Legal Counsel & Contractmanager Thales (Hengelo)

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on Thales. In a world that is increasingly fast moving, unpredictable – and full of opportunities, our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today. From the bottom of the oceans to the depths of space and cyberspace, we help our customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater complexity and every decisive moment along the way.

Whatever it takes. 

With 80,000 employees in 68 countries across the world, Thales masters the technologies that underpin the critical decision chains of the world’s most demanding companies and states, giving us the capacity to cover all of the digital needs of all clients, across all of our markets.

Marie-Cécile Stutvoet (Director Legal & Contracts and Chief Compliance Officer):
Being a legal counsel and contract manager at Thales surpasses the legal métier. You are in the middle of a business that is strongly driven by both safety and commerce. Often in a complex political and cultural environment. After all, the world is our stage! We follow the rhythm of our customers, which requires flexibility. Apart from commercial sensitivity, being able to identify risks ànd risk mitigating measures is of the utmost important. Those mitigating measures will hardly ever be established contractually, however. It’s up to you to find the best solutions to this ongoing challenge. Sounds like a great fit? We’d love to hear from you!

Jobdescription Legal Counsel & Contractmanager Thales (Hengelo)

Our Legal & Contracts team of Thales in the Netherlands consists of about 20 people, based in both Hengelo and Huizen. These are legal counsel, contract managers and trade compliance professionals dedicated to their jobs and the organisation. Your future Legal & Contracts coworkers deal with complex legal issues. The main part of their activities exists of assisting the capture team with the drafting, negotiation and closure of (international) contracts and the subsequent execution of those contracts in the project team. These are contracts in an often culturally and politically challenging environment – no two days are the same. 

About your future job
We established ‘self-organising’ teams to facilitate continuous learning and improvement, and give a lot of responsibility to each individual in the team. You are given a lot of flexibility in planning your workweek: we strive to work about three days a week in the office, and two days remote. As our counterparts and partners are all over the world, traveling will be part of the job.

Your activities will focus on the capturing and the subsequent execution of sales contracts. This means that you’re involved from drafting and negotiation up to the closing of a contract when all obligations from Thales’ and the customer's side have been fulfilled.

Above all, you will be a specialist within the team on certain legal topics, such as for example intellectual property, GDPR, purchasing, compliance or environmental regulations/ export control. You’ll plan and organize your tasks and projects yourself. These are often driven by the customer’s time schedule, which may change on a daily basis. This means that being flexible and able to continuously monitor and adapt your priorities is of the utmost importance. Within the Thales organisation, our colleagues in the sales and projects departments will be the ones you'll most often work with.

Requirements Legal Counsel & Contractmanager Thales (Hengelo)

You have a Bachelor's or Master's Degree in law and are looking for the second or third serious step in your career. You have solid experience at a law firm or as legal counsel or contracting specialist in a multinational company. Working in an international and challenging environment piques your interest, just as understanding the technical, financial and commercial aspects of the contracting process in a global high-tech business.

Furthermore, you have a strong and independent personality, are solution-focused, excellent in team work, able to manage different stakeholders and can set priorities. You are client-focused, have outstanding negotiating skills and good command of Dutch and English. Any knowledge of German law is a pre. A Dutch passport is a prerequisite due to contracts with the Dutch Government that are ‘Dutch eyes only’.


  • A challenging job (4 or 5 days a week) within a really great team in an international high-tech environment, with room for personal initiative and professional growth, for example in regards to technical, commercial or international skills.
  • Valuable international collaboration with coworkers from 68 different countries around the globe.
  • An open and flexible work environment where a good work-life balance is considered important. 
  • A comfortable work space in a modern environment, with a focus on flexibility and the right work life balance
  • You can usually work where and whenever you want. Within Thales, we aim for a 60/40 balance, where you work from home at least two days a week, when your role allows this.
  • A good salary, fitting travel allowance, and the ability to personalise your employment conditions: for instance, you can trade PTO for internet costs, our bicycle plan, company fitness and relocation costs.
  • 40 days off per year (PTO). Yes, really.

Diversity Statement
We actively support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions. That means that equal opportunities, inclusion and an informal culture are integral to our success. It also means that your well-being and happiness matter to us! That’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, remote working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times.

Security Requirements
In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the Netherlands and employment and/or education history. Some vacancies may require a security clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for security clearance please refer to the General Intelligence and Security Service


Does this all sounds good to you? Than please reach out to us and send your CV and we will get in touch with you. For more information about this role or our services you can contact Natascha Jonkers (06-51459535) or Desiree Mohrmann (06-51463224). Discretion is guaranteed.



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