Legal Counsel Real Estate

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Legal Counsel Real Estate

Decathlon is a globally recognized sports retailer committed to making sports accessible to all. With a strong focus on sustainable development, innovation, and community engagement, Decathlon aims to lead by example within the sporting goods industry. As part of our ongoing commitment to develop our business, we are looking for a legal counsel real estate. As legal counsel real estate, you support the real estate and expansion teams. You will become part of a driven legal team of 6 people responsible for all legal topics within the retail, corporate and online activities of Decathlon Netherlands.

Full-time · Amsterdam

Your job

As legal counsel real estate, you will work closely together with our real estate and asset management departments on all real estate related matters across the Netherlands. Your focus will be working on development matters (real estate sale and purchase agreement, lease agreements, investment agreements, construction agreements, procedures to obtain permits, etc.) and asset management matters (management of leases, maintenance agreements, supplier contracts, etc). You will also provide our real estate and asset management team and our store leaders with legal support.

You contribute to the professionalization of the legal department, including developing and updating legal templates, providing training and identifying relevant legislation and developments.

No day is the same. You have a wide playing field. You are not only in contact with national stakeholders, but also with international colleagues. There is plenty of room to work independently and we value a good balance between work and private life. Your team consists of 6 legal colleagues, divided into areas of interest such as commercial contracting, employment law, privacy and compliance. There is an open atmosphere with plenty of room to discuss and exchange experiences.


  • Support the real estate team and the expansion team with the drafting, negotiating and reviewing of development agreements (i.e. construction agreements, service agreements) and real estate related agreements (i.e. lease agreements, maintenance agreements, supplier contracts)

  • Providing legal support on real estate and asset management matters for all relevant departments and stores as well as with procedures (such as obtaining permits, sustainability initiatives, interpretation of zoning and further relevant issues, procedures)

  • Optimize internal processes by drafting standard procedures and templates

  • Monitoring deadlines, managing litigation and disputes related to real estate and asset management

  • Following the real estate related governances and required follow ups with our international development team as well as responding to their direct queries

  • Partnering with our commercial legal counsel in assisting other departments to draft, review and negotiate all sorts of commercial agreements, where necessary.

What we offer

At Decathlon we not only believe in sports as a lifestyle, but also in creating a stimulating working environment where colleagues with a passion for sports can enjoy exercising together. Job satisfaction is our priority and we promote a great sports culture in which you can be yourself and share your passion for sports. In addition, we offer:

  • A gross salary between €4.000,- / €5.500,- depending on your experience and based on a 38-hour workweek.

  • 8% holiday allowance, a possible monthly bonus, 24 holidays, a company phone (or net allowance), a laptop, a pension scheme and travel allowance (shuttel card).

  • 20% discount on our own brands. Whether it concerns sportswear, shoes or equipment, you benefit from great discounts on the products that support your sporting adventures.

  • Acces to our training platform Decathlon Academy.

  • Acces to our Decathlon shareholding plan: We believe in sharing success with our employees and offer you the opportunity to become a co-owner of our successful company.

  • Decathlon encourages a healthy mind in a healthy body. That's why we offer access to the 'Open Up' platform, where you can find professional support for mental and physical challenges in both your work and private life.

  • We organize great events such as an annual event where all your colleagues from the Netherlands come together for a day full of sports, fun, food & drinks and a dance! An annual ski trip is also organized for which you can register. 

What we expect from you

  • A passion for sport and working on site

  • Fluency in Dutch and English, French knowledge is an advantage

  • Master's degree in Dutch law

  • Approximately 3 year's relevant real estate legal experience as a lawyer or as in-house legal counsel

  • Skills in drafting and reviewing development, lease and other real estate development and/or asset management agreements

  • Skills is drafting and reviewing commercial agreements

  • Proactive and hands-on attitude

About Decathlon

Decathlon is much more than just a sports retailer. We are an international sports community with a mission to 'move the people through the wonders of sport' regardless of age, background or experience. As the market leader in sports retail, we are constantly evolving and continuing to grow.

Read more about our commitment to sustainability

At Decathlon we are committed to improve our way of working and take responsibility for our activities. We invest in multiple initiatives that help us reduce waste and extend the life cycle of our products such as selling second hand products, renting sports equipment, buying back used products and repairing and maintaining sports products.

Application process

  • Apply now by sending your cv and motivational letter

  • Telephone acquintance

  • First interview

  • Second interview

  • Contract proposal

  • Welcome at Decathlon!

Apply now and become part of our sportif and passionate team at Decathlon! Do you have any questions about this role, please contact