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 be your role?

The researchers and business developers within our unit CEE (Circular Economy & Environment) and ICT 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: Utrecht, Delft and The Hague .

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from 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.
  • Preferably for public-private partnerships and intellectual property;
  • Technical affinity;
  • An excellent command of both Dutch and English (both at least level B1).

What you’ll get in return

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  € 3.800,- en € 5.990,- (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.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world.

Read more about TNO as an employer.

The selection process

Please apply before January 29, 2022.The selection process comprises two interview rounds. The preliminary interview takes place on February 1, 2022. The second interview round has been scheduled for February 3, 2022. 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 job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.

Recruiter: Eric Atuahene
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6 187 22044

Hiring manager: Barbara Schreuder
Phone number: [email protected]

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


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