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Legal Counsel - Industrial Relations

DP World is a leading enabler of global trade, providing smart logistics solutions which connect  the worlds of business, logistics and people on the ground. Within our Logistics pillar, our core services focus on five key supply chain links: Inbound Logistics, Outbound Logistics, Fulfillment, Reverse and Repair, and Freight Management. Our business grows consistently as existing customers extend their services and new brands partner with us to design, build, and provide strategic value-added contract logistics services. Within Europe, we have operations in a wide range of countries, including France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and the UK.


We are now looking for an additional Industrial Relations Counsel who is specialized in labor law, industrial relations with Unions and codetermination rights of works councils as well as all aspects of German Labor Law on the edge between Legal and HR. In this crucial role, you will be responsible for strategic definition and enhancement of codetermination partnerships with unions and works councils, by providing in depth knowledge of collective labor law and establishing a strong network with union and employer representative associations as well as advice and support on all labor law related topics with a particular focus on the region of Eastern and South Germany. This position is hybrid and based in the area of Leipzig, Germany.


As a Industrial Relations Counsel, you will be a key strategic partner for the HR Country Cluster Lead and the European Legal Counsel Logistics while directly supporting the labor and industrial relations strategies. Furthermore, you will be responsible for developing the strategy and execution of Industrial Relations in the country aligned with the business needs.


We are a dynamic, lean and focused team. With the geographic reach we cover, we are looking for a motivated self-starter who is comfortable working independently for some aspects of the role, but equally comfortable working within the wider team on other aspects of the role. We are commercially minded and practical, and take pride in the high levels of service we provide to our business units. 


Your Key Responsibilities:

Managing Labor Law topics including employment queries, contracts, disputes, negotiations and in particular industrial relations in close cooperation with HR Business Partners and Legal Counsels of labor law with a strong focus on collective labor law and tariff policy in an complex codetermination environment.


Responsible for:
- All manner of employment queries, contracts, disputes, negotiations;
- Defining and enhancing strategic codetermination partnerships;
- Actively driving and supporting strategic union and works council relationships;

- Leading and/ or supporting negotiations with unions and works councils;
- Creating and managing topics to be agreed with unions and works councils (especially unions and group works councils);
- Supporting supervisory board meetings on HR and Labor Law topics;
- Providing in-depth knowledge and legal advice to HR Business Partners, HR Cluster Leads and business leaders regarding Industrial Relations and Labor topics;
- Providing and implementing HR policies in line with the business and HR strategy;
- Managing legal HR aspects of TUPEs and redundancies;

- Acting as an ambassador for DP World at all times when working; promoting and demonstrating positive behaviours in harmony with DP World’s Principles, values and culture; ensuring the highest level of safety is applied in all activities; understanding and following DP World’s Code of Conduct and Ethics policies.


Your Background:
• Excellent academic credentials, fully qualified lawyer or with extensive experience and knowhow in German Labor Law and Industrial Relations;
• 5+ years of relevant experience within a law firm or an inhouse position with focus on Labor Law and Industrial Relations;
• Strong transaction management skills and excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a high degree of personal and professional integrity;

• Fluent professional proficiency in the German & English language is a must, any other European language proficiency is a plus;

• Based and authorized to work in Germany  with the ability to work hybrid in our locations in the area of Leipzig;

• The ability to undertake regular business travel to our different locations In Germany as well as occassional travel within the broader European region.


DP World offers exciting and challenging roles within a growing international organization. We strive to hire and develop the right people, locally and globally; stimulating personal growth and self-development within an informal atmosphere. We offer a market competitive compensation package.

About DP World
We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end-to-end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology-driven customer solutions. Both syncreon and Imperial are part of our family. 
We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 295 business units in 78 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work. 

Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 97,657 from 158 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership. 

We think ahead, anticipate change and deploy industry-leading digital technology to further broaden our vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.

DP World is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). We strongly believe that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success and we make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief.

By submitting your resume and application information, you authorize DP World to transmit and store your information in the world-wide recruitment database, and to circulate that information as necessary for the purpose of evaluating your qualifications for this or other job vacancies.



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