General Legal Counsel

Compass Group

General Legal Counsel

Compass Group

Prague, Czech Republic

What You’ll do (the role):

The Compass Group’s legal team is looking to hire a Prague based General Counsel who would report to the regional managing director of Central and Eastern Europe, and whose general purpose would be to achieve:

  • To be responsible for all legal affairs across CEE (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania) & Russia;
  • Managing and supervising a network of part-time/ad-hoc lawyers (preferably internal) in those countries – and having duties and responsibilities in the oversight of those countries as outlined below;
  • Leading commercial contract negotiation on cross country client contracts, and other higher value in-country contracts;
  • Taking ownership of and driving the legal agenda across these 6 countries for the benefit of the business;
  • To continuously improve the quality and value of the services provided to internal & external clients.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for Commercial Contract negotiation;
  • Ensuring education and compliance of relevant laws, policies & procedures to all internal stakeholders;
  • Identifying and managing risk;
  • Liaises with all internal Departments, external clients, and personnel within the multi-national company;
  • Supporting internal clients in retaining and winning business on the correct terms;
  • Anticipate when an existing contract is expiring and plan sufficiently ahead to have a suitable new contract in place before the expiry date. This will require close liaison with the Operations Team;
  • Work with the Sales Team in reviewing, advising, and negotiating new commercial contracts;
  • Review and management of the whole contract cycle e.g. ensuring that it is the legal team who are producing the contracts, that internal processes are followed, that the contract is signed, and maintaining an accurate and complete database of commercial contracts;
  • Develop working relationships with lawyers at client's establishments;
  • Attending meetings with internal clients as required at various stages of the contract cycle;
  • Develop a culture of compliance, and the GC seen as approachable to all stakeholders to discuss concerns in a solutions orientated manner;
  • Keeping up to date with relevant laws by scanning the legislative landscape;
  • Development of suitable precedent bank of contracts;
  • Codifying certain policies & procedures in writing and education of the same;
  • Training of Sales Team and Operations Team on contracts and legal developments;
  • Managing litigations;
  • Writing correspondence;
  • Interpreting existing contract provisions;
  • Supplying & summarizing contracts to internal clients;
  • Attending meetings with external clients.

Who we’re looking for:

Knowledge

  • Law degree and admitted to a Law Society/Association with a current valid practicing certificate;
  • Knowledge of the relevant laws across CEE;
  • Language skills - fluent in Czech, Slovak and English.

General Skills

  • ‘Can-do’ positive attitude, with the ability and wish to enjoy the job;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Commercially focused and output driven;
  • Able to prioritize work in an organized and calm manner;
  • Quietly confident in their ability, however confident enough to share concerns and seek support where necessary;
  • Ability to work autonomously & proactively;
  • Able to naturally develop working relationships and respect with all stakeholders.

Desirable, however not essential

  • Language skills - beneficial to also have Hungarian/Polish/Romanian/Russian;
  • Previous in-house experience, preferably in a multi-national;
  • Food/Support Services sector experience;
  • Practical GDPR experience;
  • Litigation management.

Experience

  • 10+ years post qualifying experience i.e. a law degree, a traineeship, and then 10+ years qualification;
  • Trained at a Magic Circle, Silver Circle, White Shoe law firm, or top 5 regional firm;
  • Detailed commercial contract drafting and negotiation experience.

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