Commercial Legal Counsel | The Hague

Keen to contribute to deals for sustainable partnerships? Join TNO as Commercial Legal Counsel!


Den Haag

Education type

university (wo)



Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

The researchers and business developers within our units rely on your legal knowledge and skills. You support the organisation in the drafting of highly complex and/or high-risk contracts. In addition, you act as a sounding board and advisor for the project leaders and managers of the units in question. You seek to strike a good balance between commercial opportunities and risks. You analyse the conditions for both risks and opportunities, and help to draw up contracts and proposals ensuring that they comply with the Dutch and European legislation and regulations as well as the TNO guidelines and procedures. You work on the basis of your expertise and ensure that the business representatives know where to find you and risks are properly assessed and (where necessary) mitigated.

You are a member of the Intellectual Property & Contracting department, which allows you to tap into the versatility of TNO to the full. Every project is different and therefore requires customised legal work. We have different teams for different business units. In the long run, his flexibility will certainly allow you to broaden your horizons. At first, you will work exclusively from home. However, as soon as it is once again permitted, you will regularly work at the locations where our research takes place: Delft and Utrecht.

What do we require of you?

You are a lawyer with a wide range of interests who enjoys complex projects and technological innovations. In this framework, you proactively involve the right people and keep a close eye on all interests, both those of your colleagues in the TNO units and the organisation as a whole. While seeking a balance between those different interests, you act in a flexible yet steadfast manner. This makes you a valued sounding board for our business.
What else are we looking for in the successful candidate for this role? 
  • A university-level education, with at least a Master’s degree in Dutch law.
  • 3 years of experience in drafting and reviewing complex contracts, preferably for public-private partnerships and intellectual property;
  • Technical affinity;
  • An excellent command of both Dutch and English (both at least level B1).

What can you expect of your work situation?

At TNO we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been developing knowledge and technology for the common good. We all share the same sense of wonder and ingenuity, and we are driven to push boundaries. At TNO, we offer you all the scope and support you need to nurture your talent and ambition. You will work with like-minded people who inspire you and are eager to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to help you realise your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes all the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to the life of tomorrow.

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What can TNO offer you?

The work is challenging and varied. And with lots of opportunities, because at TNO, you are to a large extent in charge of your career. Besides a gross monthly salary between  € 3.700,- en € 5.500,- (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday allowance (8%) and a thirteenth month (8,33%) and a flex budget (5,58% + € 180,-), you will have ample possibilities to develop yourself.

At TNO, you can also put together your own ‘menu’ of terms of employment that suits your individual situation. Whatever you expect:
  • A good pension scheme.
  • Travel allowance or a bicycle.
  • An extremely professional, innovative work environment, with high-calibre experts as colleagues. 
  • 28 days of holiday and 5 ATV days (additional days of paid leave on the basis of full-time employment).
  • Fun (virtual) activities with your team, site, and the whole of TNO. This will help you to quickly get to know many of your colleagues.
  • Flexible working hours and the option to work from home 
  • Possibility to follow courses, training and workshops and to attend conferences or receive any coaching you may need.
Read here which terms of employment you can choose from.

Application process

Please apply before May 9. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on May 19. The second interview round has been scheduled for May 26. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package. We aim to finalize the entire process within four weeks. 

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Recruiter: Lara Dimitrovski
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-507 40690

Hiring manager: René Houben
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 65371

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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