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Country Head Legal & Compliance (Vilvoorde)

Via USG Professionals

Staat 25 dagen op Jobat.be

Novartis is a world leading healthcare company based in Switzerland providing solutions to address the evolving needs of patients worldwide. Novartis is active in more than 140 countries. More than 1,500 people work for Novartis in Belgium. Novartis has one of the biggest development pipelines due to his high level of investment in R&D.   

Country Head Legal & Compliance (Vilvoorde)


As a Country Head Legal & Compliance, you take the lead of the Belgian legal team for the Pharma Legal Entity, both for legal and compliance and you will report to the Country President Belgium and the Region Europe Head of Legal of the Pharma Division. You will also coordinate the Legal and Compliance activities of the other Legal entities of the Novartis Group in Belgium with their respective teams.

You direct all aspects of legal & compliance for the Group at country level. You will ensure the provision of legal insight and documents relevant to the business development. Furthermore, you are in charge of establishing, embedding and enforcing compliance aligned with local requirements and company policies.

You are an experienced litigator and legal manager, giving direction and providing strategic legal insight – including identification of business opportunities based on the legal framework and across different functions.  You have the litigation acumen necessary to drive successful legal outcomes when the need arises, and the ability and inclination to actively shape the law through active lobbying and publishing on Pharma related legal topics.

Your responsibilities in a brief summary are :
  • Managing the Legal & Compliance team, as well as the legal budget and cost management for the department;
  • Being an active member of the Executive Committee / Leadership team and several BU/working groups regarding compliance and legal topics and arrange cross group communication/harmonization related to legal/compliance;
  • Ensuring to be abreast of all relevant legal developments by coordinating the legal department on various topics related to the business. Included are business development, employee relations, intellectual property (licenses), litigation, corporate and governance compliance, tax and insurance compliance and contracting;
  • Focusing on a long term market strategy and planning by applying best legal practices for the country;
  • Assuring the business is supported on legal topics and ensuring a smooth collaboration towards the business, delivering high quality legal recommendations by the legal team;
  • Limiting and mitigating legal and compliance risk by decreasing risk exposure and preventing litigation in close collaborations to colleagues across the Belgian company structure and to colleagues abroad and having related processed implemented;
  • Ensuring ‘corporate compliance’ in multiple domains in close collaboration with the business and the business units, establishing compliance standards aligned with local regulations/standards and company-wide policies;
  • Ensuring the management of the entire contract and negotiation flow, including the contract negotiations up to the management of the contract management;
  • Promoting & enforcing the ethics and compliance in the organization;
  • Being responsible for the Legal & compliance group talent acquisition and (further) development, continuing the strong culture of internal Legal & Compliance.


  • You have obtained a Master in Law. A degree in Bioscience, Management or a business degree would be considered a plus;
  • You have significant working experience of at least 8 years in law practice related to pharmaceuticals and/or healthcare industry;
  • You have a strong understanding of the pharmaceutical business cycle. You are also able to draw out business implications regarding legal issues, including the mitigation and litigation related to pharma/pharma licences;
  • You are fluent in Dutch, French and English, both oral and written;
  • You have strong communication and advocacy skills. You combine a mature and convincing attitude allowing you to be both persuasive and consistent as showing ability to negotiate and find agreement;
  • You are able to proactively provide legal insight and discernment to stakeholders across function and geography. You are able to work in a matrix organized setting;
  • Strong leadership skills, and proven ability or interest in coaching and managing internal and external legal counsels;
  • You are results driven, persuasive and accurate and excellent in multi-tasking. You are also eager to comply with high standards and you have a ‘natural feel’ for ethics.


Our client offers you a challenging, international and interdisciplinary work environment.

You will have a high impact on the organization and are the ‘key player’ for all legal related topics for the country and you will be the legal partner for both the Senior Management team - as member of the Leadership team - and the business. You will have a lot of autonomy in the organization.

Corporate citizenship and investment in people are priorities. Our client offers a range of possibilities for personal development and career opportunities within the group to motivated, qualified people. As a new Head of Legal & Compliance, you will join an on boarding program provided by the Group.

Our client offers you a competitive salary and benefit package.
Your work location is Vilvoorde and Novartis supports a flexible work-life integration.

The USG Professionals  approach

USG Professionals acts as the interface between you and the company that requires your services. We are eager to take the time to get to know you and look out for your interests, finding the right opportunity for you in terms of a permanent position or a temporary assignment. You can count on your personal USG consultant steering your talents in the right direction. Drawing on his or her own legal expertise, the consultant is able to pinpoint exactly what opportunities match your skills and ambitions.

USG seeks the perfect match according to a people-centre approach. Thanks to this concept we are able to offer a solid and prominent client portfolio.

Apply today!

For further details about this opportunity please get in touch with Kristin Ex on 03 800 42 18 or via SelectLegal@usgprofessionals.be with reference KE/16/02.

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  • Functietype: Bedrijfsjuristen
  • Sector: Chemie en Pharmacie
  • Vilvoorde (standplaats)
  • Meer over het bedrijf


  • Master (Licentiaat; Universiteit of Hoger Onderwijs Lange Type)
  • Minstens 5 jaar ervaring
  • Nederlands, Frans, Engels


  • Onbepaalde duur
  • Voltijds

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