Senior Legal Counsel Contracts & Global Lease – DAF Trucks N.V. (Successfully filled)

Senior Legal Counsel Contracts & Global Lease – DAF Trucks N.V. (Successfully filled)

Our client

DAF Trucks NV has been part of PACCAR Inc. since 1996, which has a leading position worldwide in the development, production and service of high-quality light, medium and heavy trucks under the Kenworth , Peterbilt and DAF brand names . Whereas the first two PACCAR companies mainly focus on the US, Canada and Mexico, DAF occupies the number one position on the European truck market in the heaviest segment, while also focusing on markets in the rest of the world . In the Netherlands, one in three trucks sold above 15 tons is a DAF. DAF is also an important player in the European truck market and is the market leader in the UK and Poland. DAF now sells its products in 90 countries . DAF recently strengthened its market position in Russia, Turkey, Latin America, Malaysia and Taiwan (where DAF is the largest European brand).

DAF has production facilities in Eindhoven (NL) and Westerlo (B) and has an extensive network of sales and service dealers. DAF has a strong customer first policy: low costs per kilometer, a high level of quality, optimum driver comfort, low fuel consumption, minimum environmental impact and high transport efficiency are the starting points.

DAF expands in various markets and also focuses on innovative market concepts , which leads to increasing demands for the Legal Department. For the Legal team of DAF Trucks, which is based at the head office in Eindhoven, we would like to get in touch with candidates for the position of (Senior) Legal counsel .


The DAF Legal Department consists of a small but experienced and decisive team. Under the guidance of the General Counsel & Company Secretary , six (senior) legal counsel support the management, line management and colleagues in operational business lines in all parts of the world. DAF’s in-house legal counsel are in close contact with foreign jurisdictions and law firms. The playing field of DAF Legal encompasses the entire corporate Legal practice and is very diverse. One of the areas of responsibility of the new legal counsel will be to lead the support of the global (captive) leasing portfolio, financing agreements in this regard and to manage all corresponding risk & insurance matters.

Tasks and responsibilities

DAF expects their legal counsel to be a solid and self supporting sparring partner of the business, and that they combine their legal skillset with an in-depth business sense. In this role you will work closely with the General Counsel and other senior counsel, at first predominantly in the field of lease, insurance and finance support. In this area, you work closely with colleagues from PACCAR Financial, the home financer of DAF and the captive leasing company within the PACCAR group, in managing all relevant processes. Where necessary, you support colleagues within Legal in negotiating and recording commercial agreements, including informing and managing outside counsel. Additionally, you will contribute to further awareness within the company regarding compliance, but will be engaged mainly in civil law matters and business support.


DAF is looking for an experienced Legal counsel who clearly communicates and is able to unburden colleagues. An internationally educated and result-oriented academic Legal professional with an analytical mind who can operate both independently and in team project management efforts.

In addition you have:

  • An academic law degree (preferably a US, UK or Dutch Legal background);
  • At least 5-7 years work experience as a lawyer and / or in-house counsel in a multinational, with a solid background in international commercial contracting and corporate support;
  • Experience or broad affinity with banking & finance (and / or leasing, credit & risk management, etc.);
  • Substantive experience working with, and managing, outside counsel;
  • Excellent oral and written command of the English language;
  • Preferably work experience in an international HQ setting;

A position for a team player with a good sense of commercial challenges in a business oriented organization . You are part of an international operating company, with strong Dutch roots and which organization is yearly chosen as one of the best employers in the Netherlands.

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