(Senior) Legal Counsel

Due to an internal career move by one of our Legal Counsels, Royal De Heus is recruiting a new (Senior) Legal Counsel to complete our team. Together with your colleagues from the Group Legal Department, you support the activities of the company in the Netherlands and abroad. You are heavily involved in the day-to-day operations, you advise the business and the holding, support M&A projects and you are responsible, together with the Legal team, for the development and implementation of the legal policies and guidelines. Are you an entrepreneurial Legal Counsel and looking to (pro-)actively contribute to the success and international growth of Royal De Heus? Then we would like to get in touch with you.

Ede, The Netherlands



Vacancy closed

Nicole Rouffaer

Group HR Business Partner   nrouffaer@deheus.com

(Senior) Legal Counsel

Your responsibilities

Never a dull moment at De Heus! We continuously push to extend our boundaries and move forward. For over 100 years, driven by these ambitions, we contribute to the progress and the development of the agricultural sector. With the 4th generation in the driver’s seat - the brothers Co and Koen de Heus are both CEO of our company - impressive growth has been realized both by autonomous growth as well as by numerous acquisitions in Europe, Asia, Africa and South-America. Our goal is to continue to pursue this ambitious, international growth strategy in the years ahead. While doing so, it is paramount we offer safe and healthy food, now and for the next generation, bearing in mind the right balance between ‘people, profit and planet’.

Passionate and engaged employees are of the utmost importance to be able to realise our ambitions. Employees who show entrepreneurship, commitment and responsibility contribute to the growth and success of our company; now and in the future!

For our Legal Counsels not one day is the same. You navigate through all layers of the organisation and are exposed to all elements of the business. One moment you will find yourself advising a colleague from the export department on a distributors agreement, an hour later you dive deep into the company’s credit facility agreements to prepare for a meeting with our banks and you end the day with a Teams meeting with colleagues from Brazil discussing the acquisition of a new location.

As a Legal Counsel you provide solicited and unsolicited advice on a broad legal spectrum such as contract-, corporate-, liability-, competition- and intellectual property law. You participate in negotiations on behalf of Royal De Heus, draft agreements and are an active member of various project- and working groups with the aim to highlight the legal perspective.

You excel at stakeholder management: during meetings with external advisors and specialists, and while working closely with in- and external Legal Counsels connected to our business units abroad. Working with our international colleagues adds and extra dimension to your work, you are sensitive to cultural differences and flexible in your approach in order to come to a desirable result.

The Group Legal department consists of three inhouse Legal Counsels and the Group Integrity and Compliance Manager, all reporting into the Group Director Legal at the HQ in Ede. Together you focus on the further professionalization of the legal department, identifying and mitigating legal risks in the decisions made in every discipline in the organisation.

What do we expect from you?

  • A Master’s degree in Dutch law or comparable degree from another university and at least 7 years of relevant experience in a (international) business environment or a law firm;
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience in M&A transactions;
  • Experience in a dynamic environment with varying activities and responsibilities and used to a hands-on approach;
  • No 9-5 mentality;
  • Willing to travel;
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).

You recognize yourself in the following personal characteristics: independent, loyal, analytical, risk aware, pro-active, pragmatic and you have a high degree of professional integrity. A real team player with the ability to collaborate actively & effectively with cross-functional teams and a good sense of humour. You are willing to commit yourself to De Heus for a longer period and are open to consider to work abroad in due course and time.

What do we offer?

Royal De Heus offers you a challenging position in a professional, highly educated team at our HQ in Ede (NL). We offer you a fulltime contract in an international environment with ample room for entrepreneurship and new initiatives. You will receive a competitive remuneration package, based on your education and experience. We invest in developing your talents and have created a culture of continuous learning and development, no matter what role you are in. You will be given the opportunity to learn, develop and collaborate with colleagues from all over the world. 


Would you like to know more about this vacancy and recruitment process? Please contact Joyce Toeset of Robert Walters, exclusive partner for this vacancy. You can reach her by phone +31 (0) 20 644 4655 or +31 (0) 6 51 42 60 49 and by e-mail: joyce.toeset@robertwalters.com.

Would you like to work in a successful and fast growing company that gives you a lot of personal growth opportunities? Then contact us via our website or send your resume and motivation letter to joyce.toeset@robertwalters.com.

An assessment is part of this selection procedure.




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