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Privacy Notice Applicants


The Global Applicant Tracking System is a cloud-based applicant tracking system. Edwards uses this application globally to conduct its recruitment activities and to provide job opportunities in the country you are about to apply to as well as other countries and regions. This notice will provide comprehensive information about how we will use your personal information within this System and to inform you about your rights in this regard. If you have any questions regarding the processing of your personal information in the System, please contact us via [email protected]. If you are merely a visitor to our Careers site, Edwards does not collect any personal information about you, except to a limited extent through the use of cookies as described below. However, if you are applying for an advertised position at Edwards, we collect information about you when you create a Candidate Profile in the System. The provision of your personal information is optional at any time. However, please be aware that your refusal to provide us with your personal information or to process it in the System may result in Edwards not being able to carry out any activity related to your recruitment in this online environment.


This privacy notice explains how Edwards – regardless of nationality or residence - handles the personal data of:

  • Any natural person who applies for an advertised job vacancy at Edwards
  • Any natural person who applies spontaneously with the intention that his/her resume will be included in Edwards's database intended for recruitment and selection 
  • Any natural person whose resume was passed on to Edwards through a third party by a recruitment firm or by recommendation. 

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’). An identifiable natural person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. Special categories of personal data means personal data in the following categories: ethnic or racial origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, gender, sexual orientation, biometric data where processed to uniquely identify a person, genetics, criminal convictions.

Data controller

The data controller for your personal information is the Edwards entity which is responsible for the advertised position and to whom you address your application. It is possible that Edwards entities may be jointly responsible for your personal information if you submit applications to multiple Edwards entities via the System. Edwards licenses the System from SAP SuccessFactors, 1 Tower Place, Suite 1100, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA (“SAP SuccessFactors”). SAP manages the system on behalf of Edwards for the benefit of Edwards entities globally. The servers which host the system are owned by SAP and situated in Rot, Germany.

Categories of personal data

To be able to apply for our career opportunities, you need to create an account into the System. This “Candidate Profile” requires a valid e-mail address as a login, along with other information, some of which is mandatory. Mandatory information will be marked accordingly. Your e-mail address allows us to communicate with you if your qualifications and/or preferences match job opportunities, or if you opt to receive automated notifications of job postings at any Edwards entity. Your Candidate Profile also makes it possible for you to access the System to monitor the progress of your application or to amend your personal details should you wish to do so.

During the different stages of the recruitment and selection process, Edwards may process – to the extent necessary and permitted by local law - the following personal data:

  • Personal identification information such as your name, home address; 
  • E-mail address and phone number; 
  • Work-related information such as current job title and responsibilities, previous positions and professional experience, reason for leaving; 
  • Position(s) previously applied for (at Edwards) and job preferences, how you heard about the position; 
  • Compensation and benefits information such as (gross) salary and salary package expectations; 
  • Educational and training information such as educational awards, certificates and licenses, in house training attendance; 
  • Performance related data such as objectives, ratings, comments, feedback results, career and succession planning, skills and competences and other work-related qualifications; 
  • Information needed for compliance and risk management such as disciplinary records, background check reports and security data; 
  • Data relating to mobility (driving license, transport options); 
  • Your willingness to travel if the applied position so requires; 
  • Immigration, right to work and residence status; 
  • Government-issued identification numbers such as national ID, social security number; 
  • Family and emergency contact details; 
  • Payment related information, including identification and bank account numbers; 
  • Data resulting from professional competence and skills assessments; 
  • Data obtained from a personality test.

In addition, we may need to collect special categories of personal information from you at a later stage in the recruitment process if local employment laws or regulations require us to do so, such as:

  • Health certificates for a specific function, a function with increased caution or an activity with a specific risk; 
  • Criminal convictions and prosecutions (for certain safety functions and/or in certain countries); 
  • Religious beliefs (in certain countries); 
  • Biometric data such as photographs with the purpose to uniquely identifying a person.

Purposes of processing

Edwards will only collect and process your personal data to the extent necessary for the purposes of recruitment and selection. Your personal information is processed in the System so that Edwards’ recruitment teams can consider and manage your application for the advertised position and to contact you. Your personal information will be used by Edwards to build the global talent pool database. This will include planning and monitoring recruitment campaigns and notifying you from time to time of current vacancies. Edwards does not collect or compile personal information obtained by this System for dissemination or sale to outside parties for consumer marketing purposes or host mailings on behalf of third parties.

Legal bases for processing

Edwards processes above stated personal data on the following legal bases: 1) You have expressly given your consent e.g. by providing us with your resume, certificates, etc. 2) The processing is necessary for the performance of the contract e.g. drawing up employment contract 3) The processing is required by law e.g. recruitment for a safety function may require certain certificates by law. Specific cases will always be explained in a separate interview. 4) The processing of your data is necessary to protect the legitimate interests of Edwards with a view to a proper assessment of your application, provided that the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the applicant do not outweigh the legitimate interests of Edwards e.g. forwarding your contact details to assessment centers for conducting additional tests, forwarding your data to other Edwards entities that may be interested in your profile.

Applying for a job outside of your home country

If you wish to apply for a job in a country outside of your home country, we may need to ask you questions that are specific to the country where the job is located. This is because in certain countries, before we can offer someone a job, we have to ask certain additional questions. These questions will be relevant and necessary for the job advertised and consistent with our values.


If you provide any information in relation to third parties or referees, you are responsible for obtaining their consent and ensuring they are aware that their details will be forwarded to, and used by, Edwards.

Recipients of personal data

Access to your personal information is limited by need. All recruitment staff within Edwards worldwide have access to your profile on the database and are able to match your details to current vacancies. 

SAP can access your personal information as is necessary to perform its functions but may not share any information without first obtaining permission from Edwards. From time to time, in addition to SAP, we may need to share your personal information with other third parties. However we will only disclose your personal details for the following reasons:

  • When it is necessary to involve a third party service provider in order to facilitate or extend recruitment services, as we do today with SAP. 
  • When explicitly requested by you. 
  • As required by a court order or any other legal or regulatory requirement.

International transfers

Because Edwards is a global company with locations in many different countries, we may transfer your Personal Information from one legal entity to another or from one country to another in order to accomplish the purposes listed above. We will transfer your Personal Information consistent with applicable legal requirements and only to the extent necessary for the purposes set out above. Within Edwards, Personal Information is transferred subject to the same rules and levels of security. If required, data processing agreements will be in place to ensure the necessary level of protection. Edwards relies on available legal mechanisms to enable the legal transfer of Personal Information across borders. To the extent that Edwards relies on the standard contractual clauses (also called the model clauses) to authorize transfer, Edwards will comply with those requirements, including where there may be a conflict between those requirements and this Notice.

Edwards will not sell or otherwise share your Personal Information outside Edwards, except to:

  • service providers Edwards has retained to perform services on our behalf. Edwards will only share your Personal Information with service providers whom Edwards has contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements; 
  • comply with legal obligations, including but not limited to, in response to a legitimate legal request from law enforcement authorities or other government regulators; 
  • investigate suspected or actual illegal activity; 
  • prevent physical harm or financial loss; or 
  • support the sale or transfer of all or a portion of our business or assets (including through bankruptcy).


Edwards will retain your personal information as long as necessary to achieve the purposes for which it was collected. If you are given and accept an offer of employment by Edwards, personal data collected during your pre-employment period will become part of your Edwards personnel records, to be retained throughout and for a period after your employment. You will be further informed of the processing of your personal data by Edwards within the framework of personnel management and payroll administration at the time of employment.

If Edwards does not employ you, Edwards may nevertheless continue to retain and use personal data collected during the recruitment process in order to consider you for new positions, and, if appropriate, to refer back to an earlier application if you submit a resume or other information to Edwards again in the future, as well as for system administration and to perform research and analysis.

Edwards determines the retention period of your information based on the following retention criteria:

  • Edwards retains your personal data as long as it has an ongoing relationship with you; 
  • Edwards retains your personal data where it is required to do so by a legal obligation to which it is subject; 
  • Edwards retains your personal data where this is advisable to safeguard our legal position (for instance in relation to statutes of limitations, litigation, or regulatory investigations).

Applicant’s rights

In addition to our commitment to transparency and this notice to applicants in order to respect the right to be informed, we also respect the following rights:

  • You have the right to obtain without constraint at reasonable intervals and without excessive delay or expense a copy of all data relating to you that are processed. 
  • You have the right to obtain the rectification or update of inaccurate or out-of-date personal information. 
  • You have a responsibility to ensure you submit accurate information into the System and keep it up to date. This can be done via the "Candidate Profile". 
  • You have the right to erasure of personal data. 
  • You have the right to object, at any time on compelling legitimate grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of your personal data, unless that processing is required by law. Where the objection is justified, the processing must cease. 
  • You may have the right to request data portability. Data portability is the provision of your personal information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable form so that it may be transferred to another company easily. The right to data portability is subject to restrictions i.e. data portability does not apply to paper records and must not prejudice the rights of others or sensitive company information. 
  • You have the right not to be subject to decisions based solely on automated decision making if those decisions produce legal effect or significantly affect you. 
  • You have the right to withdraw any consent previously granted for a specific purpose, if consent is the legal basis for the processing of your personal information. 

We respect these rights and have processes in place to recognize and respond to individuals wishing to exercise these rights. You may request to exercise any of these rights through your local human resources contact or via [email protected].


Edwards is committed to making sure that your personal information processed in the System is kept secure and has implemented appropriate technical measures and security policies that protect the information it has under its control from:

  • Unauthorized access. 
  • Improper use or disclosure. 
  • Unauthorized modification. 
  • Unlawful destruction or accidental loss. 

All Edwards personnel and any third parties which Edwards engages to process your personal information are obliged to respect the confidentiality of your information.


When you visit our website, we may send “cookies” to your computer. A cookie is a small text file or piece of data that a website that you visit can place or save onto your computer. Cookies do not themselves contain any personally identifiable information. However, if you provide such personally identifiable information to us, such information may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. There are two types of cookies. The first type saves a file for a longer period of time onto your computer, and it can remain on your computer after you shut it off. Such cookie could, for example, be used to tell a visitor what information on the website has been updated since his or her last visit to that website. The second type of cookie is called “session cookie.” While you are visiting a website, session cookies are temporarily stored in your computer’s memory. This could be done, for example, to keep track of what language you have chosen at the website. Session cookies are not stored for a long period of time on your computer, since they disappear when you close your web browser. We may use third parties to assist us in collecting or processing information obtained through cookies.

We may use cookies for a number of reasons, such as:

  • to compile anonymous statistics related to patterns and trends of browsing;
  • to user adapt website content or functions;
  • to provide assistance to, or track site visits of users, of certain Internet-based services;
  • to enable users with passwords to re-enter certain web pages without having to re-type previously typed information.

How to Avoid Cookies: With most Internet browsers, you can set the browser to block cookies, erase cookies from your computer hard drive, or notify you that a web page contains cookies before a cookie is stored. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about these functions. Please note that some of our web pages may not work properly without the use of cookies.

Privacy concerns and how to contact us

If you are concerned about an alleged breach of privacy law or any other regulation by Edwards, you can contact [email protected]. An Edwards Privacy Officer will be made available to investigate your complaint and give you information about how it will be handled. If we do not address any of your requests, or fail to provide you with a valid reason why we are unable to do so, you have the right to contact supervisory authority to make a complaint. You can find your local supervisory authority at following link

Changes to our privacy notice

Edwards may change this data privacy statement, should it become necessary to do so. This notice may also be supplemented by other statements as needed to comply with local requirements in the country where you live or where employee representation agreement exists.