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Legal Counsel International

  • BESIX Group
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:
  • BESIX Group
Brussels, Belgium
Full-time
Published:

COMPANY DESCRIPTION:

BESIX Group is a leading multidisciplinary Belgian Group, operating in construction, construction, real estate development and concessions. BESIX Group was founded in 1909, and has grown impressively over the years. BESIX Group operates in Northern and Eastern Europe, North and Central Africa and the Middle East through its subsidiary BESIX Construct, as well as in Canada and Australia. The group stands out in its sector by having its own internal Engineering Department, with wide-ranging expertise in geotechnical engineering, concrete technology, methods, planning, and BIM, System Engineering and similar tools.

In 2022, the Group achieved a turnover of EUR 3.4 billion. BESIX has about 12,000 employees active in 25+ countries with more than 80 different nationalities.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

As Legal Counsel International you will advice on all legal matters for Besix NV’s international business unit, its affiliates and branches; Besix’ international business unit currently manages projects in Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Egypt, Gabon, Georgia, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Mozambique, and Tanzania.

As such, the Legal Counsel will support and advice Besix project teams throughout the contracting cycle, from tender review to hand-over and, as the case may be, ensuing disputes. This includes:

  • reviewing tender documentation and legal framework;

  • drafting legal analysis and recommendations on the same; contribute to the internal review processes ahead of bidding;

  • reviewing and drafting all required contractual documentation in the bidding and negotiation phase, vis-à-vis the client, partners, sub-contractors etc.;

  • ensure a seamless hand-over, upon contract award, to the project execution teams and contract managers;

  • liaise with the same throughout the execution/construction phase as well as at hand-over, and provide assistance where appropriate;

  • follow up on any claims, in close cooperation with the relevant contract manager; advice on per-litigation tactics if necessary;

  • conduct litigation (judiciary and arbitral proceedings);

  • select and manage external counsel on these matters;


QUALIFICATIONS:

  • University degree in law, with a strong academic track record; any additional degree is a plus;

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant and demonstrated experience in international construction and/or project development (and ensuing disputes), either in a major law firm or with a construction company;

  • Knowledge of and/or interest in project finance and public private partnerships;

  • Fluent in English; any other language (esp. Dutch and French) is a plus;

  • Able and willing to combine a “sustainable business enabler” role with an outspoken intellectual independence, with a view to promote a sound and sustainable legal framework for Besix’ operations;

  • Strong analytical skills; rigorous, methodical, attention to detail;

  • Outstanding drafting and negotiation skills;

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Team player; driven by collective results rather than individual achievements;

  • Self starter; capable of multi-tasking in a demanding and deadlines-driven environment;

  • Eager and able to work in very different cultural environments, including in far-off locations;

  • Impeccable personal and work ethics.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

A career at BESIX is a lot more than just a job, it's about being part of our changing and innovative world. Your skills, ambition and passion will contribute to the development of our different businesses and allow us to succeed in the challenges of the coming years.

Working for the BESIX group allows you to be a part of a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial company. It gives you a safe and collaborative working environment with ambitious and innovative goals for the world of tomorrow, but also for your career and personal development.

We are looking for different kinds of personalities, mindsets, backgrounds and genders to build the iconic and sustainable projects of tomorrow.

Are you ready to make an impact and leave a positive legacy for years to come? If you are passionate about our purpose to Excel in creating sustainable solutions for a better world, come and join our caring BESIX family. Together we will co-create our future.

Working at BESIX brings a lot of great benefits including:

  • An attractive remuneration package including a salary in line with the market and a range of employee benefits such as flexible mobility advantages, extra-legal pension, medical care insurance, work-life balance program (such as teleworking, child care, flexible work schedule, mobile working), Health Management (sport, health check-up program, …);

  • Career development programs that serve not only to ensure that you are constantly learning and improving but also that give you the possibility to expand your career horizon;

  • A dynamic, creative and safe working environment with innovative colleagues supporting your endeavors (ideas, projects, goals, ambitions);

  • Possibility to work on complex projects within both a local and international environment;

  • The choice to remain locally anchored for the coming years or to seek an exciting international career opportunity within the group.

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