Kai Gorman, Developer in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Kai Gorman

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Software Developer

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Toptal Member Since
November 7, 2016

Kai is a senior full-stack developer and technical lead with over 14 years of experience. He has previously worked at Amazon Web Services where he designed and launched the continuous deployment service AWS CodePipeline. He specializes in back-end development using .NET and Java, and front-end development using a variety of modern web frameworks including Angular 2 and React.


.NET Core, Angular, Azure
Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure Blob Storage API, Azure Service Bus...
WorkPac Digital
Node.js, Angular, .NET Core, C#, Azure Cosmos DB




Preferred Environment

Git, WebStorm, Visual Studio, Windows

The most amazing...

...thing I've coded is the AWS service CodePipeline.

Work Experience

Principal Engineer

2021 - PRESENT
  • Made significant stability improvements and eliminated the defect backlog.
  • Made improvements to the release process to allow a faster and safer release.
  • Built major features that led to new customer acquisition.
  • Created automated test coverage across the existing application.
Technologies: .NET Core, Angular, Azure

Technical Lead

2018 - 2021
  • Redesigned and rebuilt a REST API supporting a mobile app.
  • Converted the API into a multi-tenant SaaS offering.
  • Developed a new Angular application to interact with the API.
  • Led the transition to the new API for existing apps.
Technologies: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Azure Blob Storage API, Azure Service Bus, Azure Functions, Azure Cosmos DB, Angular, .NET Core

Technical Lead

2017 - 2018
WorkPac Digital
  • Delivered a new candidate registration website to replace two legacy sites and a manual paper registration process.
  • Mentored the team on modern development practices like continuous deployment and TDD.
Technologies: Node.js, Angular, .NET Core, C#, Azure Cosmos DB

Senior Consultant

2016 - 2017
GIS People
  • Migrated a paper-based government process to an automated solution.
Technologies: Azure, Entity Framework Core, .NET Core

Technical Lead

2016 - 2016
Dingu Blue
  • Developed a recruitment website.
  • Redesigned and migrated an existing solution to a new stack with an Angular 2 front-end and REST API.
  • Increased the adoption of automated testing among the team.
  • Moved the team towards continuous deployment.
  • Developed a Facebook bot prototype to perform job searches.
Technologies: Azure, ASP.NET MVC, Angular, .NET

Senior Software Engineer

2012 - 2015
Amazon Web Services
  • Designed and launched the continuous deployment service CodePipeline.
  • Led a team of ten developers.
  • Performed cross-organizational design reviews.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Angular, Java

Technical Consultant

2008 - 2012
Technology One
  • Built a custom .NET application and did framework development.
  • Worked as the technical lead for a POS system modernizing project for a major Australian retail company.
  • Developed a legal aid management system used in several Australian states.
Technologies: Windows Communication Framework (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), ASP.NET, C#

Software Engineer

2006 - 2008
  • Provided L3 support of a digital certificate and key management application.
  • Redesigned and rewrote a key/certificate management component included in the IBM JDK.
  • Worked on a temporary international assignment that was supporting the development team with a new product launch.
Technologies: C, Java


Visitor management software for the healthcare industry. I was the lead developer, working on the back-end and web components and liaising with the tablet app developers. I took over the existing application, made significant stability improvements, and built several new features leading to new customer acquisition. I created several integrations with third-party customer systems.


A SaaS GIS application for data collection and job management.


A candidate registration website for WorkPac's recruitment business.

AWS CodePipeline

This is a continuous deployment service that I designed and developed while working at AWS.


CSS, HTML, TypeScript, Java, C#, JavaScript, SQL, HTML5, C


.NET, Angular, .NET Core, ASP.NET Web API, NUnit, SpecFlow, Spring, ASP.NET, Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Communication Framework (WCF), ASP.NET MVC, Entity Framework Core


Azure DevOps Services, Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), AWS IAM, AWS CloudFormation, Cucumber, AWS SDK, Microsoft Visual Studio, TeamCity, Eclipse IDE, NPM, WebStorm, AWS CodeCommit, Autofac, Visual Studio, Git


Automated Testing, Dependency Injection, Continuous Deployment, Behavior-driven Development (BDD), Kanban, Concurrent Programming, Agile


Azure Functions, Windows, AWS Lambda, Azure, Linux, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Websites, AWS SWF, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), NoSQL, Cloud Firestore, Memcached


Full-stack, Cloud, Software Development, Azure Service Bus, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Google Material Design, Amazon API Gateway


Node.js, Azure Blob Storage API, Facebook API

2002 - 2005

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems Engineering

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane, Australia


Microsoft Certified Professional