Platinum Solutions plans to hire about 10 people. Laila Rossi, chief executive, and Adam Rossi, president, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
QWhat does your company do?
AAdam Rossi: We write software that saves lives. Most of our work has been in the law enforcement and intelligence sector, writing software to assist agents with code breaking, image analysis, mission support systems for hostage negotiators and bomb technicians. We've written software to apprehend violent criminals and solve cold cases. We've also begun work on the health care side. We've worked on a large project for the [Food and Drug Administration] to streamline and improve the drug approval process. It's all high-end software development work using specialized skills.
What do you think your employees would say were the best reasons for working at your company?
Laila Rossi: What I hear on a day-to-day basis is that they like the interesting work and being part of projects that make a difference. It's the type of work that we do. It's also based on open standards.
Adam Rossi: Just about every week there's an article in the newspaper about a criminal being apprehended and although we're rarely mentioned we know our software helped make that happen.
Who owns your company?
Laila Rossi: We're co-owners.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
Laila Rossi: We're a very stable company. We've been profitable since we started in 1999, and we continue to hire. We're very selective in our recruiting process. When we find someone who is the best of the best we're going to keep them. We never hire an individual for a contract and that's it. That's not our model.
Adam Rossi: We not only have this history, six years of profitable quarters, we also have an average of 114 percent year-over-year compound growth over the last five years.
What are the demographics of your company?
Laila Rossi: Company-wide we're 13 percent female and 26 percent minority. Within the six-person senior management team there are two women and one minority. Our average number of years of experience is 11 years, a lot higher than most other companies. We have a very diverse staff in terms of age.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
Laila Rossi: We're looking for six Java/J2EE developers with at least four years of experience and a secret or above security clearance. We're also looking for a business developer with seven years of experience, a proposal writer with three years of experience, a capture manger with seven years of business-development experience and five years of related technical experience, and a project manager with five to seven years of experience supporting federal government information technology programs.