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TECHWORKING: Merlin Technical Solutions

By A Weekly Conversation With a Local Technology Employer
Monday, December 20, 2004; Page E05

Merlin Technical Solutions plans to hire about 30 people immediately. Dennis Nadler, chief technology officer; Mark Suggs, recruiter; and Jennifer Capshaw, human resources specialist talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

What does your company do?

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Nadler: We have three pieces to the company: a value-added reseller portion that resells software and hardware products; a financing company that finances large acquisition deals; and the third area is professional services -- we do system implementation around commercial off-the-shelf products.

What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?

Nadler: The best thing at our company is the people that work here. It's really a top-notch group of people. We hire only seasoned professionals and that makes a difference.

Who owns your company?

Nadler: The chief executive, David Phelps, is the majority owner. We're privately held.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

Nadler: Our growth speaks for itself. We've been growing at about 400 percent per year over the past five years.

What are the demographics of your company?

Capshaw: Companywide we are 21 percent female and 28 percent minority. Within the four-person senior management team there are no women and one minority.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

Suggs: About 90 percent of the positions we're hiring for are technical consultant positions. We're looking for consultants with experience in Vignette V7 and J2EE.

Nadler: We have several engagements where clients want to use those types of products, so we try to hire ahead of the wave. There's a lot of demand for people who have those skills sets.

Suggs: We're hiring across the board, but applicants should have a minimum of five years of experience and must be U.S. citizens and eligible for government security clearances. We're also looking for Netegrity and Waveset developers, about five technical architects and one or two project managers with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification each month during our first two quarters.

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