Legal Counsel | VPK

Join an innovative international group with a strong industry presence. Work for a sustainable and continuously growing company based at the VPK headquarters in Aalst. Become a key member of the dynamic group legal team, leaving a lasting mark on the corporate culture. You'll take the lead for specific business units and play a crucial role in strategic projects.

What’s in it for you?

  • Be part of an innovative international group, which is performing strongly and is one of the leaders in its field;
  • Work for a future-proof company that is always growing in a smart and sustainable way;
  • Work at the headquarters of VPK in Aalst, housing the group executive committee and the group central services, including the legal department;
  • Be the missing link in the group legal team consisting of a dynamic group of colleagues;
  • The opportunity to make a lasting impact and be part of a corporate culture that values your perspectives and opinions;
  • Take the lead and the final responsibility for specific business units;
  • A pleasant and modern working environment;
  • Enjoy a motivating and competitive remuneration package, tailored to your experience and competences;
  • Achieve a healthy work-life balance with flexibility built into our culture, including partial teleworking.

What your future may hold

You will be responsible to deliver sound advice to both business units and central services at group level mainly on corporate and commercial law matters.

You participate in strategic projects such as investment and real estate projects, acquisitions and restructurings and will be responsible for designing and implementing compliance programs and hands-on training, and you proactively follow-up on new legislation.

You assist in complex intra-group projects and organise the corporate administration of the various group companies, such as minutes of the board of directors, general meetings, restructurings, incorporation and liquidations of companies...

You advise on, draft and negotiate contracts in a wide range of matters, including purchase and sales contracts, IT, agency, contracting, related party contracts, leases, investments...

You provide diverse legal advice and assistance to services departments and operational business units in all kinds of business-related matters and work proactively to ensure the efficient provision of legal services, with the assistance of outside advisors where needed, and the management of legal risks.

You will coordinate and manage outside advisors and consultants. You will interact on a regular basis with executive management but also coordinate projects with the other functional players within VPK’s organisation: Finance, ICT, HR, Tax and Operations.

You will be an integral part of VPK’s Group legal team, consisting of four dedicated in-house lawyers and a paralegal.

Your skillset

  • You have a Master’s degree in Law (EU degree);
  • You have showcased substantial expertise as a Legal professional in a law firm and/or within a company with international exposure;
  • You are fluent in both Dutch and English and you are proficient in French (spoken and written);
  • You exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills, complemented by effective negotiation abilities to both commercial and non-legal issues;
  • You have a strong team spirit with a “getting the deal done attitude” and a business mindset;
  • You are flexible, proactive and stress resilient;
  • You are risk-aware and have the ability to take initiative, making independent and pragmatic risk management judgements.

Our Client

VPK Group is a family owned leading packaging group with a long term strategy. It was established in Belgium in 1935 and has since then grown through a mix of internal growth, continuous investments in brown and greenfield projects and acquisitions from a local player to the current international supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, covering 4 product groups: packaging paper, corrugated board, solid board and tubes & edge protectors.

VPK Group creates value through the efficient use of sustainable raw materials with respect for natural resources, all within a circular business model. Next to the circularity of its packaging products, VPK Group is also continually striving to reduce the environmental footprint of its own production environments. Read all about it in VPK Group’s most recent sustainability report:

The continued growth of VPK Group is mainly the result of its long-term vision and commitment to sustainability, both ecologically and economically.

As a packaging group, VPK Group strives to provide an optimal and reliable service by paying close attention to local markets and at the same time share its expertise and knowledge across countries, in order to guarantee the best solution according to its customers’ needs.

Today, VPK Group employs 6.500 people in 70 plants across 20 countries. The headquarters are located in Aalst, Kareelstraat 108.


Apply immediately via the website or contact Fien Stepman for more information. Contact Fien by mail: or call +32 486 92 94 38.

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