Technical Author - S3

BMR Solutions Technical Recruitment
Clevedon, Avon
08 Jul 2017
07 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

BMR Solutions is currently looking to recruit a Technical Author to work for our client who is a large manufacturing / engineering company.
Job Title: Technical Author
Salary: £28,000
Location: Clevedon, Somerset and Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Contract length: 9 months
Sector: Engineering / Manufacturing / Technical Writing / Documentation
As a Technical Author you will write, produce and accurately maintain non-standard addendums and manuals, together with associated addendums/manuals and other documentation to quality standards and house style. You will also have the opportunity to help further develop the processes and styles of our documentation in what is an exciting and busy time for the Company.
The position will be split between Clevedon and Burgess Hill in order for the successful candidate to work with project teams on both sites.
You should be qualified to degree or HNC/HND in mechanical or electromechanical engineering; appropriate time served apprenticeships or forces experience will be considered. Experience as a practising engineer would be an advantage but must have the aptitude to quickly understand a diverse range of products and their applications.
The role will require a good working knowledge of XML (preferably using Oxygen) and of a CCMS system (preferably Ixiasofts DITA CMS)
You should be able to demonstrate:
o Five years technical authoring experience in an engineering environment either employed by an engineering company or an agency.
o The ability to write clear, concise English by producing previous work.
o Familiarity with manufacturing delivery environments and associated processes and terminology
Any skills in the following areas would be advantageous:
o Must have good I.T. skills, especially competence with software running on the Microsoft Windows operating system.
o A good working knowledge and recent use of Adobe Framemaker (V9 onwards) and Microsoft Office 2010, along with experience in writing in DITA XML.
o Must be able to accurately interpret mechanical drawings and electrical diagrams, and also data and instructions given by project engineers and technologists.
o Must be able to carry out editorial reviewing of work produced by peers.
o Must be able to follow processes as instructed by the Documentation Manager.

Any skills in the following areas are also beneficial:
o Use of Microsoft SharePoint
o Experience of working in a Component Content Management System
o Familiarity with extracting images from CAD drawings and 3D models
o Illustration/graphic design/digital photography and photo editing, and the use of software such as Corel Draw and PhotoPaint
o Indexing and taxonomy
o User interface design
o Task analysis
o Content development
o Facilitating technical reviews
o Formatting and publishing