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Senior Legal Counsel, Commercial & Regulatory

$107,500- $150,000
Posted May 22
Full Time

SUMMARY The Senior Legal Counsel plays a pivotal role in our legal team, contributing to advising our pet health businesses while also acting as a trusted advisor and issue spotter for a heavily regulated industry who can provide guidance on a variety of regulatory and commercial contracting matters. This position requires a legal professional with extensive experience in negotiating, drafting and reviewing complex legal contracts on matters for highly regulated industries with particular skill in regulatory risk spotting (state healthcare laws pertaining to pricing, antitrust, GPO management, intellectual property, etc.), risk management, and specialized healthcare matters. The successful candidate will provide legal advice to legal colleagues, business units as well as training on regulations, regulatory impact on contract, corporate, and operational matters in addition to handling a variety of contract negotiations and template drafting. This role involves collaboration with cross-functional teams to mitigate legal risks and support the company's growth objectives.


  • Draft, review, and negotiate sell and resell pharmaceutical product agreements, including working with specialized GPOs and/or direct product vendors on behalf of the Legal Team;
  • Provide regulatory guidance with particular focus on healthcare regulatory matters.
  • Provide guidance and counsel on corporate and operational matters with particular perspective relative to the highly regulated industry Covetrus operates in.
  • Prepare and provide ongoing training to legal colleagues on contractual and commercial aspects impacted by regulatory considerations;
  • Advise on legal issues that impact relationships between GPOs and Covetrus, Inc., including working with compliance on appropriate firewall terms and programs;
  • In coordination with the compliance department, conduct legal research and analysis on regulatory matters, providing recommendations and solutions to legal issues;
  • Serve as first point of contact for escalated matters from our paralegals on contract negotiations and review related topics;
  • Review, negotiate and manage complex and strategically important Master Service Agreement negotiations for suppliers, including technology, payment processors and professional service providers;
  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure compliance with legal requirements and company policies in the commercial agreements;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of legal strategies to protect the company's interests and mitigate risks;
  • Maintain and expand negotiation guides for indirect procurement and annotated agreements for distribution sell and resell agreements (especially as they pertain to GPOs);
  • Support and build out processes to streamline legal review, creating greater efficiencies in a lean legal team;
  • Collaborate on and lead other project-based work within the scope of the legal department responsibilities on an as-needed basis.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education and/or Experience

  • 8 plus years’ legal experience with a focus on negotiating, drafting and advising on commercial agreements for a highly regulated industry.
  • 2 plus years of negotiating healthcare agreements, preferred.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school or foreign equivalent.
  • Admitted to practice law in the relevant jurisdiction.
  • Good standing member of the US bar.
  • Background in health care corporate practices, focus on animal health or pharmaceuticals preferred.
  • Proven track record in advising business units on commercial and corporate needs as well as the regulatory impact.
  • Experience in driving process improvements to enhance legal service efficiencies for our internal customers.
  • Experience in collaborating with cross-functional departments.

Competencies (Skills & Abilities)

  • Passion for collaboration and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to provide proactive and strategic legal advice aligned with business objectives.
  • Holistic understanding of the industry and integrating legal strategies with overall business goals.
  • Proficient in concise and effective written and verbal communication.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Commercially driven with a focus on stakeholder partnership.
  • Thrives in fast-paced, business-centric environments, typical of high-growth companies.
  • Excellent self-management and organizational abilities.
  • In-depth knowledge of antitrust and health care matters in commercial agreements.
  • Passionate and positive team influencer.
  • Curiosity and the sincere desire to assist every member of the organization to succeed.

Salary may vary depending on factors such as confirmed job-related skills, experience, and location. However, the pay range for this position is as follows. $107,500.00 - $150,000.

We offer the following benefits for you to take advantage of while you are here provided you meet the eligibility requirements under each governing program: • 401k savings & company match • Paid time off • Paid holidays • Maternity leave • Parental leave • Military leave • Other leaves of absence • Health, dental, and vision benefits • Health savings accounts • Flexible spending accounts • Life & disability benefits​ • Identity theft protection • Pet insurance • Sales Positions are eligible for a Variable Incentive • Certain positions may include eligibility for a short term incentive plan

Covetrus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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