Hewlett-Packard is hosting its second career fair this week in a yearlong recruitment effort to add 200 software development and business analysis jobs to its growing healthcare management facility in Conway.

John Herzog, HP account executive, said HP is very, very pleased to provide these jobs and grow its presence in Central Arkansas to help the government health care sector.

Jamie Gates, senior vice president for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation, said these types of jobs and salaries for jobs like this raise the bar in Central Arkansas.

"This is good news for our economy," he said.

As the largest provider of Medicaid and Medicare processing, administering $140 billion in benefits a year, Herzog said, the company is hopeful the business will continue to grow.

HP serves as the fiscal agent or principal IT provider for Medicaid in 19 states.  

"Right now the business is growing, and that is the impetus of these jobs," he said.

As a large publicly traded company, Herzog said, HP doesn’t traditionally speak about future prospects, but he did say from a healthcare prospective, HP has more than 45 years of experience in the industry, serving private health plans as well as state and federal government plans.

"We’re very committed," he said, "and we expect to grow with that industry in the future."

Herzog wouldn’t divulge specific staff numbers, but said the hiring of 200 people is part of a yearlong effort to recruit talent both in Conway and Little Rock and across the country.

Gates said HP has the ability to recruit nationally, and Conway is the kind of city that can attract and retain talent nationally.

HP is encouraging candidates to fill out an online profile before the career fair at www.hp.com/jobs.

Participants are also encouraged to register for specific sessions in advance to ensure there are enough hiring managers throughout the day at www.eventbrite.com.

Attendees should come with resume, identification and be dressed professionally prepared for an interview.

"Those who are qualified will have face to face interviews and be offered positions," Herzog said.

Herzog said "several positions" were offered at the last career fair held at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, and HP is looking to build on the momentum from that last fair.

Herzog said from the business analyst side, HP is looking for candidates who understand a clients’ business and can translate business requirements into technical requirements that can be used to develop software products.

Software related candidates, Herzog said, should have experience working on various software platforms and languages with the ability to develop software to meet business requirements.

"Certainly we’re looking for a wide variety of skills and disciplines — even managers in the software development area," he said.

The HP Developers & Business Analysts Career Fair will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn at 805 Amity Rd. Feb. 25 from noon to 6 p.m. and Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The company will be looking to hire software developers, business analysts, application production support and software development managers.

Updated Feb. 24: A previous version of this story stated Hewlett-Packard was the second largest provider of Medicaid and Medicare processing. The company is currently the largest, administering $140 billion in benefits a year. 

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)