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Legal Counsel EMEA & APAC

Job Category:  Legal
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2041

Corbion develops sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life for people today and for future generations.


We are currently looking for a Legal Counsel EMEA and Asia Pacific (to be based in Gorinchem, the Netherlands) to join our team. 
As our Legal councel you will work on a broad variety of legal matters in an innovative, sustainable and international organization.


Corbion’s Legal and Compliance Department is set up as a matrix organization with dedicated General Counsels providing global support for Corbion’s three business units, being: Lactic Acid and Specialties (“LAS”), Sustainable Food Solutions (“SFS”) and Algae Ingredients/Open Innovation (“AI”). These General Counsels are being supported by Regional Legal Counsels (for North America, Latin America and EMEA & Asia Pacific) providing support in the regions to all business units and business functions. The Legal and Compliance Department acts as one team supporting Corbion regarding all types of legal and compliance matters. This includes (but is not limited to) commercial contracting, claims and litigations, as well as M&A related matters. Corbion's Legal and Compliance Department currently consists of 8 professionals, located in the Netherlands (3 in Amsterdam & 2 in Gorinchem), USA (2 in Kansas) and Brazil (1 in Sao Paulo).


You will be based in Gorinchem, the Netherlands (with the possibility to work as well from our Amsterdam office or from home). You will report to the General Counsel LAS (based in Gorinchem) and have a dotted reporting line to the General Counsels for SFS and AI.  


About the job

The Regional Legal Counsel provides commercially balanced legal advice and assistance to the business to support the strategic goals, whilst ensuring compliance with relevant international & national laws and Corbion internal policies. You will work closely together with the management in Europe and Asia Pacific. More specifically, as our Regional Legal Counsel you will perform the following tasks and responsibilities:


  • Provide sound legal advice to implement business goals pragmatically.
  • Anticipate and deliver proactive support and advice to the business as a legal business partner in an early stage.
  • Negotiate and draft documentation for commercial transactions (both on the sales and procurement side), as well as joint development agreements, contract research agreements and license agreements.
  • Support in B2B dispute resolution by participating in negotiations.
  • Provide training to the business to enhance legal awareness.
  • Collaborate closely with the other members of the Legal and Compliance Department and with the members of the Intellectual Property Department regularly in sharing practices and drafting IP related agreements.


About you


Corbion is looking for a proactive legal professional with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Master's degree in Law (LLM), preferably from a Dutch university.
  • At least 8 years of relevant experience in legal practice, of which at least 3 years in a law firm.
  • Prior in-house experience in a multinational company, preferably in a similar industry (specialty chemicals, raw materials, ingredients and/or pharmaceutical).
  • General contract law and competition law experience
  • ICT contracts experience is advantageous.
  • Coordinating external lawyers and law firms.
  • Experience with international business relationships.


In addition, you possess the following skills, knowledge and competencies:

  • Proactive business partner with customer focus.
  • Ability to establish credibility and build strong relationships at all levels.
  • Team player and self-starter.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters.
  • Ability to balance legal risks and commercial consequences.
  • Apply high standards of accuracy.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, concisely, confidentially and professionally with all levels in the company.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and preferably in Dutch.
  • Flexibility to travel internationally.
  • Availeble for a minimum of 32 hours per week.


Our Offer


We offer competitive remuneration and benefits. What makes Corbion special is the way we consciously create that connection between the product of our work and our individual lives and use it to shape our choices and our priorities as a company. We have a great company made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision. When we all understand how we intend to get there in the same way, there’s no telling how far we can go. We offer you the chance to join a company with a:


  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Unique possibility to be trained by our internal expertise in the world of biobased products.
  • Flexibility to work from home
  • Lastly, we offer a friendly, informal culture in a demanding professional environment


In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Corbion, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects.



About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2020, Corbion generated annual sales of € 986.5 million and has a workforce of over 2250 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information: www.corbion.com


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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