Legal Counsel (m-f-d)

Level: Manager
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline: 08 January 2023
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The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are currently looking for an engaged and committed Legal Counsel to join our centralized Legal Department.

The Scope

The energetic team of the Legal Department supports all legal and compliance aspects of the FSC Group and advises FSC’s management and its specialized departments in their daily business affairs. The overall scope covers a variety of law fields, including contract and commercial law, private, international, labor and competition law, antitrust regulations, intellectual property and licensing, corporate and tax law, and also IT, tenancy, insurance, public and environmental law.


Main Role and Responsibilities

You are a generalist with special interest in contract and commercial law and compliance related work fields with an international orientation. You are able to support in a variety of legal matters, with a direct reporting line to the Senior Legal Counsel (Programme Manager for Corporate Affairs & Compliance). You are confident to cooperate with different stakeholders to reach practical and service-oriented solutions.

The responsibilities and tasks as Legal Counsel include the following:

  • Preparation of legal assessment reports and carrying out research activities.
  • Drafting and reviewing of contracts and preparing new contract templates for recurring use.
  • Support in the enforcement of FSC’s intellectual property rights especially false claims cases conducted by certificate holders.
  • Support on disputes including but not limited to company ending disassociations.
  • Support and develop new legal compliance programmes, e.g., in light of corporate, labor, antitrust and data protection law etc. applicable to an international organization.
  • Training and guidance to members of other departments of the FSC Group including the wider global network.
  • Cooperation with and substitution of other members in the Legal Department.
  • Individual projects as assigned by the Senior Legal Counsel or the Head of the Legal Department.


Qualifications, Experience and Skills


Education and Training:

  • University degree in law, e.g., LL.M., J.D. For lawyers educated in Germany: Second State Examination.
  • Professional experience as an attorney in a law firm or in-house counsel in a legal department of an international organization is a strong advantage, but highly qualified graduates from law school are welcome to apply.

Working Experience, Style and Skills:

  • Experience in dealing with authorities, courts and law firms is highly desirable, but highly qualified graduates from law school are welcome to apply.
  • Quick cognitive ability and good time management skills: ability to perform well while handling simultaneously several functions.
  • Service-oriented attitude to work focusing on solving legal challenges with a strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
  • Proven ability to plan and organize work proactively. Experience in project management is a big plus.


  • Fluency in English and German (spoken and written) is required as being FSC’s daily working language for the Legal Counsel.
  • Spanish and/or French is an advantage.

Computer Skills – good skills in the use of/experience with:

  • Good skills in the use of the standard software packages, in particular MS Office 365, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience with Dynamics 365, MS SharePoint, MS Vision and MS Project is helpful.
  • Experience with contract databases or general knowledge management platforms is an asset.
  • Ability to work as a team player in a multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary and multi-lingual team.
  • Strong motivation and dedication to support FSC’s values and mission through excellent individual performance.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany. Sporadic travel may be involved.
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.
  • Duration of contract: 2 years with a possibility for extension.
  • Working Hours: Full-time - 40 hours per week

We are seeking to fill a full-time (40 hours/week) position with one or two suitable candidates. Therefore, we encourage candidates looking to work Full-Time (40 hours/week) as well as candidates seeking a Part-Time (50%) position to apply. Please make sure, that you indicate your availability accordingly in your application.



How to Apply

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English.

Please do not send any photos of yourself.

The deadline for applications is 08 January 2023 (at 21:59 (CET)).

We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your spam filter and if you cannot find it there contact us at


For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability. 


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We are looking forward to your application!

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