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Legal Team Lead

Antwerpen, BE, 2000

SD Worx is a leading European provider of Payroll & HR services with global reach. We have offices in Europe and an office in  Mauritius. Our goal? We bring people solutions to life. So companies of any size can turn Human Resources into a source of value for the business and the people in it. Our people solutions span the entire employee journey, from getting people paid to attracting, rewarding, and developing talent.

 

The Corporate Legal department of the SD Worx group (Headquarters in Belgium) is seeking a full-time in-house legal counsel (company lawyer) to manage the corporate legal services for Belgium and the Netherlands.

You will be part of a team that provides advise to the business of the SD Worx group (a worldwide Payroll and HR services provider) on a wide range of legal questions, with a focus on commercial law, contract law and IT law. You report directly to the Head Counsel. The current corporate legal team works from Belgium (HQ), Germany, Sweden and United Kingdom and consists of 11 legal counsels.

 

Which key responsibilities will you have?

 

  • Coordinate the corporate legal services for Belgium and the Netherlands.
  • Coach and inspire a team of 3 dedicated in-house legal counsels.
  • Give sound yet clear, cost-effective and highly practical legal advice in order to support SD Worx management, operations and sales, to help ensure legal compliancy.
  • Proactively share legal knowledge on all aspects of the SD Worx business.
  • Create and update legal templates and best practices in line with corporate guidelines.
  • Review and negotiate a wide range of customer agreements, supplier agreements and partnership agreements.
  • Provide legal support for the effective handling and successful resolution of disputes.
  • Ensure compliance with national and European law through monitoring, interpreting and advising on current and new relevant legislation and case law.
  • Actively contribute to the communication and implementation of the legal policies, templates, guidelines and processes and to the establishment of training material and training in this regard.
  • Actively contribute to the development and implementation of the SD Worx strategic, business and operational plans.
  • Actively manage the SD Worx’ Corporate Legal team’s objectives and coordination.
  • Actively manage the continuous improvement of the legal department.
  • Actively establish the corporate legal department of the future, including the digitalization of the legal department.
  • Organize the selection of and manage cooperation with external advisors/experts.

 

What do you need for this role?

 

  • A university degree in law obtained in Belgium.
  • 10+ years’ experience as an attorney and/or as an in-house legal counsel (preferably within an international company) with a focus on 1 or more of the following areas of law: contract, commercial, ICT.
  • Natural leader with experience in managing a small team of legal counsels or the ambition to coach and inspire a team.
  • Effective communication skills in Dutch, French and English (orally and in writing) - good knowledge of other languages is considered to be an asset.
  • Excellent organizational skills that allow you to plan and prioritize your projects.
  • First-rate analytical, negotiation and contract drafting skills.
  • Be business oriented with a passion to transform legal complexity into pragmatic advice.
  • Hands-on and can-do mentality.
  • The ability to deal with complex issues and to take responsibility for difficult decisions.
  • Combine a risk-conscious working style with a no nonsense and goal-oriented attitude.
  • The ability to find creative solutions.
  • Be a team player, yet able to work autonomously.
  • The ability to develop strong working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Enjoy working in a growing, changing, agile and complex environment.
  • Be self-confident: dare to speak up in meetings, pointing out legal risks to business, escalating risks to higher level if needed, able to push back minor topics to be able to prioritize important matters.
  • High level of integrity, professionalism, intellectual curiosity and willingness to grow.
  • Be open to occasionally travel within Europe.

 

What we offer you:

 

  • A competitive salary and benefits package.
  • The autonomy and flexibility to take ownership of your work. 
  • Excellent exposure to interesting and challenging work within an international, ever-expanding company.
  • For us, learning and innovating are like breathing, inspiring us to always go beyond.  We offer multiple trainings, projects… where you will learn from experts or in practice.
  • From the start you will be engaged in your team, where we share knowledge, talents and celebrate our differences. From many places, we work as one, moving from better to best together. We welcome you in a dynamic, fast-growing team that
    • Cares about work and life and values a warm atmosphere and open communication
    • Encourages ownership, initiative and creativity and personal development through coaching and training.
  • Hybrid working - with the possibilities of flexible working hours, homework, working from other offices,… you can organize your own work.
  • We value a healthy and happy life and facilitate that through a wide range of benefits and activities, including a subscription to the Headspace wellbeing app.

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SD Worx offers you, besides a competitive salary and benefits package, the autonomy and flexibility to take ownership of your work.  With the possibilities of flexible working hours, homework, working from other offices,… you can organize your own work.

For us, learning and innovating are like breathing, inspiring us to always go beyond.  We offer multiple trainings, projects… where you will learn from experts or in practice. From the start you will be engaged in your team, where we share knowledge, talents and celebrate our differences.

From many places, we work as one, moving from better to best together.

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