ISLEGAL Major, Lindsey & Africa

International Legal Counsel



Wessanen is a leading company in the European market for healthy and sustainable food. In 2017, the revenue was € 626 million and they employed on average 1,188 people. The purpose of Wessanen is 'connect to nature' and they focus on organic, vegetarian, fair trade and nutritionally beneficial products. Wessanen is committed to driving positive change in food in Europe. Wessanen's core brands include many pioneers and market leaders: Allos, Alter Eco, Biorg, Bonneterre, Clipper, Destination, El Granero, Gayelord Hauser, Isola Bio, Kallo, Mrs Crimble's, Tartex, Whole Earth and Zonnatura.

The International Legal Counsel will be part of the Legal team in the European region. The position is based in Amsterdam and the International Legal Counsel will report to the General Counsel & Company Secretary, also based in Amsterdam.

International Legal Counsel

You will be first point of contact for all IP related questions including: the management of the IP portfolio for the UK, Benelux, Germany and Spain, leading systematic reviews of IP needs and coverage, tracking live issues and projects on behalf of brand owners and coordinating regular reviews with brand owners and Novagraaf. Besides you will review, negotiate and terminate various commercial contracts such as sourcing agreements, distribution agreements etc. The International Legal Counsel will have an active role in setting up standard documentation. Data privacy is an important topic for Wessanen. You will ensure that Wessanen is compliant with GDPR including: monitor implementation of data privacy policies and keep policies up to date, support local data privacy ambassadors with in-depth knowledge and pragmatic solutions, contract negotiations (with suppliers), training and awareness.

You will work closely together with the General Counsel & Company Secretary, the Legal Counsels based in France and Italy and with your colleagues of the business of Wessanen across Europe.


  • Qualified lawyer or Legal Counsel with at least 5-8 years PQE
  • Proven knowledge of IP and commercial contracts
  • Knowledge of GDPR is a pré
  • Demonstrates ability to learn quickly, as well as being a self-starter and a team player
  • Good people skills to work closely with colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the International organization
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills required, Dutch, German and Spanish is a pré


Working in an international and dynamic team. Wessanen offers a competitive salary and benefits. The position may require some geographical mobility.


If you would like more information about this job? Please contact Nick Spenkelink via mail;

If you are interested, I would like to receive your CV and motivation (both in English and in Word format) as soon as possible.
Confidentiality is of course guaranteed.


Since 2001 Charlotte Kruls, Remco Abeln and Nick Spenkelink have been committed to matching the right lawyer with the right legal function. ISLEGAL is specialised in finding the perfect lawyer or solicitor for your organisation – permanent or temporary. We have many years of experience and a large network of lawyers with various ambitions and capacities. Whether it concerns a temporary or a permanent position: we look further than a CV and profile sketch to ascertain which candidate is the best candidate. Our extensive experience enables us to be aware of the underlying aspects which are important for a successful relationship between client and lawyer – in the short and long term. We are transparent in our methods as well as our costs.




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