Mantaro Networks plans to hire about 10 people in the next five months. Lew Bobbitt, senior vice president, marketing, talked with the Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does your company do?

AWe're a product-development outsourcing company. We work with other high-tech product companies, both start-ups and established manufacturing companies that are delivering products for the commercial and government sectors. We work with high-tech start-ups in the area doing wireless and broadband service applications. We provide engineering talent and the resources and facilities to do a full turnkey project or a piece of technology development. We're not a staffing agency. Our services include product requirements definition, architectural design, hardware and software design, rapid prototyping and new product delivery services.

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

Most of our employees are engineers, and most of them enjoy working with a variety of technologies. Because we do research and development for a number of companies in a diverse set of industries, they get to work on a broad selection of technologies. We often have several different products in-house so they get to work on a variety of technologies at the same time. Engineers like to work with a good team, and we certainly have some of the brightest working here.

Who owns your company?

We're privately held, primarily owned by the employees. We have a stock-option plan and all the employees receive stock options.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

We're supported totally by our revenue; we're a profitable company. We have a start-up mentality, but we're profitable. Although outsourcing has come under fire recently, our model is very different in that we can support a diverse set of companies in this region and still create jobs in the area. Outsourcing has come to mean mainly moving jobs offshore, but we're actually performing outsourcing for companies in the region and creating new jobs in the region to provide those services.

What are the demographics of your company?

Company-wide, we are 50 percent minority and 14 percent female. Our senior management team is going through some changes, but we currently have about 25 percent minority representation and no females.

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

We're looking for hardware engineers with experience in digital and analog board design and experience with Microprocessor, FPGA, Digital, Power Supply, Analog and RF technologies. We're also hiring embedded software engineers with experience with C/C++, embedded Linux and real-time operating systems like VxWorks or Windows CE. We also have an opening for a paid engineering intern with a strong academic background in computer engineering, electrical engineering, physics or another related field. About one-third of our positions are senior positions requiring five years or more experience.