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IP Legal Counsel

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Date: Jan 13, 2022

Location: Zaandam, NH, NL, 1506 MA

Company: Bunge

What makes you unique as a lawyer? Is it the fact that you develop your profession like no other with your passion for food industry, especially with regards to Intellectual Property (IP)? In the meantime, you already collected experience in this niche, and it is time to broaden your horizons with a global leader in Agri-Food like Bunge? 

Suitably, we can help you achieve that! The company is growing and changing, which has an impact on the legal and IP department. We are searching for our Legal Counsel IP to strengthen the new Bunge Loders Croklaan Legal Team. Interested to hear more? 

Your role as IP Legal Counsel
In this role, you will manage the global IP portfolio in order to safeguard the rights of Bunge Loders Croklaan in an economically sound manner. Your focus will be on negotiating and drafting IP agreements and handling trademarks and copyright matters. The scope of the job is ‘soft IP’, which includes brands, advertising, and domain names (patents are not a part of it). 

Since IP strategy needs to be aligned with the business strategy, it is ultimately the decision of business leaders whether to follow the advice of the IP legal counsel. Once the business decision is made, you will define the IP implementation plan and specific actions to be taken to achieve it. 

Furthermore, your IP portfolio management will include:

  • Mitigation of IP risks, exploitation of IP opportunities, and establishment of collaborative agreements with third parties;
  • Drafting and negotiating IP agreements, including joint development agreements and license agreements;
  • Supporting IP aspects of M&A transactions;
  • Managing the global IP portfolio; monitoring deadlines and maintaining all registrations; 
  • Knowledge sharing with the business & establishment of a network with trademark agents and legal experts.


Are you our ideal candidate? 
We are searching for a Dutch qualified lawyer who has gained experience in an international law firm and as an all-around in-house legal- counsel in a multinational (matrix) organization (advantage if experience in B2B and the oils and fat or commodities business) who is familiar with contract law, IP, advertising and (health & nutrition) claims. Furthermore, some of the pre-s include: 

  • Minimum of 4-6 years’ of professional experience; 
  • Hands-on mentality, stress resilient & being quick on your feet;
  • Excellent command of Dutch and English (oral and written). 


What We Offer
A key role in an organization with colleagues around the world, who are dedicated to improving the global Agri-Food value chain, one day at a time. Together, we bring food from where it’s produced to where it’s needed. We do this in an informal culture where an entrepreneurial mindset is valued. Being a global company with a constant need for innovation, a broad variety of challenges and development opportunities can support your long-term career at Bunge. We value and stimulate development through training, education and experience and offer effective/accredited tools and resources to support you in your journey.

If this description reflects your profile or ambition, we’re looking forward to see your application and motivation in English by hitting apply!

In case of questions, please reach out to Tamara Novak (Talent Acquisition Specialist at tamara.novak@bunge.com).

Acquisition by agencies is not appreciated, we do not use agencies at this moment for our recruitment. Open proposals of candidates are at own risk.


We Are Bunge


Bunge is a global agribusiness with one mission – we connect farmers to consumers to deliver essential food, feed and fuel to the world. We have unmatched global scale and deeply rooted relationships which allow us to bring innovative ingredients and knowledge to some of the world’s biggest brands – many of which are likely in your home right now. 


We know that to achieve our mission and deliver the best results to our customers, each other and the world we need to work together – so we hire talented people who are passionatebold and driven to work as One Bunge. This dedication is deeply embedded in our culture and reflected in the way we work.


Every day our people exemplify these values, which represent Bunge at its core:


Act as One Team

by fostering inclusion,
collaboration and respect

Drive for Excellence

by being agile
innovative and efficient

Do What’s Right

by acting safely, ethically
and sustainably


If this sounds like you, join us! We value and invest in people who believe in our purpose and are excited to live it every day – people who are #ProudtoBeBunge.


Bunge is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. 

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