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Legal Counsel - Central Eastern Europe

NOVIKO s.r.o. is part of the Covetrus Group, a leading global company providing products, technologies and services for animal and pet health care. Covetrus supports the successful business development of veterinarians, pet supply stores and others in the industry. Headquartered in the U.S., Covetrus employs more than 5,000 people in 25 countries.

Job description

  • Provide practical legal advice and support across a range of business functions in the CEE region and on a pan-European level.
  • Draft and negotiate commercial contracts, e. g. purchase, distribution and service contracts, IT contracts, Terms and Conditions, Data Privacy agreements.
  • Assist in all company matters including commercial, competition and employment.
  • Support in Corporate Housekeeping.
  • Work towards set up and continuous improvement of contract templates and processes.
  • Assist in implementation of policies, procedures and best practices.
  • Monitoring and reporting of latest legislative and judicial developments.
  • Work cross-functionally with all internal stakeholders, including the finance, HR, IT, distribution, procurement and marketing teams.
  • Develop and hold training sessions for local teams on various legal topics.
  • Efficiently collaborate with outside counsel where appropriate.


  • Qualified lawyer in Czech, or in one of the EU countries, excellent academic credentials, international LL. M. is a plus.
  • Substantial relevant experience with a top law firm or in-house legal department of an international Company (7 or more years).
  • Significant exposure to sophisticated commercial, employment, competition, and corporate law as well as GDPR matters. Wholesale or pharma industry is a plus.
  • Experience of working internationally and remotely across numerous locations ideally within a matrix organization.
  • Ability to comprehend business issues, identify legal topics in business transactions and provide legal practical recommendations and business considerations.
  • Excellent time management, communication, decision-making, presentation, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to process a high volume of work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fluency in Czech and/or Polish and English is required. Other language skills in another European language is an advantage.
  • Team player, self-driven and hands on, with a strong sense of responsibility and ownership.

Our offer

  • Great opportunity to support directly the expansion of the company that is already well established, but best years are yet to come.
  • Your job will be challenging but fulfilling and will definitely extend your comfort zone.
  • And something extra: flexible working hours, 25 days of vacation, paid time off on your birthday, hybrid model (office vs home-office) , company events (barbecue, Christmas party), meal vouchers, discounts on company products, discounts with our partners (mobile operator, banks, car manufacturers), free flu vaccination once a year, extra bonuses on wedding or birth of a child, tasty and unlimited coffee at the office :)

Are you interested in the position and do you meet the above requirements?

Then definitely send your CV! We are looking forward to!


Contact details

Jan Trnavský, HR Director - CEE
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Adresa: Palackého třída 163, Brno, 612 00

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Jan Trnavský

Jan Trnavský
HR Director CEE

František Holík

František Holík
HR specialista

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HR administrator