Cedar Inc. plans to hire about 20 people in the next two months. Ed Braniff, chief operations officer, talked with The Post's Kate Wichmann.

QWhat does your company do?

AWe are a consulting company that helps other companies, usually larger, Fortune 500 companies, change their management systems or processes. We are the people who help you organize and work through the processes of change. We work with these large companies, state institutions and universities, setting them up with human resources, financial or student administration systems.

What would employees of your company say were the best reasons for working there?

We have an extremely highly educated employee team. More than 200 of our employees have double degrees or advanced master's degrees. We are always working with state-of-the-art technology and are helping companies move into the newest human resources environment. People who work here enjoy the excitement of change, not necessarily the day-to-day work after the change.

Who owns your company?

A venture holding company in the U.K. called Alchemy. This is one of the more successful venture holding companies in the U.K. For the past six years it has had better than 25 percent returns on its holdings. It owns about 60 companies.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

This business has been around for 20 years. We've been doing HR and systems consulting for 20 years. This particular year, every month we've seen positive returns. We provide a premier product and have a 99 percent client satisfaction rate.

What are the demographics of your company?

The following numbers are for the North America division of the company: Women are 47 percent of the company and minorities are 8 percent. We have an executive team of four with one woman and no minorities. The average age is about 40 years old, but the Baltimore office is probably about 31 and the Bethesda office is about 27. The average length of time that our employees stay with us is seven years.

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

One vice president of public sector (10 to 15 years experience), one sales executive for North [and] South Carolina (five years), one sales executive in higher education (eight to nine years), three inside sales representatives (three years), and sixteen PeopleSoft consultants (seven to eight years).

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