Gray Hawk Systems Inc. plans to hire about 150 people in the next one to three months. Angie Bowler, business development analyst, and Jay Butler, senior technical recruiter, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
QWhat does your company do?
AAngie Bowler: We're an information-technology services provider, working with mainly homeland security clients, intelligence clients and the Department of Defense in general. We provide systems engineering, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence processing, data mining, software development, and all-around engineering solutions.
What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?
Jay Butler: Most people would say that the fact that we're a small to mid-size company is a major reason for coming here. Most defense contractors in the area are behemoth companies, where folks tend to be just a number. Here, they can become part of a small team that gives them more of a corporate position in the company. They have more say and more impact. It's more entrepreneurial and family-oriented.
Who owns your company?
Bowler: Harry Howton, chief executive and founder.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
Butler: The company has been around since 1995, and it's grown each of those years. The last four years, we've made the Inc. 500. It's grown rapidly, but in a very stable manner. We're focused in a high-growth market area: tge intelligence and Department of Homeland Security arenas. That's a stable and growing environment. It won't go away anytime soon.
What are the demographics of your company?
Bowler: Company-wide, we're 29 percent female and 15 percent minority. Within the 32-person management team, there are two females and four minorities.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
Butler: The vast majority of our positions are mid- to senior-level, anywhere from three to 15 years of experience, specifically focused in the areas of systems engineering, network engineering and administration, software engineering and design as well as database engineering and development. Counterintelligence and intelligence analysts represent about 25 percent of our business now. We require security clearances for 99.9 percent of our positions, at the top-secret level and above.