Legal Counsel for Visma, one of Europe's leading software companies
This position has been filled. Our client, Visma, delivers software that simplifies and digitises core business processes in the private and public sector. With presence across the entire Nordic region along with Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, they are one of Europe’s leading software companies. The group consists of over 200 companies across more than 20 countries worldwide with more than 12,000 employees and 1 million customers of which 22 companies in the Netherlands. Their unique structure allows them to be close to the local markets while sharing world-class competence across the organisation. Although challenging times for everyone our client remains successful. They had eight new acquisitions in Q3, bringing the total to 23 through Q3. Among the most notable were two new acquisitions in the Netherlands, SaaS accounting provider Yuki and HRM provider Nmbrs. Together with several other units in the Netherlands, they have formed an ecosystem of complementary cloud solutions for accounting offices in the region. To ensure the further growth of the company, we are looking for a legal counsel, based in Amsterdam.
This role is a great opportunity if you want to work at a fast growing international company. As a Legal Counsel you will work on a variety of commercial matters with an increased focus on day to day legal issues. You will work alongside the Head of Legal. You are both based in Amsterdam but are able to work remotely and you will work closely with other legal counsels at the business units. The work focuses amongst other things on commercial (IT) contracting and M&A.
Off course you will play an active role in drafting, advising and negotiating various commercial contracts and all sorts of agreements, providing input from a legal and a business perspective. You will proactively serve the local businesses; identify and mitigate legal risks. You have the capacity to reduce legal risks and keep the business compliant but commercially in pace. You have the ability and consciousness to sell the legal department pro-actively by acting as a business partner providing legal support to your stakeholders and creating your own publicity.
"At Visma we take the term “pragmatic” to a higher level. Naturally I'm looking for someone with a good set of legal skills but the person should also have a natural liking for software and technology. Our main work is to support the various business units in the Netherlands with reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts and public tenders. However, you should not flinch if you receive requests in other fields, such as employment or data protection law. In addition, we are responsible for the legal part of all the acquisitions and corporate restructurings in the Netherlands. This means that sometimes we need to coordinate with external counsel but we are also taking on these projects ourselves. Working with that many stakeholders requires a strong personality, good social skills and a positive mindset. In everything you do it is important to distinguish between the must haves and nice to haves. You should not only be able to identify the important risks but also to come up with a practical solution that works for the business. Because our team is small and relatively new you have to be able to proactively and independently pick up cases and be creative and entrepreneurial when coming up with solutions."
Hjalmar Florijn, Head of Legal
• At least 3-5 years of relevant working experience as a legal professional gained at either a law firm, in combination with or solely relevant experience as in-house counsel;
• Generalist with knowledge of and experience in commercial and IT law;
• Entrepreneurial, pragmatic and a commercial thinker, ambitious, and enthusiastic to further shape the legal function;
• Able to prioritize and strike a fair balance between the legal and business reality:
• Result driven with a continuous mind-set to improve;
• Strong personality, organized, good social skills.
You get the chance to work in an ambitious, professional and growing international entrepreneurial environment in a small team of professionals, close to management and business and involvement in multi-disciplinary projects where you have an immediate impact on the business. You report to the Group Legal Counsel, an enthusiastic and energetic lawyer with a strong business attitude. In addition you will be part of an international network of legal colleagues across countries that the company operates in.