“As Senior Manager Procurement with SABIC, I had the pleasure of working closely with Jan van der Valk, in his position of Senior Legal Counsel at SABIC, during many global contract negotiations, with large multi-nationals like Siemens and General Electric. The objective of these negotiations was to conclude global framework contracts between the companies for the worldwide supply of goods and after-market services for critical plant machinery.
During these negotiations, Jan acted as a true legal professional. He always found the right balance between legal requirements and business interests. In his communication he demonstrates a constructive, solution oriented approach, always keeping the interest of his employer in mind. He actively tempts to resolve issues in a mutual sustainable manner.
Jan brings extensive legal knowledge to the table, with expertise on multiple international legal systems, or has the network to collect this. He has been the leader of SABIC’s global counsel network, a team which develops corporate global procurement contract templates.
His communication is open, in a constructive way to the point, occasionally flavored with a refreshing sense of humor. If necessary, his communication is strict and formal. He has the capability to, during contract negotiations, phrase the appropriate legal wording on the spot, with consent from all parties involved, in this way immediately solving open topics in the discussion.
As a colleague, he is always open for support, easy accessible and fast in his responses. He is very well capable of handling multiple projects and tasks at the same time.”
Senior manager procurement at SABIC