Advise on and deal with disputes and litigation. Engage and manage external lawyers as required;
Support WATTS Europe Operations by providing legal advice on employment and labour law to Human Resources and regional input on global issues;
Providing support and advice and pro-active interaction on negotiations with works council and Trade Unions as required;
Provide general employment law advice on a broad range of topics, e.g. issue resolution, disciplinary meetings, performance management, policy drafting, investigations, litigation, preventative management and terminations;
Affinity with M&A;
Contribute to the general goals of the legal department, such as creating legal awareness, drafting and keeping up to date models and Q&A's and contribute to the know-how system;
Drafting, reviewing, preparing and where necessary negotiating international sales and sourcing contracts;
Contribute to implementing the Company’s worldwide compliance program and key compliance initiatives for Europe, including providing training on compliance and corporate ethics issues (such as FCPA, and UK Anti-Bribery Act, anti-boycott, Competition, Trade Compliance), and monitoring legal compliance developments in the region;
Working across countries, business units and functions as a business partner to ensure that there is consistency and understanding of needs and advice. Works Effectively in a matrix organization;
Report on activities (findings, analysis) and advises the manager on legal issues whilst acting in the company's best interests;
As business partner analyses business case and is able to translate in sound practical legal advice (no legalese).
Master of Law degree, preferably in Dutch, French or German law.
No direct reports.
7-10 years' relevant experience, as an in-house lawyer and preferably with some years in a law firm;
Understand the needs of an international US Multinational with operations in multiple manufacturing sites across Europe;
Solid knowledge of international contract law and in-depth knowledge of and experience in Dutch, French or German Employment law;
Good knowledge Data Privacy law;
Flexible and hands-on and relationship building skills and able to manage a large number of issues simultaneously;
The business language is English, so you can express yourself perfectly in English both written and verbally. Knowledge of the French and/or German language is a preference;
Excellent communication skills on various levels;
Team player, ambitious and multi-tasker;
Must be able willing and able to travel internationally on average 15 -25%.