SAIC Inc., soon to be known as Leidos Holdings Inc., is looking to hire 35 people in Oklahoma City and 30 in Tulsa in expansion unrelated to the name change and multibillion-dollar spinoff effective at market close Friday.
The job openings are “pretty much across the board” for the architecture, engineering and information technology arm of McLean, Va.-based SAIC, said Terry L. Helms, senior vice president for the commercial and industrial market for the future Leidos.
Announced more than a year ago, the split of SAIC into two publicly traded companies — Science Applications, to concentrate on government contracts, and Leidos, focused on commercial architecture, engineering and IT work — will have no real effect on Leidos' Oklahoma operations, said Helms, who works out of the Oklahoma City office.
The firm has 200 employees in its Oklahoma City office, 9400 Broadway Extension, and 125 in Tulsa at 1 W 3rd St.
Leidos will be a $6.3 billion company with 23,000 employees after the split, said Helms, who has been with the Oklahoma City operation since it was still Benham, an engineering firm founded here in 1909.
Helms said the Oklahoma City office, with most employees dating to Benham days, had a big role in SAIC winning national design-build awards the past seven years.
SAIC said that last year it was named No. 55 in the Top 100 Green Design Firms in its first ranking on that list; No 33, up from No. 42, in the Top 500 Design Firms; and No. 44, up from No. 61, in the Top 100 Design-Build Firms, as ranked by Engineering News-Record.
As a flagship for the company's engineering business, the Oklahoma City office is looking to fill architecture, engineering and design-build positions along with project management and technical positions for its oil-and-gas team.
One of the openings in Oklahoma City is for a BIM manager. SAIC, Helms said, is the third largest firm in the country in BIM, which is building information modeling, which creates three-dimensional databases of construction projects.
The future Leidos also is hiring for a $300 million, 82-acre development near Charlotte, N.C.; most of the preliminary design work has come out of the Oklahoma City office.
Closer to home, the office is providing engineering, procurement and construction services under a $118 million contract to design and construct an ammonia plant and associated facilities for Oklahoma City-based LSB Industries in El Dorado, Ark.; and engineering, procurement and construction of a Holly Refining and Marketing gas oil loading system in a $2.1 million project in Tulsa.