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TECHWORKING: Universal Consulting Services

Monday, November 29, 2004; Page E05

Universal Consulting Services plans to hire 10 to 12 people in the next two months. Abhijit Dhumne, chief executive, and Edward Tuorinsky, program manager, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

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your company do?

Tuorinsky: We're a professional consulting firm with a focus on Department of Defense acquisition, finance and logistics. We provide systems implementation support, program management support and systems integration support to our clients.

Dhumne: We have many opportunities in the pipeline to move into the federal civilian market. That's where our hiring is going. The capabilities are the same: requirements analysis, design, testing, and user training.

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

Tuorinsky: The sense of ownership and the flexibility in providing input to the company, how it works and runs. Being able to use their past experience and knowledge to make suggestions and to use their abilities to project the way the company is going. The ability to be informed of everything going on since we are a small company.

Dhumne: Even though we're such a small company, lots of our employees came from large companies, so they carry that deep industry experience. However, in this company there's no bureaucracy, no red tape. Who owns your company?

Dhumne: It's owned by my wife, Charu Chimurkar. She owns 100 percent of the company.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

Dhumne: Typically all of our projects are a year to two years long. These are extremely stable contracts with the government.

What are the demographics of your company?

Dhumne: We're a woman-owned, minority small business. Companywide, we're 50 percent female and 25 percent minority. Within the executive management team, we are 25 percent female and 75 percent minority.

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

Dhumne: We have several proposals in the pipeline with the Department of Defense and federal civilian customers. We expect to hire about 10 to 12 functional consultants: six junior consultants and six senior consultants.

Tuorinsky: The senior functional consultants will have direct interaction with the Department of Defense and federal civilian clients. We'll advise them on technical and functional aspects relating to that project. All consultants should have a background with Department of Defense acquisition, logistics and finance. Experience with the Department of Defense's procurement systems is a plus.

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