About The Foundry



At Leo Burnett, we′re proud to offer the chance for up to four grads to join us as trainee Account Handlers. We′re also looking for two grads to join us as trainee Planners, with no previous professional work experience required. These opportunities are pretty hard to come by as most Agencies hire Planners who have worked in another advertising department, or another industry with related skills, before.



Leo Burnett offers fresh talent an opportunity unlike any other; the chance to take ownership of their own micro-agency, The Foundry. Successful candidates work as part of an exclusive team of account handlers, planners and creatives at the heart of one of the biggest and best UK agencies, building their careers in the most exciting graduate environment in London.

Alongside intensive on-the-job training, they work on live briefs from clients across the Leo Burnett Group, learn their craft from the best in the business and provide new perspectives on every aspect of the agency process, from business problem to creative solution. This is a programme dedicated to developing the industry’s stars of tomorrow.





The Leo Burnett Group comprises Leo Burnett (Advertising), Atelier (luxury style specialists) and its brand activation partners Arc (retail and promotions), Lime (experiential) and Leo Sports (sports sponsorship consultancy). It’s really important to us that these disciplines live together and work together to create genuinely behaviour changing marketing.

What it’s all about – creating great work for our Clients:
The type of work that we do best is something that we call Imaginative Populism. It’s all about creating marketing for real people and doing it with a creativity and charisma that captures the imagination of the public. We may have produced the second most-awarded advertisement in the world in 2009 for Shelter ‘House of Cards’ but the thing that still makes us most proud is when a cabbie says how much he likes our ads.


There are plenty of ways to get involved in the Agency. The Core, is our cultural project group made up of people throughout the agency. They arrange the social side of things, whether that’s a summer party, an impromptu BBQ or the chance to win some theatre tickets. There’s also Leo Love, where you can use your talent and passion to help with a local community project and a variety of weekly news and views updates to keep you current with interesting things going on in the world and the industry. It’s no wonder that we’re the only creative agency in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2010 (see article below).


A little bit of our history…

We may have celebrated 75 years of Leo Burnett earlier this year, but just because the man himself is long gone, he is certainly not forgotten. Plenty of symbols in agency life cannot fail to remind you of our founding father – from the big, black pencils he used to use, to the apples that still sit in reception – but it is his belief in people and ideas that exists most strongly as part of our ethos today.


Leo Burnett London, Warwick Building, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8HQ

Tel: 020 77511800


12 thoughts on “About The Foundry

  1. Zia says:

    Is there a Foundry as well in Leo Burnett Philippines? I’ve been looking for informations regarding your Philippine Branch but I can’t seem to find one. Most of the time, all I see are addresses, contact numbers or blog.

    • The Foundry says:

      Hi Zia, unfortunately not to our knowledge. The Foundry is brand new and exclusive to London – but if we roll it out across the network you’ll hear about it here first!

  2. Roz says:


    I’d love to apply for Sept 2013 intake…only there doesn’t seem to be much info on how to do that.

    • The Foundry says:

      Hey Roz,

      Sorry for this extremely late reply.
      Applications are now open until the end of the month.
      So if your still interested you can find all the info you need on our facebook page.
      Should you have any more questions please ask.

      The Foundry

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, I am currently going into my 3rd year of University studying Politics and International Relations but I am looking at different Grad schemes to apply to and this caught my eye. Is there an application deadline for those wanting to apply for 2014 when I graduate? Thanks for your help!

    • The Foundry says:

      Hey Elizabeth,

      We’re sorry for our late reply.
      The deadline is the end of this month.
      So if you’d like to apply please look at our facebook page for more details.
      Any problems just ask.

      The Foundry

  4. Lana Rimboym says:

    Hello Foundry! Where can I get more information on the application process?

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hi there, when does the graduate scheme for the 2014 intake open? Super interested.

  6. wildxwonder says:

    Hi! I’m a soon-to-be graduate this year end from Singapore, and was wondering if The Foundry accepts international applicants, i.e. me? I don’t have a visa to work in the UK, but I can obtain one from another visa company sponsor!

    • The Foundry says:


      Thank you for your interest. As per in our FAQ section:

      We welcome applications from any candidate, regardless of background or country of study, in accordance with our equal opportunities policy. However, we are unable to sponsor visas for these roles and therefore you will need to have a visa to work in the UK or the relevant sponsorship from a Government Authorised Exchange.

      Hope that helps! Any other questions please get in touch.

      Best of luck,

      The Foundry

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