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Oklahoma Leidos locations look to hire 65

The imminent split of SAIC Inc. into Science Applications and Leidos Holdings, a year in the works, will have no real effect on the Leidos' Oklahoma operations, which dates to the Benham family and was founded in 1909.
by Richard Mize Published: September 26, 2013

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.

Engineering flagship

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.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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