Legal Counsel – Damen Holding B.V.

Legal Counsel – Damen Holding B.V.

About the company

Damen Shipyards Group was established in 1927 and is a 100% Dutch family owned international group of companies which operates 34 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing some 12,000 people worldwide. An international shipyard group but, at heart, still a family company.
Damen designs and builds innovative ships of excellent quality, supported by a worldwide network of sales and services including maintenance and repair & conversion facilities. Matching customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations is in the group’s DNA. Damen listens carefully to its customers and invests strongly in innovation, research and development.
Damen aims to become a global market leader in the niche markets of shipbuilding, ship repair & conversion, ship components and related services, growing step by step by developing quality vessels and services. Annual production value amounts to approximately EUR 2bln.
Damen delivers more than 180 vessels each year. Since 1969, Damen group companies have built more than 6,000 ships. Maintaining an average stock of 200 hulls, some already with basic outfitting, Damen can guarantee quick delivery times. The unique, standardized shipbuilding concept is known as The Damen Standard. It provides the ability to offer customers well-proven, innovative vessels for competitive prices.
In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 meters. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DS&C completes around 1,300 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

Legal counsel – job description summary

The Legal Counsel will provide a broad range of legal advice and will actively participate in all tasks and work processes in Damen Holding’s Legal department. Primary focus will be to provide support on complex multi-jurisdictional contract negotiations with customers and suppliers all over the world.

Specific tasks at hand will be:

• Support the sales team before and during negotiations with reviewing tender documentation, drafting contracts and aligning or revising of appendices of the sales contract and ensure consistency flowing down these terms and conditions into the subcontracts and supply agreements;
• Negotiate, review and/or draft documentation for (general) business transactions and provide legal contract management support in ongoing business projects;
• Provide legal advice to the business in all areas, including company law and other corporate issues;
• Ensure compliance with company policies and applicable laws and regulations;
• Review and advise management on legal implications of internal and external (export and sanction) policies and procedures;
• Review progress of and/or handle outstanding claims, litigation and liaise with and manage external lawyers and/or legal advisors;
• Prepare, review and modify contractual instruments to assist and support various business activities;


He or she will need to be entrepreneurial, dedicated, hands-on and flexible; the ability to think in terms of commercial solutions and strategic support will enable the Legal Counsel to be a successful business partner for colleagues in Sales, Production, R&D and Corporate within the Damen Group.

General profile specifics are:

• A qualified lawyer (Dutch Law) with at least 7-10 years PQE, predominantly as in-house counsel in a global operating company;
• Dedicated business lawyer with strong experience in commercial contracting, both drafting and negotiations, preferably in an international (shipbuilding) business or (project and/or sales driven) manufacturing / construction business;
• Relevant experience or affinity with corporate/M&A projects, real estate contracts, legal risk management and compliance matters;
• An agile working style: highly skilled with a pro-active approach to problem solving;
• International cultural and mental flexibility and a convincing attitude;
• The ability and willingness for potential long term international travel;
• Fluent in English and Dutch; German would be very nice.

The Offer

Fulltime position in Damen’s Legal team, at the heart of a client-focused, internationally trading and family-owned shipbuilder with strong Dutch roots. A business driven role with a truly global scope, including long distance travel and the option to work abroad for longer periods on challenging projects all over the world.

If the above appeals to you and you wish to apply or to receive further information, please contact Regien Haarbosch or Hielke Bruin at Voxius Executive Search: or call +3185 4880000.

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