DXC Technology of Tyson, Virgina, said Tuesday that it will hire 1,200 people over the next four years at its offices in the Meadows Technology Park in Conway, which would bring total employment there to 1,650.
The move comes as the publicly traded information technology services company expands its operations in the health care and life sciences, automotive and security IT services industries.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined local leaders and company officials for the announcement at the technology park, where DXC said it will establish a global “center of excellence” to serve the Medicaid business for 30 states and other clients.
“We have a great team in Conway, and our expansion here will create new job and career opportunities, strengthen our educational partnerships, and contribute to the area’s growth economically and as a center of innovation,” Andrea Fiumicelli, vice president and general manager of DXC’s Healthcare and Life Sciences unit, said in a news release.
Hiring will begin immediately for the across-the-board, full-time positions, DXC Executive Director Gopala Krishnan told Arkansas Business after the announcement.
The jobs will range from entry-level information technology positions to senior cybersecurity and senior project manager jobs, he said. He declined to disclose a salary range, but said the company is “in the 90th percentile,” so its employees are paid very well compared with industry averages.
People can apply at jobs.DXC.technology.
Founded in 2017, DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) was created through the spin-off of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s enterprise service segment and its merger with Computer Sciences Corp. Hewlett Packard established its enterprise center in Conway in 2009.
DXC provides health and human services to clients across 43 U.S. states and territories, including Arkansas, offering fiscal agent services, Medicaid management information systems, eligibility services and more.
The company’s facility at 355 Ledgelawn Drive has 450 employees and houses one of two DXC Medicaid services delivery centers in the U.S. The company said it also works with 16 Arkansas colleges and universities to develop and recruit employees.
Krishnan said an expansion of DXC’s current offices will be needed once the hires are made and its workforce grows beyond 1,200. He said the company has been working with the Conway Development Corp. on the feasibility of that expansion.
Krishnan told Arkansas Business the company is expanding in Conway because it’s done well here.
“Three years ago, we focused on high-tech jobs, and that really changed the whole operation. With the vision the governor has, the chamber of commerce, we have talked to so many people and everybody is so IT-oriented here,” he said. “They understand the benefits of digital transformation. We are the No. 1 player in digital transformation.”
Krishnan noted that the pipeline of talent coming from nearby higher education institutions was the main reason DXC chose to expand in Conway.
The expansion qualified for one incentive through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission: “Create Rebate,” an annual cash rebate based on the number of jobs added by a company, according to an AEDC spokesperson.
Hutchinson said the expansion shows that Arkansas is “a destination place when it comes to technology companies,” whether they be start-ups or larger, more established companies like DXC.
“In today’s world, whenever you make a decision as to where you’re going to expand, you’ve got all kinds of options,” Hutchinson said. “And they chose Conway. I asked [Fiumicelli] ‘Why did you choose Conway?’ And, of course, I loved his answer. His answer was ‘the workforce.’ It was the technology-driven and capable workforce that is here that set the example.”
Brad Lacy is CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corp., which owns the Meadows Technology Park. He called DXC “the perfect fit for our community.”
“Conway has a fifty-year history of growing technology talent,” Lacy said in the release. “Through partnerships with Governor Hutchinson on initiatives like UCA’s cyber range and the Arkansas Coding Academy, we are investing in next generation skills. Today those investments paid off as one of the world’s largest technology companies and leaders in digital transformation recognize that talent pipeline and make a significant commitment to grow their business here.”
In August, DXC reported first-quarter net income of $168 million, down from $266 million in the same quarter last year. Revenue was $4.9 billion, down 7% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter last year.