Jason Snelders

Jason Snelders

Software Developer, Team Lead, Educator




What get's me going every day?
Coaching junior software developers entering the technology industry, and solving simple problems that make everyone's life easier.

Specialising in:

  • Software team leadership
  • Business workflow automation
  • Web application development (VueJS)
  • WordPress development (themes, plug-ins, small business websites)
  • Student and junior software developer coaching
  • Website support and management

Technical specialisation:

  • WordPress development
  • VueJS

I've been designing software professionally since 2002.
Experienced in all aspects of the software development SDLC, relational database design, full-stack web application development, leading software teams, and running a small business.

Focused on security, usability, maintenance, and software developer education.

Available for part-time or contract roles. The most important thing for me is flexibility.

I regularly post on LinkedIn and my blog https://jsnelders.com

I have a Victorian Working with Children Card (April 2019)

Work Experience

Work Experience

  • Freelance, Freelance Software Professional

    Nov, 2019 - Present

    I provide services in:

    • Business workflow automation (through web applications).
    • Front-end web development with VueJS.
    • WordPress development (theme and plug-ins development, business website development)
    • Student and junior software development coaching.
    • Small business website management.

    Available for contract, part-time and consulting engagements.

  • Part-time Software Development Project Manager (until June 202)RMIT University

    May, 2019 - Present

    Part-time software team project manager on a 12-month project until June 2020.

    • Reporting to 2 project owners (researchers).

    • Coordinating with external stakeholders and project managers.

    • Responsible for budget and expenditure tracking, planning, software architecture, status reporting, and team management.

    • Recruited and put together a 3 person development team.

    • Managed 2 x 6-person student teams for 12 weeks to develop sub-components of the project.

  • TutorRMIT University

    Jul, 2019 - Nov, 20194 months

    • Ran 2 tutorials per week for Database Applications course (Semester 2, 2019).

    • Covered relational databases (Oracle), MobgoDB and developing a web app with PHP.

    • Learnt MongoDB.

    • Performed Assignment and exam marking.

  • Support Project Coordinator / Student MentorRMIT University

    Mar, 2019 - Nov, 20198 months

    Assistant project coordinator for the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course.
    WIL is a program of capstone projects by student teams creating solutions for industry sponsors.

    • Supervised 6 project teams (~30 students) per semester.

    • Provided guidance and coaching toward successful project delivery for each sponsor.

    • Guest lectured on the topic "Getting Started with Git and GitFlow" with a 45 minute practical demonstration for students.

  • Small Business Owner / Software ArchitectVylesk

    Jan, 2012 - Nov, 20197 years 10 months

    Vylesk was a boutique software development consultancy that built web applications and portals for small businesses and educational institutions.

    In 2019 we successfully launched a new Intranet for St Hildas College in Melbourne, designed from scratch with custom workflows and built on top of WordPress. We also developed and managed a custom student tutorial management system for Hildas for 6 years.

    Vylesk consisted of 2 principal consultants in Melbourne and 2 full-time developers in India.

    Due to declining business a shifting in the industry, in November 2019 we chose to wind down the company to reassess and pursue new opportunities.

    • Technologies & Tools: WordPress (theme and plug-in development), PHP, MySQL, jQuery, web application development with HTML/CSS/JavaScript/TypeScript/SASS, VueJS, Bootstrap, W3CSS, .NET/ASP.NET, Microsoft Azure

  • Senior Software Developer / Team LeadDatacom

    Sep, 2016 - Sep, 20182 years

    Datacom is a mid-tear corporate consultancy. I left the permanent full-time position in September 2018 to work for myself.

    • Senior Developer (full-stack web/.NET) and Team Lead for automated development environment project with Australian Unity.

    • Interim Technical Lead and ongoing Operations Lead for COBOL migration project with Bupa.

    • Senior full-stack web/.NET developer on the Organ Match project with Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

    • Worked with client business stakeholders and internal software teams to deliver requirements.

    • Created technical and process documentation.

    • Supported other team leads and assisted junior developers.

    • Designed and developed an orchestration tool that manages AWS environment creation and automated the setup/linking of corresponding environments in Octopus Deploy.

    • Technologies & Tools: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Visual Studio 2015 & 2017, Angular 1.2 & 5, .NET 4.6, ASP.NET MVC 4.x, NUnit/Moq, AutoMapper, Entity Framework, SQL Server, Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 & CloudFormation, Octopus Deploy, TeamCity, Micro Focus Visual COBOL.

  • Senior Software Developer (Web front-end)Belong - Powered by Telstra

    Nov, 2014 - Jul, 20161 year 8 months

    Sub-Contract for Object Consulting. Belong was an Australian broadband provider and a division of Telstra.

    • Front-end web developer. New feature development, defect resolution, and BAU development.

    • A/B test development and management of website optimisation campaigns.

    • Team support and mentor to incoming developers.

    • Technologies & Tools: Adobe Target, Optimizely, Grunt, Middleman, SASS/CSS, JavaScript, Knockout.js.

  • Senior Software DeveloperObject Consulting

    Sep, 2014 - Oct, 20141 month

    Short-contract role. Front-end web developer.

  • Software DeveloperPageUp

    Aug, 2014 - Sep, 20141 month

    Short contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

  • Software DeveloperVillage Roadshow

    May, 2014 - Aug, 20143 months

    Short contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

  • Software DeveloperMaurice Blackburn Lawyers

    Apr, 2013 - Nov, 20137 months

    Short contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

  • Data Management ConsultantTransurban

    Jul, 2010 - Jul, 20111 year

    Sub-contract role for Zenith Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd. Data migration analyst.

  • Software DevelopereNett International

    Apr, 2010 - Jun, 20102 months

    Contract role. Front-end ASP.NET web developer.

  • Software DeveloperCity of Melbourne

    Aug, 2009 - Mar, 20107 months

    Contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web/Access database applications/SQL Server).

  • Software DeveloperPrima Consulting

    Jan, 2008 - Jun, 20091 year 5 months

    Permanent full-time role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web/VBA/Access database applications/SQL Server).

  • Software Developer / Team LeadParagonIT

    Mar, 2002 - Dec, 20075 years 9 months

    Permanent full-time role. Full-stack developer (Classic ASP/.NET/web/VBA/Access database applications/SQL Server).



  • Project Management (small projects)
    Prject ManagementSchedulingBudget ManagementHiring
  • Teaching & Leadership
    University TeachingMentoring
  • Consulting
    Requirements AnalysisBusiness Process AutomationCustomer Support
  • Web Development
    APIWebsitesWeb Applications
  • Programming Languages & Scripting
    PHPC#.NET FrameworkASP.NETJavaScriptHTMLCascading Style Sheets (CSS)SASSLESSJSONXMLStructured Query Language (SQL)
  • Software Frameworks & Systems
  • Software Development
    Web ApplicationsDatabase ApplicationsSolution ArchitectureSoftware DocumentationTechnical DocumentationResearchWeb ServicesSoftware as a Service (SaaS)Business ApplicationsA/B Testing
  • Databases
    SQL ServerMySQL
  • Software Tools
    GitVSTSJIRAClubhouseTrelloVisual StudioVisual Studio Code
  • General Tools
    Microsoft ExcelMicrosoft Word
  • Previous Technical Experience
    Angular 7KnockoutJSVisual Basic.NETVisual BasicVBScriptAccess database applicationsExcel and Word macros (VBA)


  • Computing, Bachelors Degree, Deakin University

    Dec, 1998 - Jan, 2001

    Bachelor of Computing (Multimedia Technology)


  • Professional

    Usability/UX designInformation Security (particularly AppSec)Password managementSoftware maintenanceLeadershipSoftware mentoringTraining student/junior developers
  • Personal

    World travelPhotography