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Truenorth expanding operations; Seeks to hire 320 people

Truenorth CEO Gabriel Fernández

Truenorth CEO Gabriel Fernández

Puerto Rican business transformation and information technology firm Truenorth Corporation is currently seeking candidates to fill more than 320 professional jobs this year, a hiring spree that’s fueled by sales growth in both the public and private sectors, company CEO Gabriel Fernández said.

The Education Department recently awarded Truenorth a new $12 million contract to provide maintenance services for its administrative and academic network. The two-year contract comes with an option to renew for a third year.

Truenorth currently manages a network of more than 32,000 devices in 1,400 Puerto Rico public schools.

“We’re very aware of how much our local employment market needs to retain professional jobs to keep our talent from leaving the island and right now, our company is in a position where it can be a part of the solution to this problem,” said Fernández. “Truenorth is a Puerto Rican company that is undergoing major growth and we need trained professionals who can help us with our expansion process and want to grow along with us.”

The new jobs fall into various disciplines, ranging from project managers to information technology specialists, installers, developers, sales agents, accounting staff, human resources personnel and entry-level support technicians.

Salaries for these positions will range between $21,000 for some of the entry-level support technician positions to $112,000 for senior project managers, and even higher for several of the executive positions.

“We’re deploying much-needed networking and infrastructure components to bring stability and availability to the [Education Department’s] network,” said William Román, partner and CTO of Truenorth.  “Our background in highly-regulated industries such as banking and manufacturing makes us an ideal match for the [Education Department], both technologically and procedurally to execute with precision and quality, and meet the regulatory documentation requirements to ensure high quality service.”

This project, along with new contracts with IBM, is opening the door for the company to actively pursue additional e-Rate business with IBM in the southeastern U.S.

Fernández said the company’s senior project managers are currently presenting their control solutions project to stateside IBM executives in charge of the e-rate project’s delivery practice management.

In addition to these projects, Truenorth plans to add two support centers by June of 2013. One will be located in Guayama and will serve customers in eastern and southern Puerto Rico. The other center will open in Aguadilla and will support customers in the western and northwestern regions.

The Guayama center will focus on technology deployments while the Aguadilla center will be a development hub to support the company’s technology deployment methodologies.

Based in Guaynabo, Truenorth is a world-class business transformation and information technology firm founded by brothers Gabriel and Carlos Fernández, IBM and JP Morgan Chase Bank executives respectively, in 2001.

Since then, Truenorth has grown from a small office with two employees making $200,000 in both total contract value and gross sales to 342 staffers generating $68 million in total contract value backlog and $24.7 million in billing last year.

The company currently has four partners, three principals and 10 senior project managers in its management structure.

Truenorth’s program management, application management and information technology architecture core disciplines serve top local clients in the banking, manufacturing, distribution and government sectors. Truenorth is an IBM Tier I Services Partner, one of only a select group of services companies worldwide that can provide direct services to IBM. The company is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in various disciplines.

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Business reporter with 30 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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