Eric Kosack

Eric Kosack

Degree
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, 2014

Current position
Legal Counsel, Marley Spoon, Berlin, Germany

I joined Marley Spoon in Berlin in March 2020, as the world was coming to terms with the seriousness of COVID-19. We were sent to work from home on my second day in the office. This seemed like bad timing, but in the end I was grateful, since many others joined the company in the following months without having ever set foot in the office or meeting their colleagues face to face. Thankfully, technology (especially Zoom) made the company-wide transition to home offices pretty much seamless.

The legal team at Marley Spoon is small – there’s the General Counsel, myself and a supporting paralegal. This means the role is very broad; I give legal advice on a wide range of topics (such as consumer law, privacy, corporate and tax), negotiate and draft contracts, and handle issues that arise with counterparties and regulators. I really value the breadth of work that the role has allowed me to explore, as it allows me to build a broad skill set, take on new challenges and enhance my commercial acumen. Working with people from so many different parts of the company – management, finance, product and marketing – I am very much in touch with the company’s strategic priorities.

Marley Spoon is a cool place to work. The company has grown to a point where you can’t really call it a ‘start up’ anymore, but it very much has that vibe. Our open plan office is in a trendy part of Berlin, and is full of young people, many of whom have a background in technology, product development or marketing.

I began my legal career at King & Wood Mallesons in Melbourne, rotating through the Technology, Disputes and Energy & Resource teams before ultimately settling in Disputes. KWM gave me great friendships and the experience of working with lawyers who are among the best at what they do.

I believe that it’s important to make a commitment to continuous learning and development. Since entering the workforce, I have undertaken many short courses and certificates, including in the areas of data analysis, energy, logic and the food industry.

Coming out of high school, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do as a career. I chose Monash because it’s a great university; and I chose business because I wanted a set of skills that would be useful in a variety of contexts, and give me some choice and flexibility with my career.

Monash University and the Business School have a lot to offer outside of classes. The highlights for me were my exchange semesters (to the University of Oklahoma and the National University of Singapore), participation in student clubs and societies, and hanging out with other students.

I was awarded the Dean’s Honours in 2014 from Monash Business School. I also won an academic prize for LAW5146 – Intellectual Property 1 (Copyright and Designs) from the Faculty of Law.

I think the most beneficial aspect of my degree was getting a solid grounding in the fundamentals of core disciplines. Understanding double entry accounting, financial statements, principles of economics, contract law and corporations law has been extremely valuable working in a commercial environment.

I had some lecturers and tutors at Monash who were both great educators and passionate about their subject areas, and were always happy to discuss concepts and ideas in detail. They were a source of inspiration for my learning at university and beyond.

"It’s important to make a commitment to continuous learning."

I am always trying to get a better understanding of how the world works. Why are things done the way they are? Is there a better way? Why do people make the choices they do? The more knowledge you can build, the easier it is to see the big picture, and develop a good approach to work and life.

Technology, innovation and unforeseen events will have a dramatic effect on business processes and models throughout the course of our lives. This will offer new challenges and opportunities to interested and ambitious people in the business world. There are many problems yet to be solved, and business, along with government and the scientific community, can play an important role in solving them. Be a part of the positive change!

Make the most of your time at university: learn as much as you can; meet people; join student societies; go on exchange; get career advice; be a mentee; be a mentor; play sports; attend campus events. University is a short period of your life – don’t let it fly by without experiencing it properly. Getting involved will enrich your overall experience as a student, and also make you more attractive as a graduate.