senior legal counsel (f/m/x)

Job description

about us

You will find Aalberts where technology matters and real progress can be made. Humanly, environmentally and financially. Since our inception in 1975, we instilled a philosophy of dedication to progress and entrepreneurship, and 46 years later we are now a major international innovator who engineers mission-critical technologies for ground-breaking industries and everyday life. Aalberts is listed on the Dutch stock exchange Euronext in Amsterdam.

Aalberts is a diverse group of mission-critical people with multiple talents and many skills. We all go way beyond the line of duty, we’re relentless. We have grown to employ 15,000 employees, with activities in more than 50 countries. We operate a lean and effective management structure, utilizing leadership networks to facilitate the growth potential of the company. (

Aalberts Surface Technologies, with its headquarter in Kerpen, NRW, is the biggest of all five Aalberts segments offering technical services in the field of heat treatment, surface treatment and precision machining.  With about 6,000 employees worldwide we operate from 80 locations, of which 60 are in Europe, 18 in the USA and 2 in Asia. 

In line with our focussed acceleration strategy we are looking for an entrepreneurial

senior legal counsel (m/w/x)

your job

grow and professionalise legal, corporate governance and compliance processes for:

  • all our Aalberts companies in the German speaking countries (DACH); and
  • all our locations of Aalberts Surface Technologies globally
  • as senior legal counsel and part of the global Aalberts governance network, reporting directly to the global general counsel in Utrecht, you further develop and strengthen the governance & audit processes and drive strategic legal projects 
  • you are the first point of contact for the ongoing compliance trainings including the Aalberts Integrity Academy e-learning for the relevant employees of your locations
  • you work closely together with the leadership (CEO and CFO) of Aalberts Surface Technologies based in Kerpen
  • you manage legal and commercial risks and coordinate with outside counsel to manage country-specific claims
  • you improve the corporate householding and legal management systems
  • you review, draft and negotiate large commercial agreements in English and German
  • you draft and develop contract standards, checklists and standard legal documents
  • you are willing to travel between our various locations in the German speaking countries and (at least) once a week to our Aalberts HQ in Utrecht

your profile

  • university degree in law
  • several years experience in corporate governance, international compliance regulations and German corporate and commercial contract law
  • business-oriented self-starter combining analytical reasoning and judgement, while working with the highest degree of integrity
  • fluency in German and in English and good communication and listening skills
  • strong, persuasive and entrepreneurial personality
  • take responsibility, be pragmatic, initiate progress and get things done by taking ownership
  • good interpersonal skills, strong people orientation and sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • experience with managing outside counsel on a variety of matters
  • ability to sell compliance to the business while ensuring that certain lines are never crossed

what we offer

  • being part of a winning team in a diverse and responsible position
  • operate in a challenging international and entrepreneurial environment
  • flat organisational structure with short lines of communication
  • in this structure you can really make a difference and impact your organisation
  • possibility to develop your personal and professional competencies with many career growth opportunities
  • attractive and competitive compensation and benefits package
  • work “the Aalberts way”

Job requirements

For further information please contact Julia Brey, HR Director, Aalberts Surface Technologies: Tel.: +49-2237-502-501.

We look forward to receiving your application!