Head of Legal (vacature gesloten) – Amsterdam


Strategic function with broad responsibilities. Key role, leading a team of international legal professionals at a successful and truly international leader in full service leasing of locomotives. Expected growth of the company will give the candidate the opportunity to make a big impact


Our client is part of one of the largest general trading companies worldwide (headquartered in Tokyo). With around 110 employees in offices in Amsterdam (Zuidas) and Munich the company is a successful and truly international leader in full service leasing of locomotives in a growing European market. The professional and enthusiastic team highly regards team spirit and open communication.

To strengthen the Legal Department, we are looking for a Head of Legal with strong interpersonal skills, for a position in Amsterdam.

The successful candidate will have working knowledge of corporate legal department processes and workflow and must be able to effectively communicate with all levels of staffers, managers, senior leaders and business partners.

He or she will build strong relationships with the various functions within the Legal Department and other stakeholders within the Group, including the technical units, service operations, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Procurement, and have experience driving organizational change.

This candidate will also have demonstrated international experience, as well as experience with risk mitigation, leading projects, including project management, and technology implementations. (note: our clients plans to continue growing its full-service locomotive leasing business, strengthening its fundamental bases (asset, function, profit, customer, organization base, etc.), and to challenge new business development. Therefore, this candidate needs international experience for a wide variety of business/projects.) This position reports to the CEO.


The Head of Legal (A) will lead a team of legal professionals responsible for driving and supporting any legal, operational, corporate, structural and strategic matter of the company. (B) Will advise to the companies operational and corporate departments as well as to the board of directors regarding any legal, operational, corporate, structural and strategic matters. (C) Will efficiently manage sophisticated international projects with respect to all legal matters.

Manage a team charged with supporting the Legal Department’s operations, including:
• Identifying and implementing methods to improve department efficiency and productivity
• Build and manage to strategic and tactical plans to address and align legal strategic priorities
• Develop, manage and implement communications approach, strategy and program for internal and external department communications
• Supervise lease, purchase or other operational contracts, as well as financing contracts (off/on balance sheet financing), and assist in negotiation of any other contract which the company enters into.
• Supervise retrofit projects utilizing national as well as EU subsidy programs.
• Supervise the external legal counsel activities.


• Degree in Law; MBA a plus
• 12+ years demonstrated experience managing or leading a legal operations team, program or function
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; ability to influence others and motivate change
• Knowledge of legal department processes and workflow
• Strong organizational and execution skills and ability to deliver to deadlines and budgets and manage competing priorities
• Strong technical and project management skills
• Strong work ethic; ability to manage a heavy workload and drive projects to completion on time
• Ability to troubleshoot issues and identify solutions
• Strategic thinker able to think big while managing the details
• Excellent writing and editing skills
• Passionate about testing new ideas, technology, etc. and innovating to drive results
• Ability to work collaboratively with all levels of employees, and in a international 12+ years demonstrated experience managing or leading a legal operations team, program or function.


• Key role with high impact, leading a team of international legal professionals in a complex and highly professional and international company in a growing European market.
• Strategic function with broad responsibilities in a dynamic environment at the crossroad of finance and technique.
• Work with enthusiastic colleagues in a close, relatively small group and at the same time make use of the advantages of being part of a worldwide concern.


Interested? Do not hesitate to send us your resume at www.hddn.nl.


More information? Contact Inèz den Nijs by phone: + 31 6 26 40 62 41 / email: idennijs@hddn.nl.