autonomously and yet also show team spirit and are able to build a relationship of trust.
  • You are open minded and feel comfortable in a fast moving, multicultural and flat organization.

A multinational of Belgian origin

Manuchar is a global trading, logistics and distribution company, with more than 25 years of experience and headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium.

We operate with our own people (+ 2000 FTE) and through our own local infrastructure in over 40 countries, mainly in emerging markets.

Our trading activities cover Chemicals, Steel, Polymers, Pharmaceuticals, Wood, Spare Parts, Paper and Cement. Our distribution and also local value added logistics are mainly focused on Commodity and Specialty Chemicals.

Ingredients of our success? We know the products, markets, global & local logistical solutions and have the necessary financing capabilities.

But most of all … We have the people that make it work!

Manuchar offers

  • a job full of variety with long-term perspectives in an international environment
  • cooperation with motivated & skilled colleagues in an open company culture
  • an attractive remuneration package including fringe benefits
  • a nice workspace where you can fully develop your talents


If you want to take up the challenge and join an international fast growing team of dynamic colleagues, please send your application letter and detailed CV here via our online recruitment tool CVWarehouse. 

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