Paralegal/Junior Legal Counsel

To strengthen the team Intellectual Property/ Legal Affairs we are currently looking for a customer-oriented and enthusiastic:

Paralegal/Junior Legal Counsel

Vacancy number 22.011

In this position you will execute and support legal affairs aimed at safeguarding KeyGene’s business and legal interests in line with KeyGene’s strategy.

This role offers the unique opportunity to support and contribute to KeyGene’s global innovation and business ambitions. You will work and grow in close collaboration with the in-house legal counsel and the other team members as well as co-workers in other departments, like Business Development. This professional and enthusiastic team is led by the Head of IP & legal affairs. The team consists of a corporate legal counsel, a patent attorney trainee, an information specialist and a secretary.


As Paralegal you will assist in drafting, reviewing, revising and negotiating various types of contracts including secrecy agreements, terms of conditions and standard contracts including R&D, service, IP and HR contracts. You will keep oversight of the contract process you ensure a lay-out, technical and grammatical correctness of written legal communication in line with the defined and approved KeyGene requirements. You will advise and assist with additional legal and compliance projects and duties, as necessary. Also, you will recommend improvements and innovations to contracts. Keeping the IP and Legal Affairs’ databases up to date and safeguarding an adequate filing and administration is crucial to work and collaborate effectively.

As legal affairs has a central position in the company, you get a nice overall picture of everything that is going on in the organization

Your profile

Analysing, simplifying, applying and recording complex matters clearly belong to your strong points. You are solution-oriented, have a ‘get & go’ attitude and you feel responsible for achieving objectives. You get energy from changes and improvements and you know how to communicate well with other departments and (in- and external) stakeholders, both in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

In addition, you:

  • have a bachelor or master’s Dutch law degree and preferably a few years of relevant work experience in an international environment.
  • excellent analytical skills and have good communication skills.
  • are fluent in English and Dutch, written as well as spoken.
  • are customer and quality oriented.
  • feel at ease in a rapidly changing environment.
  • are both a team player and someone who can work alone very well.
  • possess organizational skills, which are essential to effectively manage key dates and meet deadlines.
  • have a flexible and pro-active approach.
  • are able to work on own initiative but under supervision.

Our offer

KeyGene offers growth through learning-on-the-job and via courses in a vibrant, highly innovative and ambitious research company where you will be able to contribute to the company’s internationally recognized position in plant research. Next to this, the position of Paralegal will enable you to gain in-dept knowledge about KeyGene and build a network throughout the organization.

You will be working at the inspiring and pleasant headoffice of KeyGene in Wageningen, a worldwide renowned centre of agricultural research and innovation. Besides this, you will be facilitated to work in your ‘home office’.

More information

Are you interested in this challenging position in a highly innovative and ambitious research company?  We have assigned Employment Services for the search & selection for this role. You can apply for this position on their website: by uploading your CV and a short motivation letter. They will let you know as soon as possible if you will be invited for an interview.

Would you first like to learn more about the organization or the position? Please contact Janine Trompetter by telephone (06-29472010) or e-mail (

 We are aiming at completing the recruitment process before the 1st of August 2022.