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), Switzerland (Basel) 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: The ‘make-it-happeners’. 


For our site in Mechelen, Belgium we are looking for a Legal Counsel


Scope of the job

Would you like to be part of a young and growing legal team in an exciting company with a great future providing legal support to the R&D department?

For our Legal Department we are looking for a Legal Counsel with experience in drafting research agreements, who will be part of our legal team at HQ Mechelen. 



Your role

Do you have firsthand experience in negotiating and drafting agreements that are typical for an R&D environment? Are you familiar with the legal aspects of the discovery and development of drug candidates?

You might be the person we are looking for!

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 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 2 to 3 (ideally 4 to 5) 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 you have a proven experience in drafting research agreements. Working in an international environment makes you happy.


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…!