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Legal Counsel OW | senior position

Posted 4 Jul 2022
Work experience
6 to 7 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)
30 Sep 2022 00:00

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The position

As an International Legal Counsel, you will be providing legal and contracting support to the Business Unit Offshore Wind, based in our Gorinchem offices. You will support the tender, procurement and project teams, advising on legal and contractual risks and opportunities arising in the course of bidding and tendering processes, contract execution and maintenance/warranty periods.

You would be engaged in a suite of main- and subcontract type’s ranging from Balance of Plant, to Transport & Installation and from Design & Construct to true subcontract; from Services Agreements to vessel charters and from joint venture agreements to NDAs, and more.

You will be member of tender- and procurement teams, as a representative of the legal team.

We would expect you to be a pro-active, self-confident, constructive critical, creative and sociable legal advisor of the various team leaders and BU Management, looking for solutions not problems along Van Oord’s contracting principles, who values teamwork, sharing and who can put things in perspective and has affinity with the dynamics of a project driven organisation. And who is has a sense of humour and is generally good humoured.

Your advice and recommendations are convincing, and you are capable when it comes to working on different projects, in different teams at the same time and flexible/willing to occasionally travel.

Your responsibilities

  • Qualifying, drafting, editing, negotiating ITT (received and issued), bid and tender documentation and provide other legal support and advice;
  • Timely interacting with Insurance, Finance, Compliance and other departments relevant for proper contracting and negotiation;
  • Dispute avoidance, mitigation and resolution;
  • Keeping you and your colleagues up to date with legal developments in relevant countries and industries;
  • Contributing to the development and implementation template contracts and of policies, procedures and principles that have a legal ‘angle’ to it;
  • Contract management tasks and responsibilities, incl. the drafting of Variations, Claims.

Job requirements

In order for you to fulfil the position, it is important that you recognise yourself in the profile as stated below. You have:

  • a Master’s degree in the law of any or more developed countries, with specialisation in e.g. construction or maritime law (or equivalent like King’s College Masters in Construction Law, Solicitors Finals + training);
  • At least six years of working experience preferably in offshore construction and/or maritime industry or similar; FIDIC (YB), LOGIC and (BIMCO) Chartering experience is of added value;
  • First-hand knowledge of and experience with common law governed contracts is preferable;
  • Fully professional command of English language, oral and written; professional command of other languages adds value;
  • Well-developed negotiating and drafting skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal team working skills; Able to perform under pressure.
  • You need to be permitted to work in the EU and prepared to live in the Netherlands.

We offer

To become a member of Van Oord, a family business and take part in and contribute to a thriving and dynamic industry: offshore and maritime construction and services, and with marine ingenuity contributing to a more sustainable world.

Remuneration is in line with market practice and experience.Full time employment or – if so desired part-time – with minimum four days a week.

  • The package includes among other things: A salary that matches your responsibilities and experience;
  • Allowance for going abroad (based on location and situation of the project);
  • A pension scheme;
  • A variable bonus;
  • Extensive learning and (personal) development possibilities;
  • An adequate travel allowance, if relevant;
  • Collective health insurance (optional).

About Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading global contractor in dredging, hydraulic engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind). We are an innovative partner for our clients and have been contributing to the infrastructure of tomorrow's world for over a hundred years. Our people are committed, enterprising professionals with a passion for water and technology.

The growing world population needs more space. Maritime transport requires new and improved infrastructure. Climate change demands better coastal protection. The demand for energy is growing and a renewable energy system is essential to providing the energy needed for the future.

Active in 44 countries
5,000 employees
80% men - 20% women
Average age is 38 years

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