Legal Counsel Europe

About BDP International:

BDP International is a global logistics provider with annual sales exceeding $2.1 billion USD. Founded in 1966 by Richard Bolte Sr. and based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, BDP has grown to be one of the largest logistics providers in the world. BDP employs more than 4,000 people worldwide, and operates freight logistics centers in 270 cities across the world through a global network of wholly owned offices, joint ventures and affiliates in 135 countries.

The company serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Clients include Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Heineken USA, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Trek Bicycle, Wacker, and others.

This role will provide legal support to the business unit, but primarily will provide legal focus on contract transactions , various corporate governance matters, compliance, trade law, VAT/tax and managing various requests from HQ team.

The role is to provide support on a broad range of legal & corporate governance matters and be a member of the team that ensures that legal and contractual risks are identified and mitigated in support of commercial activities. Your primary responsibilities will be to support contract review in EMEA region (focus on EU) , including to draft and negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements in collaboration with internal stakeholders and in accordance with internal standards, policies and procedures in a timely and efficient manner. In addition to supporting EMEA Contract review (50%), you will also support and coordinate various corporate governance / corporate compliance/ admin requests from the HQ . (50%). You have to be able to work under pressure and manage to work with/combine big pieces of information.

You will report to General Counsel , BDP International, with a dotted line to Corporate Counsel EMEA.

The Main Tasks:
  • Coordinate various corporate governance requests from the HQ, provide timely input.
  • Draft, negotiate, structure, implement, manage and monitor a wide variety of commercial agreements, and supporting documents that are in line with BDP and PSA policies and procedures, risk profile, risk mitigation measures and applicable law.
  • Uphold the integrity of the business and support local experts in the implementation of legal-related compliance policies and processes, including those relating to anti-corruption and data privacy (incl. GDPR). Train internal stakeholders on compliance instructions and policies and monitor the application and implementation of the compliance program in business line activities.
  • Advise business partners of contractual rights and obligations, provide interpretation of terms and conditions, ensure contractual commitments comply with applicable laws and actively manage and mitigate risks relating thereto.
  • Assist in supporting litigations/ dispute resolution, experience in VAT/ tax related claims /disputes would be a plus.

You will be based in Antwerp and work from home and our offices.


The ideal candidate will be a qualified as a lawyer in the Netherlands, Belgium or Czech Republic, with 6-1 years of experience as a legal counsel in a company with international presence, preferably of logistics industry ; with good commercial transactional skills and have an interest to work in an international and challenging environment where you will have the ability to work with a geographically diverse group of customers and stakeholders. The candidate should demonstrate a willingness to learn, excellent people & time management skills and pragmatic business judgment. You are client-focused, all-around team player, have outstanding negotiating skills and a good command of English, both oral and written, proficiency with other languages (especially Dutch, French and/or German) is highly valued.


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