Data Privacy
& Technology

Christian Potthoff, Director Data Privacy &
Technology Partnerships

Privacy protectors and innovators.

The Data Privacy & Technology Partnerships Department at smartclip is a vital support function responsible for various aspects of our company’s IT infrastructure. As a prospective candidate, you would play a key role in project management, communication, and handling procurement, while demonstrating a strong affinity for data privacy and IT security issues. Joining our department offers an opportunity to contribute to the safeguarding of sensitive information and ensuring compliance with privacy regulations within a dynamic and innovative environment.

We make dull topics fun.

Our team’s philosophy is rooted in bringing an element of fun to topics that are typically perceived as dull. We fully embrace the smartclip spirit of creativity and innovation. Beyond that, we value individuality and teamwork, making our department a dynamic and inclusive environment. Join us to make an impact while enjoying a vibrant and engaging working culture!

How our department is organised.

The Data Privacy pillar plays a crucial role in coordinating all data protection matters. This includes managing contracts such as publisher and sub-processor data processing agreements, as well as consulting internal departments on new products or general data privacy questions they might have. We serve as an interface to our external data protection officer and legal department. Additionally, we lead strategic projects such as creating a standard contractual clauses template for partners and conducting transfer impact assessments. We also provide valuable support to supply teams by onboarding new publishers and introducing them to the GDPR Cockpit — while also consulting existing publishers — ensuring compliance with data privacy regulations.

The Technology Partnerships pillar plays a crucial role in maintaining and managing existing partnerships — including contract renegotiations — such as those with DoubleVerify or MOAT. We are responsible for procurement, ensuring that the right tools are identified to address the needs of smartclip teams. This involves owning the procurement process and toolset, collaborating with stakeholders, gathering requirements, and managing projects to ensure the successful implementation of tools across our organisation. We contribute to the optimisation of technology partnerships and streamline the procurement process within a dynamic environment.

The IT Security pillar is dedicated to ensuring robust security measures within the department. We focus on crucial documentation, such as network security details, computer and system usage, network users, and implementation of two-factor authentication (2FA). We also play a vital role in liaising with shareholders, including RTL and Bertelsmann, to coordinate initiatives like “Basic Infrastructure Measures (BIM)” or the “Information Security Management System (ISMS)” at Bertelsmann. This pillar is driven by conglomerate-wide efforts to enhance information security and safeguard critical infrastructure.

“Although we’re a smaller team, we’re very close and in tune with each other — making collaboration easy and enjoyable. What I like the most about our job is that data privacy is constantly changing and so there are always new tasks, policies, and regulations we need to consider.”

Henry Ellermann, Manager Data Privacy
smartclip Europe

Join the fun.

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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