Ward Solutions plans to hire about 25 people by the end of the year. Anthony L. Ward, president and chief executive, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does your

company do?

AWe provide engineering and information technology services primarily to the defense and intelligence customer base. We're currently concentrating on our role as a subcontractor to major industry prime contractors. We do our work at the prime contract facilities. Our specialties are information security, systems or software engineering, legacy systems transition and systems administration, with an emphasis on network and communications engineering.

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

We want to be a people-oriented company. Lots of people say that, but I really want to do it. I want our employees to be a face and a name, not just a number.

We give competitive benefits, financially reward superior performance and provide an environment where the work is challenging. These days, the quality of the work people are doing is as important as the salary.

On the defense side, most of the programs are like that; they're reaching out for technology.

Who owns your company?

I do; it's a private company.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

We have three very long-term subcontracts in place today. Typically in the government domain, every year is a new funding issue. These contracts are generally awarded for a five-year span. As a new company with new contracts, we're looking at four- to five-year windows on the contracts. We also go to great pains to ensure that once a contract is complete, there will be other, similar opportunities for our employees.

What are the demographics of your company?

We are 60 percent female and 10 percent minority.

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

We're looking for 10 systems and software engineers specializing in information technology, information security and system design and development. We also need 10 network and communications engineers with experience in the network fields. . . . We're looking for five senior system administrators certified in NT/UNIX. All of these positions require a security clearance and four to eight years of experience, with a degree preferred.