Reston-based government contractor Science Applications International Corp. is hiring 75 people at an office in downtown Richmond as part of the company’s contract to coordinate the state’s information technology systems.

The company, which does business as SAIC, announced the hiring plans Wednesday.

SAIC has leased a 17,000-square-foot office on the fifth floor of Three James Center at 1051 E. Cary St. in downtown Richmond where the new employees will work.

The company also will retain hundreds of other employees in the Richmond area — most at Virginia’s main information data center in Chesterfield County — that were previously employed by contractor Northrop Grumman Corp.

In May, Virginia Information Technology Agency, the state agency responsible for IT services, set an Aug. 17 deadline to cancel its 13-year, $2.4 billion contract with Northrop Grumman to manage the state’s IT services.

The state is moving from one IT infrastructure provider with a long-term contract to multiple suppliers with shorter contracts.

“One thing that is really commendable on SAIC’s part is that, there has been a transition here — that is no secret to anybody — and there were employees that were at risk of losing their jobs,” Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday at an event announcing the new jobs. “SAIC has reached out and interviewed these individuals and has offered them jobs in this new organization.”

Almost 350 employees working for Northrop Grumman at the data center will lose their jobs in mid-August, according to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification that Northrop Grumman gave the state on June 14.

Of the pre-existing employees, state officials said Wednesday that about 170 people have accepted offers to join SAIC and 243 job offers are in process.

Some of the new jobs in downtown Richmond already have been filled, while others are in the process of being filled, SAIC executives said.

“The SAIC jobs here in Richmond are high-level IT jobs,” said Nazzic Keene, SAIC’s chief operating officer. They will include program support, project management and IT architecture development.

SAIC has about 15,000 employees nationwide, and most of its business comes from government contracts, particularly in defense. The company has more than 3,000 employees in Virginia, where it manages contracts with the Navy and the Department of Defense.

As part of its contract with the state, the company will coordinate efforts of several suppliers providing IT services such as messaging, security, servers and storage.

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