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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Legal jobs
  • Languages
    English German
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      January 24,2022
    • Entrusting Package
    • JSS
    • VISA
    • IMG_6430
    • Career Consultation

    international legal counsel emea

    This is a global, EMEA focused role on an international team of legal experts. The possible work locations are: Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Poland or Hungary.

    Randstad Enterprise Group provides solutions and expertise that help companies position for growth, execute on strategy, and improve business agility. The collective experience encompasses all facets of the global talent spectrum, from acquisition of talent to outplacement solutions. Enabled by innovative technologies, key offerings include HR and recruitment solutions, Managed Services Provider (MSP) programs, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), In-House and Professional services, and outplacement and career transition services.


    Enterprise Legal takes care of the international legal aspects of operations for the global brands of Randstad, i.e. Randstad Enterprise Group, Randstad Sourceright and Randstad RiseSmart International. Having been united under one global department in 2019, Enterprise Legal is the trusted partner of Randstad’s global businesses and advises in all legal matters from client contracts and vendor contracts to compliance and litigation with a well established team of lawyers to support the client contract process on global accounts.

    We are a highly qualified, passionate, loyal and fun team of lawyers from different backgrounds and countries, based in various countries.

    Our work is embedded in a defined legal operating model which recognizes the importance of close collaboration with the legal function, and continued communication and support amongst all departments. Commercial objectives are being realized through driving informed, risk-based, decision making and an efficient contracting process whilst protecting the organisation's assets and reputation.

    The role

    As an International Legal Counsel, the main area of work is on client contracts and in particular the more complex MSP and RPO work for Randstad Sourceright.

    Within the Randstad organisation, we are uniquely positioned to have a group wide view on contract matters of Randstad’s global clients. In this role you will report to Global General Counsel Randstad Enterprise & Randstad Sourceright

    Our mandate aims at negotiating client contracts which:

    • Need a forum for strategic client discussions
    • Have a geographic reach beyond one country; often they cover a wide range of different jurisdictions
    • Often address a number of our HR talent solutions, so are highly complex
    • Need close teaming up with sales, implementation, and other departments to translate the desired business conditions intot the best possible legal term.

    You will be responsible for ensuring the business has accurate timely legal advice in compliance with local and global Randstad policies & applicable legislation. Big part of the job will be to draft and negotiate global client framework agreements which accurately reflect the Randstad services and talent solutions in question, and offer a well balanced risk and compliance assessment. You will be required to work closely with the relevant adjacent departments, as well as local legal colleagues around the world for roll out and implementation in the country.

    The role holder will have a passion for ensuring the performance of the overall sales organisation and profitable achievement of the organisation’s sales goals. The role will work collaboratively with the sales team on drafting tailored legal language, based on achievable negotiation strategies, and considering compelling client value propositions to underpin the negotiation strategies and differentiate solutions.

    The successful individual will demonstrate the ability to handle complex client contracts for Randstad Sourceright with little supervision, in particular be sufficiently confident with numbers to check fees schedules, provide guidance on SLAs and propose solutions to areas of conflict with a client during negotiations.

    Demonstrate confidentiality, discretion & judgement, enthusiasm and self-motivation. Excellent communication skills both oral and written, at appropriate levels, in providing advice to clients, managers and staff.

    key stakeholders

    • All of the sales, solutions, pricing and bid team
    • Liaise with global and regional CFO
    • Liaise with global and regional Chief Executives

    education and experience

    • Law degree or equivalent
    • 10+ years qualified lawyer
    • Trained in recognized law firm or similar experience
    • Expertise in employment and contract laws and outsourcing
    • Experience of working an in-house role in an international business - ideally in the HR industry - and of negotiating global (multi-country) client contracts - ideally through evidencing successful large and complex client contract achievements
    • Experience of working with multi-layered (matrix) sales/implementations/operations teams on bid process
    • Strong English language skills, including legal drafting
    • Ability to navigate in a complex, rapidly changing, global business environment.

    legal specific skills

    Randstad have functional specific desired behaviors to ensure we have a world class legal team in place. The desired behaviors are summarized below.

    business impact

    • Can clearly explain to the business what the legal function can bring (added value)
    • Masters different communication styles and switches easily
    • Shows knowledge of external trends/ best practice likely to impact on business strategy
    • Displays a sound grasp of commercial basis of own area of operation
    • Makes an immediate and positive impression on others
    • Identifies and focuses on the broader strategic issues among a mass of detail
    • Brings a common “legal” language to the business – makes it simple
    • Takes a long term view of the business and looks beyond immediate concerns
    • Comes across with force and credibility
    • Understands the competitive context in which the business operates


    • Maintains high ethical standards personally and professionally
    • Has a duty to escalate material legal risks or misconduct if not properly addressed
    • Identifies ethical issues, confronts real/apparent conflict of interests and resolves if possible
    • Has integrity, is open and honest, is respected in the company
    • Investigates root causes of routine problems systematically and logically
    • Makes reasoned decisions based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative information
    • Maintains focus and direction in unstructured, ambiguous or unpredictable situations
    • Critically evaluates by examining the probable consequences of competing options
    • Takes responsibility for decisions
    • Assertive

    business partner

    • Enthusiastic and committed
    • Is diplomatic, creates buy-in and takes ownership
    • Critical to the decision-making process, takes account of company interests
    • Creates a team environment and consensus by focusing on common goals
    • Assists, helps and supports others to improve and build on their success
    • Shares expertise and experience for the good of the team
    • Builds and uses functional contacts across boundaries
    • Collaborates with and influences others rather than competing with them
    • Works towards common business goals rather than narrow functional objectives
    • Shares knowledge, expertise and information that would be helpful to colleagues

    solution orientated

    • Analyses information and situations quickly, recognizes risk and opportunity
    • Prepared to challenge/negotiate compromise to gain mutual agreement, but with the courage to maintain a minority view if appropriate
    • Seeks the root cause of a problem
    • Uses a range of presentation styles appropriate to the people involved
    • Constructs reasoned, convincing arguments/explanations to influence others
    • Seeks out others’ views to discuss options. Knows when to bring in others
    • Makes rational realistic and sound decisions
    • Prepares reports and advice that is concise, relevant, informative and directive


    There is no better place to deep dive into legal in house advice in the HR world than Enterprise Legal as a single point of contact for all Randstad Enterprise and Randstad Sourceright services & solutions.

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