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Appointment of highly experienced programmer and developer Albert van Jaarsveld

as Lead Developer will enhance Kajima Community’s BookingsPlus software

Kajima Community, which specialises in marketing and managing the community use of schools and other community centers across the UK, is pleased to announce the appointment of Albert van Jaarsveld as Lead Developer for BookingsPlus, its unique web-based booking and marketing system.

Van Jaarsveld, will play a key role in expanding and building upon BookingsPlus’, Kajima’s scalable, cloud based SaaS platform, which assists schools and other centres in hiring out their facilities to the local community. In his new role he will be responsible for designing, building and maintaining the system’s code, including integrating data storage systems, identifying bottlenecks and bugs and devising solutions. 

BookingsPlus provides a web-based, total administration system, including a room booking tool, white-labelled website, automated invoicing, online payments system and automated communications. The service offers public sector bodies a way of using their existing assets to realize service efficiencies and generate fresh revenue, and is already being used by a range of other public sector estates including primary and secondary schools, academies, community venues and Local Authorities.

Joining Kajima from communications software company Releasd, where he held the position of Ruby on Rails and Javascript/jQuery Contractor, van Jaarsveld brings with him seven years’ commercial programming experience. As a programmer he has been responsible for development and bug fixes (Ruby on Rails, jQuery and Greensock Draggable among others), and devops (AWS, Capistrano, Heroku).

Prior to his role at Releasd, van Jaarsveld was a Ruby on Rails developer at EnglishUp, and an analyst programmer at Schoolblazer Ltd, where he worked on a number of IT projects involving the analysis, design, development and implementation of applications and their supporting infrastructure to increase their scope and effectiveness and improve the profitability of the business.

In addition to his role as a developer, van Jaarsveld has three years’ experience as director and owner of online retail company Staark Limited, where he was responsible not only for developing the retail website but also managing and coordinating the wider team.

Chris Smith, Head of Community, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Albert to the team. He brings with him a wealth of experience as an all-round, full stack developer, and has an excellent track record in building and maintaining projects from start to finish covering all stages across requirements gathering, planning, execution and testing. Albert’s experience makes him a real asset and we look forward to working with him to further develop BookingsPlus’s capabilities and continue helping schools and other centres get the most value from their underused assets by providing them with the functional, easy-to-use software to help them do so.” 

Albert van Jaarsveld, Lead Developer, commented:

“I am very pleased to be joining Kajima, given the company’s exceptional reputation in the lettings and SaaS sector. The company’s exemplary, award-winning work developing their BookingsPlus and BookingsGuru software has made them an industry-leader and I look forward to helping the team build on its excellent reputation to secure more high profile, market-leading projects in these areas and expand their software’s capacity and reach.”