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Senior Counsel

Date: Jan 11, 2023

Location: Papendrecht, NL

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 38 manufacturing locations in 12 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

In this this vibrant role you will involve the provision of legal advice and business partnering on a wide range of legal and compliance issues to support the Head of Legal and the Civil business line. You will be the primary Legal point of contact for the Business Jets/Regional Jets/Advanced Air Mobility team within Civil, and also the local legal contact for the GKN business in the Netherlands. The role will also involve the identification and proactive management of legal and compliance risk.

Specific Accountabilities

•    You will support the Head of Legal by providing technically excellent, timely advice. While you will be expected to support on a wide variety of legal and compliance issues that arise with regard to the Civil business, the main focus of the role will be:

           - Drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex international contracts with both customers and suppliers

           - Supporting the Commercial team on customer engagements and the Procurement / Supply Chain teams on supplier issues

           - Contentious matters with both customers and suppliers

           - Regulatory issues

•    You may have to work frequently with other members of the Legal and Compliance team on a matrix basis.  You will need to be flexible and show sound judgement when dealing with organisational ambiguity
•    You will be accountable for owning your own development and adopting a growth mindset; you will be open and willing to continuously improve your legal and non-legal skills
•    You will proactively seek opportunities to collaborate within and support the development of the Legal & Compliance function.  You will take the lead on functional activities across Legal & Compliance

Essential Qualifications

  • 8 years+ qualified lawyer, qualified in the Netherlands 
  • Experience at both a top tier law firm and in-house Significant experience in advising on a range of highly complex technical legal and compliance issues. 
  • The ability to work efficiently on own initiative to get things done, able to identify, focus and prioritise key legal/compliance matters, to work under pressure and manage multiple stakeholders.
  • A completer/finisher who can demonstrate work/life balance.
  • A strong and independent personality, with the ability to operate on significant issues with little supervision but being able to recognize which issues require support or escalation to the Head of Legal.
  • The capability to identify, work with and influence key internal and external stakeholders and be an effective and skilled communicator;
  • Experienced -in advising and working with senior stakeholders.
  • Recognises the importance of building effective relationships and establishing trust and a collaborative working relationship with colleagues both inside and outside of the Legal team; effectively manages and owns relationships with business colleagues and builds trust through collaboration.
  • Integrity and courage; ability to challenge effectively and to deliver tough messages.
  • Able to think laterally and has a track-record of delivering business-focused solutions.
  • Exercises good judgement and sound decision making even when not in possession of all the facts.
  • Is adaptable, welcomes change and challenge and plays an active role in designing and implementing novel solutions.
  • Ability to adapt and succeed against a background of change and uncertainty.
  • In house experience at either manufacturing or aerospace organisations.

What do we offer

You will be working in an international environment with a local culture with the following package:

- Annual salary up to a maximum of € 145.000 based on full-time(depending on work experience and expertise). 
- Possibility to earn up to 36 % bonus.
- Attractive pension.
- 30 days off.
- A flexible home working policy where you can work from home a few days a week.
- Informal atmosphere in a dynamic and ambitious department.
- Unique opportunity to work for a market leader

More Information

f you are interested, you can apply directly via the Apply Now button at the GKN career site with a CV and motivation.

If you have any questions, you can contact our senior recruiter, Bart Hermsen, for further information: 

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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