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Privacy policy for The Foundry (Search Consultants) Limited – GDPR Compliance

The Smiths Building, 179 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PL

020 7240 5115

Background information

The Foundry takes the privacy of its clients and candidates seriously. We are an executive search firm, operating across the public relations and communications sectors.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

You may decide to share some of your personal data with us when using this site if you are registering your interest for one of the opportunities that you see advertised here, or when looking for information more generally. This is entirely voluntary and it is your decision to do so; as such you are providing your consent for us to use this data for the purposes in which you have disclosed it to us.

The Foundry may access and use the information you have provided to us in order to provide you with a recruitment service in which we will use your personal data to match your skills and experience with potential employers.

We will not use your personal information for any other purpose, such as for marketing, unless we have your permission to do so.

At this point in time, The Foundry’s website does not collect or process any sensitive personal information about you specified by GDPR and needing special consideration by data controllers (i.e. your name, address, contact details etc). Any information we hold on you will be as result of you voluntarily submitting this information to us. If this changes, we will update our privacy policy accordingly.

How we receive information and how we may use it

The Foundry receives your personal data when you apply directly for an advertised role via our website; when you apply directly to be a candidate for whom we can facilitate a job search, or via a third party when you respond to a job post placed by us on a job board on behalf of a third party client.

This statement explains how we process personal data received into our organisation. When you register with The Foundry you MUST consent to us collecting and storing your personal information. You will not be able to submit your enquiry or details to us without consenting to us storing your personal data. This may include but is not restricted to your name, contact details, address, age, employment history, salary, mobility and education.

During telephone conversations and face-to-face interviews, we may collect personal information with regard to employment preferences, strengths and work experience which may be stored on your personal record. This information facilitates our ability to support your job search and to provide a basis for recommendation when short-listing candidates for a particular role. By explicitly providing consent when you register with The Foundry you are providing permission for our storage of this information. The Foundry will never share personal information or a curriculum vitae with a third party without your explicit consent.

Due to the nature of executive search and recruitment services, a significant number of candidates reconnect with our organisation periodically. It is not uncommon for this to occur years after we have placed them in a role. For this reason, your consent includes explicit consent to retain your personal details until such time as you wish us to delete your records from our database or refrain from further engagement.

If you do not consent to The Foundry storing your personal data or setting up a personal registration for you, please do not submit your curriculum vitae for any roles advertised on our website or other job sites. We are unable to process your application without receipt of consent to process and store your personal information.

Job Alerts and Career Advice

We may on occasion contact candidates stored in our database who are not actively looking for a new role. When you contact The Foundry you may be asked to tick a box indicating that you consent to us storing the personal data you have provided. By providing consent to our storage of your personal data you are also providing consent to us contacting you if we receive details of a role which specifically matches your career aspirations and, very occasionally, sending you career related information e.g. salary survey, interview advice etc.

If you do not wish to receive such information, please email

Our Promise to our candidates

We will never share our candidates’ personal details or curriculum vitae with a third party without the candidate’s explicit consent, and then we will only share the personal information with that one company or individual.

Contacting Recruitment Consultants directly

If you contact one of our Consultants directly and request they consult with you regarding your job search, or regarding a particular job role, you are giving your consent to The Foundry processing your email and the data contained within your email for lawful purposes.

By sending an updated curriculum vitae directly to one of our Consultants you are giving consent to The Foundry processing and storing that information. As referred to above, we will not share your information with any third party without your explicit consent.

Request to have personal data amended

It is likely that over time your employment history will require updating as you transition to new roles or receive promotion. The Foundry undertakes to update your registration within two weeks of receiving an updated curriculum vitae.

Under the GDPR you have the right to ask for access to your personal information. Once The Foundry has verified your identity we will provide the information you requested within 30 days.

In the unlikely event you find personal data stored about you by The Foundry is inaccurate, you must advise us immediately. We will amend your personal registration within two weeks.

Request to have personal data removed or deleted

Upon receipt of a request to delete an individual’s personal registration, The Foundry will ensure that your personal record is deleted within 30 days.

Where The Foundry has placed a candidate in a role, it is are required to retain evidence of that placing so that contractual obligations can be met by the client. The Foundry will however take steps to ensure only minimal personal data is retained and we will not make further contact with the candidate.

Where The Foundry has previously received permission to share personal information with a third party, for example for short-listing for a role, we undertake to advise that third party of your wish to be forgotten if communication has been in the last 12 months.

In the event that you wish to be erased from our database you should contact Please make it clear that you wish to be erased, rather than simply marked as no longer job-seeking.

Notification of Breaches

Whilst The Foundry does not store, or at any time request, financial information from candidates, we do store highly personal information contained within your curriculum vitae. We are aware of our responsibility as a recruiter to protect your information and to only share details with third parties upon receipt of your explicit consent. All of our systems are protected and only The Foundry’s staff and consultants working for The Foundry have access to the personal information stored in your registration.

In the unlikely event that our computer systems are compromised and there is a potential loss of confidentiality we will report this breach to you.

In the unlikely event that personal data is taken or exposed from The Foundry’s records without our consent, we will provide reports surrounding that exposure within 72 hours of being notified of such an event and take any action necessary to restore security of your personal data.


If The Foundry receives a request for access to personal information we will verify your identify before releasing your personal data to you. We will not release information to any third party.