Legal Counsel


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Veldhoven, Netherlands




3-7 years



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Published: 21 days ago Job ID: J-00261391-858

Introduction to the job

We believe digital transformation holds the key to a better future. Without microchips, there would be no smartphones, internet or modern aviation to connect us. There would be no satellites to better understand our planet, and none of the medical technology that helps to diagnose and treat disease.

ASML is a key player in the world that makes that all happen. In fact, there is a big chance ASML is part of the electronic device you’re using right now, because we are a world leading manufacturer of chip-making machines. We provide chipmakers with state-of-the-art hardware, software and services to mass produce patterns on silicon, increasing the value of a chip while making them faster, smaller and at lower manufacturing cost.

Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, we currently employ over 33,000 people worldwide, spread across 60+ offices. In 2021, ASML’s net sales added up to more than 18 billion Euro.

ASML's Legal & Compliance Department is responsible for defining and implementing ASML’s worldwide legal and compliance strategy and bears the responsibility for all ASML entities worldwide to comply with international laws and regulations, in order to minimize legal risks and to maximize legal and commercial opportunities. The Legal & Compliance Department consists of a team of highly empowered, business oriented lawyers, compliance officers, privacy professionals, paralegals and assistants, working across the globe and based in Europe, US and Asia.

ASML’s Legal & Compliance Department is organized in the Legal Business and Centers of Excellence group, the Corporate group, the Compliance group, the Privacy Office and Regional groups in Asia and the U.S. We are looking for a legal counsel to strengthen the Contracting Center of Excellence, which is part of the Legal Business and Centers of Excellence group.

Role and responsibilities

As part of the Contracting Center of Excellence (CoE) you will be involved in Contracting in the broadest sense, drafting and negotiating contracts for ASML’s worldwide organization. These may include contracts in the areas of Procurement, Sales as well as R&D. The role involves working with colleagues all over the world, from factory floor to (executive) management. You will have act as a true business partner, and will have regular contacts with ASML’s business stakeholders, as well as external suppliers and customers, among which the world’s largest and most innovative technology companies. You will also be involved in executing the Contracting CoE’s global responsibility for improvement of quality, processes and standardization in the field of contracting. This role may require you to travel to the U.S. and Asia.

The Legal Counsel will be based in Veldhoven (NL) and will report to the Head of Contracting.

Education and experience

  • Masters in Law
  • 3 - 7 years relevant experience as a lawyer in an international business environment, either as in-house legal counsel or within a law firm;


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.
To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Ability to clearly communicate and explain contractual / legal issues to non-legal clients (often with an engineering background);
  • Excellent negotiation and drafting skills;
  • Business sense, with the ability to connect and manage people and to look beyond the legal scope;
  • Multicultural and multidisciplinary experience and understanding;
  • Highly motivated and pro-active professional;
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to operate as a strong team player;
  • Your English needs to be outstanding both orally as well as in writing

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

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