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  • Job Type
    Full-time Position
  • Category
    Legal jobs
  • Languages
    English Dutch
  • Experience Required
  • Degree Required
    • Province
    • Date Posted
      December 03,2021
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    Legal Counsel, Commercial (Partnerships)

    Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world. is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings’ total revenue. Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $80 billion.

    With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. connects travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses. The website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide.’s growing Legal team is looking forward to welcoming a dynamic and innovative Legal Counsel - Commercial (Partnerships). We are looking for a person who has a keen eye for detail and the ambition to hone their skills at practicing law while keeping the bigger business context in mind. Who is excellent at drafting, and just as talented at managing projects and never missing a deadline (without good reason of course). Who is eager to build relationships between legal and commercial colleagues and collaborate with a range of stakeholders across the business, and who is excited at the opportunity to build a career in a fast paced travel and tech environment, where you can truly make a difference.

    As Legal Counsel - Commercial (Partnerships) you will be relied upon to work with the Senior Counsel and Senior Managing Counsel in the Partnerships legal team. You will work directly alongside internal business stakeholders and clients, drawing upon your legal knowledge, business acumen and excellent drafting and organizational skills to provide on-the-ground support and identify potential legal issues, ultimately helping to achieve the functional business objectives. You will have the unique experience of working across both accommodation and rental cars products and the opportunity to advise on key projects to enhance collaboration between all brands within the Booking Holdings Inc. group. The cross-product and cross-brand aspect of your role will give you the opportunity to expand your stakeholder group and zone of influence, ultimately providing you with a stage for maximum impact.

    You will provide impactful analysis and advice on legal questions needed to unlock challenges and move commercial agreements forward. You will spend time drafting and negotiating agreements, and managing the process from inception through to signature.

    You will probably be thinking about where a career at will take you. You might have your sights set on a Senior Legal Counsel role, or you may be keen to gain experience in the travel and tech industry to find a passion to drive your in-house legal career forward. This will be your first step in the right direction.

    As the Legal Counsel - Commercial (Partnerships) you are responsible for:

    • Liaising directly with business units as a reliable and commercially minded first point of contact within legal for specific projects and business stakeholders.
    • Drafting and negotiating clear and commercially appropriate legal agreements with strategic partners, within agreed parameters and guidelines
    • Continually review and assess our precedents and guidelines to ensure that we are being innovative and bold, whilst recognising the agreed risk appetite
    • Be well structured, clear and organised, with an ability to prioritise and drive progress within a very fast paced environment
    • Demonstrate a collaborative approach to getting the job done, drawing on technical specialist support from other members of the Legal & Public Affairs team and with a range of stakeholders both within the business and externally
    • Research new legal and commercial topics and confidentially turn research into pragmatic legal advice and actions
    • Create and present guidance documents and training material for teams within the business under the direction of the members of the Partnerships legal team.
    • Support with the creation and implementation of efficient and scalable ways of working to enable sustainable business growth, including the implementation and fine-tuning of legal tech solutions (such as our eContracting tool).

    The ideal Legal Counsel - Commercial (Partnerships) will have:

    • A Law degree (NL or EU civil law jurisdiction preferred) with 2.5+ years’ experience (mandatory) in a reputable law firm or top class in-house training program
    • Excellent drafting skills and attention to detail
    • Very strong organisational and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines, prioritising appropriately
    • The ability to demonstrate commercial awareness and understanding of the business requirements and a keen desire to deepen these skills
    • Excellent drafting skills in English (native level) and the confidence and ability to negotiate independently within agreed parameters and guidelines, asking for help from the Senior Legal Counsel when needed
    • Confidence in your ability to provide assistance to the legal team and business units combined with a professional and collaborative approach
    • A high standard of knowledge and use of Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Google Suite (Google Sheets, Google Docs)
    • Fluency in English; an excellent level of both written and verbal communication skills - additional languages a plus

    Further skills we are looking for:

    • Aligning with’s Values (Think Customer First, Succeed Together, Own It, Learn Forever, Do the Right Thing)
    • Being curious, flexible, and a creative & pragmatic problem solver
    • Confident yet collaborative
    • Ability to influence stakeholders across all levels within the organisation
    • Being proactive, resilient and having the drive to get things done
    • Having sound judgement and the ability to see the big picture and simultaneously appreciate the details necessary to operationalise the strategy
    • Having the courage to take positions and make tough judgment calls
    • Being a team player, self aware and a good listener - a diverse group will always find the best solution!
    • Ability to move with agility, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
    • Forward thinking with an interest in emerging issues in legal and policy ensures equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, family or medical care leave, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, pregnancy and childbirth, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations. We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team. We work to cultivate an inclusive culture in which all of our employees can be their authentic selves.

    Why join the Legal & Public Affairs Team now?’s Legal & Public Affairs team is on a transformational journey at a transformational time for e-commerce and travel (think: growth, innovation, changes to how we operate); you will have an opportunity to actively shape the Department’s future. The Legal & Public Affairs team is also a critical part of the enablement of’s strategy of the Connected Trip (a travel experience that includes not just accommodation, but also transportation, attractions, experiences, payments, flights etc).

    This is a journey that requires close business and Legal & Public Affairs partnerships to redefine our business model, navigate complex regulatory environments, build new products, and negotiate increasingly elaborate commercial deals, among other important projects our teams get involved every day. To tackle this mission, it all starts with a strong team passionate about growing in an ethical and sustainable way!

    Who we are

    To match our global footprint and the array of challenges we face, we are proud to highlight the diversity that exists across this group. We are a team of approximately 70 professionals - representing more than 20 nationalities - with lawyers qualified in many different countries, as well as non-lawyers with public policy, economics, compliance and risk backgrounds. Our team’s previous experience spans across a multitude of industries with team members having worked for major global companies (including Uber, American Express, Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Nokia), tech and other startups, government entities (e.g., the Dutch Competition Authority), and reputable international law firms (e.g., Hogan Lovells, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker Mckenzie), and Public Affairs firms (e.g., FTI Consulting, FIPRA, Brunswick).

    In addition to our day-to-day work, we actively seek opportunities for our team members to engage in the wider global legal and public affairs communities through speaking engagements, training programs, and association memberships. Some of our lawyers are Board members of Consumer Law associations, Competition Law associations, Privacy associations, etc. We also believe in actively engaging with stakeholders to share our insights on policies affecting the travel experience and how travel tech innovations can fuel the digital transformation of the travel industry. For example, we recently launched’s Public Affairs blog, where we publish our position on key policy issues (A World Worth Experiencing).

    As a team, we believe in:

    • Integrating with the Business and Legal having a “seat at the table”: we are decision makers that can have a real impact on’s future
    • Booking’s mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world. Travel helps people become more open minded, curious and flexible
    • Allowing members of our teams to experience different areas or, if they want to be specialists, give them the tools to become more effective in their jobs
    • Providing holistic legal and public affairs advice; our team should not work in silos
    • Always looking for better ways of doing things, improving our Legal Operations function, innovating and exchanging best practices
    • Accepting that it's OK to make mistakes as long as we learn from them
    • Having a sense of humour and having fun working together; we are a team that likes to collaborate and share in joys and challenges together!
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