Abraxas Corp. plans to hire about 100 people in the next six months. Danielle O. Saunders, vice president of business development, and Brad Juneau, managing director for personnel recruiting, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
QWhat does your company do?
ASaunders: We're a global risk mitigation services provider, working with the public and private sectors. We have almost 150 employees, and that makes up the largest aggregate of counterterrorism capabilities outside of the U.S. government. For the public sector, our main focus is our Trapwire technology, a software application designed to protect critical national infrastructure from a terrorist attack before the attack occurs and to assist in the apprehension of the terrorists involved in planning the attack.
Juneau: A national network of petroleum refineries would use Trapwire, for example. A terrorist is most vulnerable when they have to do their planning. Trapwire gives the facilities the ability to track data and keep it in a central location, so a facility on the West Coast can pick up the same kind of anomalies that a facility in the Northeast is noticing. You catch the terrorist in the planning phase.
Saunders: For corporate clients and individuals, we provide data collection and analysis, fraud investigation and containment, domestic and international due diligence, competitive market intelligence, political, economic and security assessment, behavior analysis and deception detection services. We try to give our clients a competitive advantage by providing them access to better information. If a company wanted to do more effective interviewing with their human resources department, we can help them with behavioral analysis skills. Or if a company experiences fraud internally, we can help them with fraud investigation and containment.
What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?
Saunders: The sense of mission, the ability to make a difference and ownership of the company. Risk is everywhere in today's world. Our employees know they can play a part in mitigating or eliminating that risk, and that's very rewarding.
Who owns your company?
Saunders: We're a private company. All of our current employees are either shareholders or option holders, and future employees will be eligible for options. The company was founded by former senior intelligence officers. After September 11, they felt their services were still needed because the country was in a critical time, so they founded the company to help.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
Juneau: We are experiencing a great rate of growth because our contracts are long-term and our clients are long-term relationships. There's a great deal of stability in this company.
What are the demographics of your company?
Juneau: Company-wide, we're 17 percent female and 6 percent minority. Within the seven-person management team, we are 33 percent female and 11 percent minority.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
Juneau: We're looking for skills in the analytical financial and risk management arena. We're hiring financial analysts, political analysts and risk managers. We're also looking for technologists in the areas of data mining, software and product development. We're hiring for paralegal and administrative positions. Because we're growing so fast, we're also looking for expertise in recruitment management. The majority of our positions are analyst positions. We're looking for analysts who are deep domain experts, but we will also accept journeymen who are new to the field, and we will teach them the skills we need them to know. Because we are global, international experience is very favorable. We have fluency in 10 to 15 languages, and that's very attractive to us. Security clearances aren't required but they are a plus.