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Spirit details IT outsourcing plan

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at 12:06 a.m.

Spirit AeroSystems gave employees details Friday of the second wave of a plan to outsource some information technology functions.

The company is meeting with the 135 Spirit employees — 132 in Wichita and three in Tulsa — and 13 contractors whose jobs are affected, said Spirit spokesman Ken Evans.

The employees work in some areas of network, infrastructure, applications and deskside support.

Spirit workers will be offered jobs with IBM or Hewlett Packard — the vendors taking over the IT work — or offered other jobs within the company, Evans said.

Some also can apply for Spirit's early retirement buyout offer.

The vendors will complete evaluations over the next couple of weeks and make offers, then Spirit will work with the remaining employees, he said.

"We understand the situation is not ideal for everyone, but we want to smooth it out as much as possible," Evans said. "We want to be fair."

Eighty-three of the employees are represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace. Thirteen are in SPEEA's engineering unit and will be transferred to lateral jobs within Spirit, Evans said.

SPEEA is reviewing and checking information to make sure procedures and contract requirements are followed, union officials said.

The changes will be effective April 2.

In October, Spirit brought in IBM to take over some functions. The change affected 37 Spirit employees and 15 contractors, most of them on the help desk.

"Currently we are not structured to support the global IT requirements, so change is required," the company said in a statement. "This means prioritizing our IT core competencies — which ones provide a competitive advantage and should be grown in-house and which ones should be sourced through vendors with those specialties."

The two waves of reductions affect less than 40 percent of the company's information technology work force, Evans said.

"This is the end of the planned outsource activity in IT," he said. "As a result of our core competency focus, we can't absolutely rule out that there might be additional statements of work sourced out to vendors in the future, but none are currently planned."

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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