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TECHWORKING: August Schell Enterprises

Monday, March 28, 2005; Page E05

August Schell Enterprises plans to hire about seven people in the next month and 15 total over the course of the year. Bill Schell, chief executive , talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

Q What does your company do?

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AWe build "security fences" around our customers' critical information systems, meaning we're specialists in the area of implementing secure identity management solutions, a methodology where you issue people identification cards that allow them to conduct electronic business. Part of that business allows the systems to enforce identification, authorization and non-repudiation.

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

The quality of individuals we employ. We tend to hire highly intelligent, results-oriented people. I'm very keen on quality of life and strive to keep people out of the traffic -- so for that reason we are highly distributed and allow telecommuting whenever it makes sense.

Who owns your company?

It's privately held. I am the founder and the owner.

What are the demographics of your company?

Company-wide, we are 20 percent female and minority. I am the only person on the senior management team.

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

We're looking for two senior systems analysts, two senior or intermediate Java developers, two senior Unix systems architects and one intermediate systems administrator. Security clearances are desirable, both Secret and Top Secret, as we work with the secure components of the government. About half of the positions we're currently hiring for will require security clearances.

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