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Knowledge, ambition, reliability and their ever-growing innovation capacity make HES a partner of choice for their international client base


HES International is Europe’s largest group of independent bulk handling companies for liquid and dry bulk products. The company holds a unique independent position in the supply chain of bulk goods for a wide range of products providing first class access to Europe’s deep draft terminals and excellent hinterland connectivity by barge, rail and truck.

For over a century, the group has been evolving and developing in line with the continuously changing needs of their customers and the challenges of the times. HES has a clear and exciting sustainability ambition, driven by facilitating the diversification of the bulk goods stored and handled on its terminals, as well as through realizing new business development projects relating to the energy transition.

Knowledge, ambition, reliability and their ever-growing innovation capacity make HES a partner of choice for their international client base. HES (Haven en Scheepvaart) was founded in 1908 and continues to contribute to the world of tomorrow, in line with its company values Safety & Entrepreneurship, Respect & Integrity, Open & Accountability.

On behalf of HES International we seek to recruit an ambitious and hands-on Group Legal counsel.

The Group Legal & Regulatory Counsel is part of a small group of highly empowered, business oriented lawyers


The Corporate Legal & Compliance team of HES International is responsible for achieving the optimal Legal position for HES Group and its business in a broad range of legal and compliance areas, ranging from commercial contracting to corporate and compliance matters, including managing support on regulatory issues for the company’s national and international operating companies.

The Group Legal & Regulatory Counsel is part of a small group of highly empowered, business oriented lawyers with broad responsibilities who enjoy working in an international, industrial and fast-paced environment.

“Forget just reviewing contracts. At HES, in-house counsels are entrepreneurs at heart. We go beyond – empowering management and colleagues to mitigate risks through proactive guidance and assistance, turning legal expertise into the foundation for our success.” – Remco van der Veer, General Counsel

You will help to ensure that HES Group companies internationally comply with all relevant commercial and corporate legal, regulatory and permitting compliance requirements.

Specific responsibilities within the Legal & Compliance team are:

  • Commercial contracting: negotiating, reviewing and drafting contracts for the group’s operations within the commercial KPI’s of the company, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Legal risk management: identifying and mitigating potential legal risks associated with the group’s activities;
  • Staying up-to-date: continuously monitoring changes in rules and regulations that might impact the group’s international operations, and advising management and business directors to take action accordingly;
  • Acquisition and renewal: ensuring all necessary permits for the group’s operations are obtained and renewed timely, such as regulatory requirements for operations, (project) construction, environment, health & safety, and data privacy;
  • Compliance monitoring: keeping up-to-date on changing regulations and ensuring the group adheres to (permit) requirements in each location they operate in;
  • Liaison with authorities: maintaining and preparing communication with relevant authorities to clarify requirements, troubleshoot issues, and ensure smooth permit application processes;
  • Internal training: coordinating and conducting training sessions for employees on legal and regulatory matters relevant to their work.

You are a pro-active and high skilled Legal business advisor


You are a pro-active, entrepreneurial and hands-on legal business advisor, with a University Degree in (Dutch) Law and about 6 to 9+ years of experience in an international business environment. Law firm experience is considered a plus, as is additional experience with regulatory/permits processes.

Working in a small team in a non-hierarchical organization, you will need to bring a flexible and down-to-earth personality and the capacity to work independently with many internal and external stakeholders. Your success at HES will be accelerated if you are an all-round, results-oriented professional, with a drive to understand and work with our business. A solid safety mindset, following HES’ key company value as well as the industry’s regulatory requirements, is a non-negotiable.

You are fluent in English and Dutch.

Competitive salary and excellent benefits are part of the offer


HES offers the ability to work at the Group office of an international organization, close to our Executive Board, where you can use your strengths to assist in driving strategic and operational business initiatives for HES’s terminals and support their growth ambitions. This is done in a dynamic working environment with a lot of exposure to senior leadership to boost your skills to the next level. Competitive salary and excellent benefits are part of the offer. You may be required to occasionally travel within Europe.

Christine de Klein-Hagens


If you wish to apply or receive any further information about this role, please contact Hielke Bruin or Christine Hagens at Voxius Executive Search, via mail ( or telephone (+31 85 4880000). Discretion is guaranteed.