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Counsel, HSE


Rotterdam, NL, 3013 AA

Req ID:  80771
Facility:  Rotterdam-548
Department:  Legal HSE
Division:  Legal, Enterprise Risk Management and Re


This is Lyondellbasell


LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2022, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fifth consecutive year.

We have the potential — and responsibility — to use this scale and reach to make a positive impact across our value chains. That’s why we are working to make meaningful progress to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as reducing plastic waste in the environment, helping to mitigate climate change and contributing to a thriving society for our employees, the communities where we operate and the people who depend on our products.

This is the role


The HSE Counsel provides day-to-day legal support on various health, safety, and environmental matters to LYB’s global operations. This person is a subject matter expert in environmental, health and safety law, working closely with operations, site HSE, and corporate HSE, as well as other attorneys in the legal department, government relations, strategic projects and transactions, and corporate sustainability. You are expected to manage a docket of HSE legal matters and function as a strategic partner to the business, analyzing complex factual and legal issues, proactively identifying issues and advising on practical solutions. You will report to the Lead Counsel, Global HSE.

These are your roles & responsibilities


In this position you will focus on the following:


  • Provide legal advice and counsel on HSE compliance issues, including air, water, waste, hazardous chemicals, personal and process safety, product safety, and security issues.
  • Advise the company in enforcement actions before agencies with jurisdiction over environmental, health and safety issues.
  • Manage privileged investigations and provide support as needed to environmental, health, safety, and security incidents.
  • Advise on HSE legal aspects of commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Work with legal disputes team to manage and resolve disputes with third parties relating to HSE issues.
  • Keep informed of regulatory and policy developments, participate in industry associations as designated, and partner with the business to identify potential impacts and compliance strategies.
  • Manage outside counsel involved in HSE matters, including setting and maintaining budgets.
  • Provide training to HSE clients as needed. 
  • Travel may be required to sites within Europe from time to time.

This is what you bring


  • Dutch law degree or European equivalent  
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing environmental law preferred. 
  • Excellent knowledge of core European and/or EU member state environmental laws; broad-based experience including compliance counseling and enforcement defense, permitting, transactional support, and litigation.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and oral and written communication skills with experience with working in an English-speaking and/or multinational business environment.
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and technical issues to executives and non-legal personnel.
  • Negotiation, influencing, and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • A commitment to excellence, teamwork, rigor, continuous improvement and engagement.
  • Licensed to practice law in the Netherlands, France, Germany, or Italy.
  • Fluent in English and in at least one of the following languages: Dutch, French, Italian, or German

This is what we hope you will bring


  • Experience practicing environmental law at a large law firm
  • Experience in the chemical or petrochemical industries
  • Experience working with European or other international environmental laws
  • Experience advising on product safety matters (e.g., TSCA, REACH, Chemical Strategy for Sustainability)


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

This is what we offer


We offer an environment where we encourage personal and professional growth and where you will be rewarded for your performance and results. You will have the possibility to work with specialist on all fields to develop innovative solutions and to extend your national and international network. In addition, we offer you a competitive salary package. The Company's Global Remote Work Policy allows eligible employees the option to work up to two days a week from home. LyondellBasell is committed to advancing diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) to ensure a positive experience for all employees.



Please feel free to contact Dennie Verberne at dennie.verberne @ for more details. Would you like to apply? Just send us your motivation and resume via the application button. Only applications through this application button will be taken into consideration.

The recruitment process exists of an initial phone screening and business interviews before proceeding to a possible job offer. A background check will be part of the process.


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