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Senior Legal Counsel Europe (m/f/d)


Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, DE

Job ID:  17505
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Fixed term
Talent Area:  Finance, Legal, and Tax

Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading food, beverage, and consumer care brands. Ardagh Group has a truly global presence. We operate 50+ metal and glass production facilities in 12 countries, employing approximately more than 16,000 people and have global sales of more than $6.7bn.

We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated. We are creating an exciting future for Ardagh that is built on our core values of trust, teamwork and excellence and we have opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines across our organisation.

Senior Legal Counsel Europe (Bonn or Nienburg)


Role Description


As a member of Group Legal & Compliance, to ensure the prompt delivery of accurate legal advice in the fields of corporate, contract and general commercial law as well as compliance and litigation related matters.


To manage the corporate housekeeping of a number of the group’s European subsidiaries and to ensure their overall compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.  Key contact for the drafting and review of the groups’ sales contracts in Europe.  To provide legal advice to the business in relation to claims and litigation matters of the group’s subsidiaries in the concerned jurisdictions that the position is responsible for.


Key Responsibilities


  • Implementation and continuous improvement of the group’s core legal principles in all sales agreements in Europe, including the preparation and review of global framework agreements;
  • Alignment on sales agreements within Group Legal & Compliance globally;
  • Ongoing training to the European sales teams of the group on contract law and the group’s contract and compliance policies;
  • Corporate housekeeping of a number of the group’s European subsidiaries;
  • Management of litigation and support in claims handling in the concerned jurisdictions and supervising the external counsel;
  • Legal advice to specific projects including financing, acquisitions as well as set up and closure of plants;
  • Dawn raid trainings in the concerned jurisdictions.
  • Responsibility in intellectual property & patents




  • German Law Degree; additional degree in a continental European jurisdiction a plus
  • At least 10 years of professional work experience in an international environment on working on commercial matters. 
  • Expert knowledge in contract law
  • Legal generalist with capacity to adapt quickly to new fields of law/jurisdictions
  • Additional language skills are a distinct plus
  • Strong intercultural competences to interact with a team of lawyers of different jurisdictions
  • Strong communication skills to interact with commercial and operational teams
  • Experienced knowledge in intellectual property & patents


The role will require regular travel.


What we offer


A truly international role within Group Legal Europe working for a dynamic, ever growing and changing business against a competitive salary (incl. bonus).

Our Vision and Values
The people that make up Ardagh Group share much more than a strong brand and an excellent reputation. We each share a common vision: to be the preferred packaging partner to the world’s leading brands. We will achieve our vision by delivering customer innovation, providing an inspirational environment for our people and creating sustainable value for our business through its growth and development.

For more information on Ardagh Group, visit www.ardaghgroup.com.