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Arno van Staden

Arno van Staden
Front End Engineer

Hello, I'm Arno van Staden.


Open to Work.


Berlin | München | Remote (Germany)

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So, my top three things in life? Easy:
1. Fiddling around with JavaScript,
2. Hitting the road and exploring new spots, and
3. That first cup of coffee in the morning

I got hooked on computers with the good ol' Windows 98. Remember the sound of dial-up internet? That was basically my childhood's theme song. Good times.

When I’m not glued to the screen, I’m either leveling up in some console game, pumping iron in the gym, getting lost in a good sci-fi book or offering tech support for my mom’s phone. But even during my downtime, part of my brain is always dreaming up cool digital stuff that people would love to use.

Another thing about me? I'm that guy who turns to code for even the smallest hitches in life. Forgot someone's birthday one too many times? Yeah, I built a web app for that. It's the joy of tinkering and coming up with nifty digital solutions to those everyday “oops” moments that keeps the dev fire alive in me.

But hey, it’s not all about coding. It’s the laughs, the challenges, and those endless debates about the tiniest details. You in?






on GitHub

  • English - Native
  • Afrikaans - Native
  • German - B1(ish)
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Jul 2023 - Present
Tandem Language Exchange
Berlin, Germany

Senior Frontend Engineer

  • Elevated Leadership

    Stepped into a prominent role in technology selection, work prioritization, and backlog management, often resembling the responsibilities of a product owner or manager for web-based projects.

  • Strategic Impact

    Played a crucial role in shaping Tandem's web presence, ensuring not only maintenance but also the enhancement of the platform's functionality and user experience.

Jul 2021 - Jul 2023
Tandem Language Exchange
Berlin, Germany

Frontend Engineer

  • Website & Web App Overhaul

    Led the refactoring of the company website and oversaw the complete redevelopment & redesign of the web application, supporting thousands of daily users with the latest web technologies.

  • Admin Dashboard Refactoring

    Rebuilt a rudimentary admin interface into a user-centric full-stack application from the ground up, delivering a more intuitive, modern, and user-friendly experience.

  • Cross-Functional Collaboration

    Worked hand-in-hand with product, design, and marketing teams, transforming creative concepts into technical solutions using a diverse tech stack like TypeScript, React, and Next.js.

  • Rapid Prototyping

    Led the swift development of MVPs for experimentation and feasibility testing. In addition, implemented web-based solutions for special, niche projects and use cases, thereby maximising the potential of the web platform.

Apr 2018 - Jul 2021
Cape Town, South Africa

Fullstack Engineer

  • Comprehensive Development

    Managed the complete development lifecycle, ensuring websites and applications were responsive, cross-browser compatible, and seamlessly integrated with robust backend systems.

  • Extensive Portfolio Development

    Delivered 45+ diverse websites and applications leveraging Next.js, React, TypeScript, and CSS modules.

  • Building Client Trust

    Fostered enduring partnerships with 40+ clients, with repeat engagements underscoring consistent quality and trustworthiness.

  • Client-Centric Solutions

    Worked closely with clients to align projects with their brand and objectives, translating designs into fully functional digital platforms.

  • Ongoing Improvements

    Consistently optimized and expanded applications, and provided expert technical consultation on application design and feasibility.

Jul 2017 - Apr 2018
Apax English
Hanoi, Vietnam

English Teacher

I traveled throughout South-East Asia, obtaining my TEFL certificate, and teaching English as a second language to Vietnamese students.

2015 - 2017
University of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bachelor of Informatics

2013 - 2015
University of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bachelor of Accounting