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Senior Legal Counsel R&I

10/09/2018 Utrecht, Utrecht, NL
Will you be our new Senior Legal Counsel who can act as a business partner for our business leaders in the Research & Innovation Center in Utrecht? We offer you a challenging job in an innovative, open and dynamic multinational company with all career prospects like training possibilities and room for personal development.

About the Job

You will be part of the Legal & Compliance Team based in Utrecht (The Netherlands), which is supporting the Danone's Early Life Nutrition and Medical R&I business worldwide. As a Business Partner you will work in a multidisciplinary team. Legal & Compliance Team is responsible for securing the assets resulting from innovation and preserve Danone's reputation. It ensures the protection of our innovations, know-how, intellectual property and interests.

You will provide legal and compliance advice to Nutricia’s stakeholders. You will draft and review contracts related to R&I matters (e.g. Research, Joint Development, Service, Clinical Trial Agreements) for international research collaborations. The Sr. Legal Counsel has a leading role in negotiations with third parties on intellectual property rights, confidentiality obligations and liability terms. As a legal expert, you will ensure the legal watch in particular in intellectual property, contract law and health law (clinical studies). You will participate in the strategy of attack or defense in competition and industrial property, ensures the prevention of litigation and the protection of confidentiality. Furthermore, the Legal & Compliance Team conceives and enforces various types of policies and you will support proper roll out by providing trainings and active follow up.

As a Business Partner you monitor and cooperate with the various internal stakeholders, such as Clinical Study Department, Science Teams, Patent Attorneys, other Legal teams (Trademarks, procurement or in CBU), Finance and Procurement etc. We offer you a challenging job in an innovative, open and dynamic multinational company with all career prospects like training possibilities and room for personal development.

About You

To be successful in this challenging environment you have a Master’s degree in commercial / IP law (or a comparable foreign law degree) and you bring a minimum 5 years legal experience within an international company and/or law firm, preferably in an R&D environment - having a track-record in Clinical Study Agreement is a pre-requisite. You have experience in in Contract law, Business Law and/or Intellectual Property law and excellent drafting skills.

Furthermore, you have a well-developed business sense, strong leadership skills and you can communicate and influence at senior levels. You are a great negotiator and you have a pragmatic and can-do attitude and you are eager to deliver and have an impact on our business leaders. Proficient in English, both verbally and in writing. Knowledge of the French or Dutch languages is an advantage.

What’s in it for you?

At Danone we offer a complete package of benefits, with a competitive primary salary and yearly bonus, but also benefits like a premium free pension, 30 days annual leave and several discounts on a collective health insurance and even on some of our products.


But more importantly – many opportunities for next steps in the function.

What’s next?

Hit the “apply now” button.

Need more information?

Please contact me Giorgia Calabria, Talent Manager OneDanone Benelux, Giorgia.calabria@danone.com  

About us

At Danone, we are dedicated to achieving health through food. And not only that; we want our mission to benefit people of every age, in every social and cultural environment and in every part of the world - as many people as possible.

Giorgia Calabria
Talent Manager giorgia.calabria@danone.com
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