Legal Counsel - Mechelen, BE

Job description

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic fast growing biotech company with offices in Europe in Belgium (Mechelen), France (Romainville), the Netherlands (Leiden) and in the US (Boston).


We’re in the business of changing lives.  In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before.  In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities.  We want to challenge the impossible.  We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters.  Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class.  In other words, we need you. 


We are looking for a Legal Counsel.


Scope of the job


To reinforce our Legal Department we are looking for a Legal Counsel with experience in commercial contracts, who will become part of our legal team in Mechelen (currently consisting of 6 in-house lawyers and 1 paralegal).  


Your role


As a legal counsel, you will take ownership of complex legal issues.  We are looking for someone who can provide high quality legal advice and propose creative approaches to business issues.


Your main focus will be on contracts and commercial law. Furthermore, on the legal aspects of clinical trials and of the discovery and development of Galapagos’ drug candidates, including the drafting and negotiation of all types of agreements that are typical for an R&D environment. Experience in IP would be an asset.


Who are you?


You are a legal professional with a Belgian Master degree in Law. You have at least 3 years of relevant experience gained at an international law firm or as an in-house counsel in an international environment focusing on the biotech or pharmaceutical industry. In addition, you have interest in life sciences and an understanding of clinical trials.


You are highly detail-oriented, rigorous, well-organized person and you are capable of handling confidential information in a discreet manner. Last but not least, you have excellent verbal and written communications skills in English and in Dutch. French knowledge is an asset.


What’s in it for you?


You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company.  You will get all the support you need to make your job successful.  At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos: together we can make it happen…!