René Wagner, Chief Innovation Officer

Helping our teams build products that endure

The central objective of the Architecture Department is to foster and promote best practices that ensure the resilience and timeless utility of our products. We challenge the status quo by encouraging teams to question their strategies and solutions thoroughly — critically assessing their actions, potential impacts on other teams, and future viability. As consultants, we act as a knowledge bridge across the entire organisation, drawing from a comprehensive understanding of common challenges faced by different teams. We step in to offer fresh perspectives and identify innovative solutions that may not be apparent within the limited scope of smaller teams. In a micro-service environment, we guide teams towards elegant, efficient, and lasting solutions that better stand the test of time.

Our working philosophy.

Open source is one of our core philosophies, enabling us to remain in control. Our teams need to understand exactly how the code within our entire platform works in order to be able to further develop or fix issues. This is only possible if the source code is openly available. Using closed source would prevent deep dives into the source code and would always require assistance by a third party.

We try to encourage our teams to be as independent as possible. That’s why our platform adopts a micro-service architecture, eliminating the limitations of a monolithic structure. Instead, we leverage a collection of loosely coupled services, each operating with independent lifecycles. This empowers teams to develop, modify, and deploy services autonomously, without the need to redeploy the entire platform in case of a small component issue. By enabling teams to deploy at their own pace, we encourage independence and cultivate a culture of agility and innovation throughout the organisation.

Our team constantly strives to foster the long-term stability of our technology. Unlike many companies that stick to outdated versions as long as their systems remain stable, we embrace progress and the cutting-edge. Staying up-to-date is of paramount importance to us, and we genuinely strive to update and adapt our existing code whenever a new version of a library or tool becomes available. This requires extra effort, but it ensures that we remain at the forefront of our industry

“As an architect at smartclip, the most interesting and challenging task is to avoid complexity before its formation. Simplicity and openness are key factors for enabling all teams to focus on creating immediate business value.”

Kaya Kupferschmidt, Senior IT Architect
smartclip Europe

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Open roles on the team.

Oops! Looks like you’ve stumbled upon the secret hideout of the “Not Hiring Right Now” department. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us! Unfortunately, at this moment, our team is not in search of new recruits. However, we’re always eager to connect with fantastic folks like yourself, so don’t let that discourage you.

Instead of twiddling your thumbs and staring longingly at our non-existent job listings, why not take the reins and reach out to us? We’d love to get to know you and see if there might be a place for your unique talents and skills in the future.

Become a smartclipper in 6 steps.

Get in touch

Send us an application or contact our recruiter Sarah for an informal chat to get to know each other.


Our recruiter will review your application and may host an initial interview to get a better idea of who you are and what you are passionate about.


Join the hiring manager and recruiter in an interview to learn more about the role, and see if it’s a good match for all.


Let’s see how it is to work together. Meet one of your teammates and accept a challenge (coding assignment for tech or case study for others).

Final decision

Both you and our team reflect on the process, and ultimately determine whether we can envision working together.


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Spoil yourselfwith corporate perks.

Anniversary Programme

We treasure every moment you spend with us, and when the days turn into years, we mark it with a little gift — even from your first year!

Corporate Benefits

Are you sporty, techy, adventurous, stylish, or nerdy? Whichever category you belong to, you can benefit from our numerous discount offerings and get up to 40% off your purchases.

Gift Matching

Care for a good cause? We do too. When you donate to a charity, we’ll double your donations — up to €250.

Mental Health

When life happens or if you just want to talk to a mental health expert, we’ve got you covered in Cologne, Hamburg, or remotely wherever you are.


Get rewarded when you refer someone for one of our open roles and they get the job.


As part of RTL Deutschland, you can enjoy all your favourite TV shows with free access to an RTL+ Premium account.

Social Day

Every year, you can take a fully paid day off to support a cause you care about — together with other smartclippers or alone, you decide.


We support a healthy lifestyle through various options such as gym reimbursement, urban sports club membership, or even leasing a bike. There’s definitely something for you.

Thank you Programme

Every six months, smartclippers can show gratitude and reward exceptional colleagues with a €100 bonus — all on us!

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