Job area
Marcq-en-Barœul, France
Contract type
Permanent Contract
5 to 10 years

Job description

  • R&D topics for the Lesaffre R&D group

Supporting the Group R&D teams in their projects in human, animal and plant Health Nutrition & Baking. The candidate will advise the R&D team, and draft contracts for the transfer of biological material, provision of services, collaboration, contract manufacturing, confidentiality and negotiate and draft collaborative contracts (consortiums, FUI etc.)  

  • Legal general practices for Lesaffre B.U./regions

In general, advising the BU/region's operational teams and management in your area of expertise by guaranteeing the legal compliance of the Lesaffre BU/region's projects with regard to the legislation in force and the legal security of the company's relations with third parties.  
Supporting the operational teams in charge of the Lesaffre BU/region's activities. Analysing, drafting and negotiating any type of contracts related to a project (such as commercial & distribution, purchase, R&D), from the first stage to the signature of contracts.
Negotiating, analyzing, following up, drafting, validating all types of legal documents in these areas and manage related litigation.

  • Training Lesaffre’s employees, and creation of templates; the candidate will know how to convince operational people and to draft & communicate legal solutions easy to understand for operational people

The candidate will be reporting to the legal manager for Legal General Practice.


Education: at least Bac + 5 (level of Master II in law).
Professional experience of at least 5 years, ideally in a legal department of the food, pharmaceutical or chemical industry. 
Fluency in English is essential.

The candidate is organized, pragmatic, rigorous and have an analytical and synthetic mind. He/She likes to work in a team and have good interpersonal skills. He/She knows how to listen to your internal business partners and has business-oriented solutions. He/She has the ability to work under pressure with short deadlines. His/her writing skills and reactivity will be essential assets to succeed in this position.
He/she likes to discover & learn and knows how to find pragmatic solutions & tools as well as to, listen to, understand, & communicate easily with, the operational people.

Company description

A key global player in fermentation for more than a century, Lesaffre, with a 2,2 billion euro turnover, and established on all continents, counts 10,700 employees and more than 85 nationalities. On the strength of this experience and diversity, we work with customers, partners and researchers to find ever more relevant answers to the needs of food, health, naturalness and respect for our environment. Thus, every day, we explore and reveal the infinite potential of microorganisms.

To nourish 9 billion people, in a healthy way, in 2050 by making the most of our planet’s resources is a major and unprecedented issue. We believe that fermentation is one of the most promising answers to this challenge.

Lesaffre – Working together to better nourish and protect the planet