Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Intelligent Software Solutions Inc. plans to hire up to 85 employees, most of them locally, to complete work on Air Force contracts recently or soon to be awarded, CEO Jay Jesse said.
ISS has received more than $60 million in contracts, extensions and task orders so far this year and is expected to receive another task order soon valued at $40 million that, along with other classified work the company cannot disclose, is triggering the hiring push, Jesse said.
"The previous two or three years were down for us, triggering layoffs, But now we have several new and expanding jobs with the Air Force and some of that work is moving to a new, larger phase. The business climate for the defense industry has definitely improved in the past 20 months," Jesse said. "These are high-paying good jobs that we are hoping to fill locally, or at least bring people here to fill."
The company employs a combined 525 people in Colorado, Florida, New York, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and London. About 300 of those are at its Colorado Springs headquarters.
The openings include 50 by year's end and another 25-30 early next year for high-tech jobs in software and systems engineering and project management, all paying an average salary of more than $100,000.
ISS prefers job candidates with computer science or engineering degrees or equivalent experience and security clearance, although Jesse said the company will help applicants get that clearance as long as they can pass a background check.
The company's recent contract wins include task orders valued at $24.4 million and $12.2 million awarded in February and June under the Air Space Precision Engagement Research and Engineering contract the company received in 2012 to provide an advanced software development framework to build intelligence analysis and data fusion software as well as provide software support and maintenance for U.S. Central Command, NATO and operations in the Pacific Ocean.
ISS also received extensions totaling $2.6 million and $23.2 million in March and May to provide continued software development support to the Air Force Space Command at Schriever Air Force Base and the Special Operations Command in South Korea as well as continuing work on modernizing the Department of Defense Join Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
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