Legal Counsel – Animal Health

Job description

While many companies claim to change the world, we do it every day by helping our customers run their businesses better. At CID LINES, an Ecolab Company, we believe that hygiene is health. And that health, in turn, is the key to more profitability and sustainability for everyone. You’ll help us deliver critical insights and innovative solutions to our customers, ensuring our global vision and mission. With your career here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and grow, shape your career, make an impact, and quickly see the importance of your work. You will join a company with a worldwide reach and ambitious growth plans.

Our CID LINES office in Ieper is currently looking for a Legal Counsel – Animal Health.

Primary Role & Key Responsibilities:

This professional will act as Legal Counsel for our global division Animal Health (“AH”) headquartered in Ieper, Belgium, and will be responsible for managing the delivery of legal services. The reporting line will be directly to the head of the European Law Department based in Monheim, Germany, and the dotted reporting line will be to VP Finance – Global Animal Health. The successful candidate will be responsible for legal advice, drafting and negotiating agreements with our distribution partners around the world, direct selling agreements as well as contractor agreements and procurement agreements, and related documentation. Other responsibilities include providing legal advice to AH management and legal oversight of competition law, claims, employment law, and other legal issues affecting AH operations. The successful candidate will add significant value not only in the day-to-day legal support to AH, but also in managing risk in a business-oriented way enabling growth and ensuring the cost-effective use of external legal services where needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Structure, negotiate and draft agreements with our distributors and end customers.

  • Provide legal advice and services for supply contracts.

  • Act as a business counselor and strategic advisor to the AH leadership team on commercial and regulatory matters.

  • Manage disputes and litigation to achieve a practical and cost-effective result.

  • Assist as needed on acquisitions, particularly in the due diligence and integration process.

  • Advise business and compliance team on legal risk and ethical compliance

  • Manage outside legal counsel to ensure value is provided on a cost-effective basis.

  • Control and update legal and corporate documentation.

  • Coordinate with the head of the European Law Department as well as attorneys based in the US or in the regions to align on objectives and practices.


Academic Experience:

  • Excellent academic credentials, including qualification to practice law.

  • Additional law qualification in another jurisdiction is desirable but not required.

Experience/ knowledge:

  • Dutch and English business-level fluency required.

  • Further languages desirable but not required.

  • Three to six years of commercial law experience working in-house with a multinational corporation and/or in a law firm.

  • Relevant experience in structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial transactions.

  • Ability to command the respect of, and communicate effectively with, a diverse range of business partners and partners within the Law Department.

  • Ability to direct and manage outside counsel to achieve cost-efficient results. •

  • Dispute resolution experiences desirable but not required.

Ability Aspects:

  • Possesses business and financial acumen, with the ability to balance commercial and legal considerations and explain complex legal points to business leaders.

  • Engenders the confidence of business leaders in identifying legal risk and recommending a course of action.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Skilled negotiator, whether on a commercial transaction or in settling a dispute.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

At Ecolab, we believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive, and we are on a journey to create a workplace where every associate can grow and achieve their best. We are committed to fair and equal treatment of associates and applicants. We recruit, hire, promote, transfer and provide opportunities for advancement on the basis of individual qualifications and job performance. In all matters affecting employment, compensation, benefits, working conditions, and opportunities for advancement, we will not discriminate against any associate or applicant for employment because of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, or status as a covered veteran.

In addition, we are committed to furthering the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) through Affirmative Action (AA). Our goal is to fully utilize minority, female, disabled and covered veteran individuals at all levels of the workforce. Ecolab is a place where you can grow your career, own your future and impact what matters.

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