Technical Author

Recruiter
Bristol Industrial
Location
Clevedon
Salary
£30000 - £36000 per annum
Posted
15 Apr 2017
Closes
15 May 2017
Sector
Engineering
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Technical Author based in Clevedon to join an expanding company. The business is highly innovative; customer focused and has grown rapidly over recent years.
  • £30,000 - £36,000 per annum
  • 37.5 hour per week contract
  • Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Performance related bonus scheme
  • Subsidised canteen on site
  • Free parking
  • Uniform provided
The Technical Author should have an understanding of all aspects of the documentation lifecycle, working closely with team members and project subject matter experts, producing the highest quality documentation to ensure that up-to-date work instruction manuals and other documentation is available to customers, Company service personnel and staff world-wide in printed and electronic formats.


As a Technical Author your duties will be:
  • Plan, research, write, and edit documents from conception to delivery;
  • Gather information by studying existing technical content, interviewing subject matter experts and sometimes interacting with the product directly
  • Monitor related information sources and attend appropriate project meetings to determine and communicate requirements, priorities and dependencies
  • Adapt written and graphical communication styles to suit different target audiences.
  • Create or commission photographs or illustrations;
  • With the product Technical Authority, scrutinise, proof read and edit as necessary all documentation produced, to ensure complete accuracy of content and presentation prior to distribution.
  • Where possible, testing content with users to refine and improve so their needs are met as effectively as possible.
  • Reviewing the way the Company's technical documents are compiled and produced, suggesting improvements and implementing agreed changes.
  • Maintaining the accuracy of all technical publication databases/records by amending them as required
An ideal Technical Author will hold the following skills and experiences:
  • BSc degree or HNC/HND in mechanical or electromechanical engineering; appropriate time served apprenticeships or forces experience will be considered.
  • Strong technical writing experience in an engineering environment
  • Familiarity with manufacturing delivery environments and associated processes and terminology.
  • A good working knowledge and recent use of Adobe Framemaker (V9 onwards) and Microsoft Office 2010
  • Must have experience of writing in DITA XML
  • Must be able to accurately interpret mechanical drawings and electrical diagrams, and also data and instructions given by project engineers and technologists
  • Any skills in the following areas are also beneficial:
    - Use of Microsoft SharePoint;
    - Familiarity with extracting images from 3D models
    - Illustration/graphic design/digital photography and photo editing, and the use of software such as Corel Draw/PhotoPaint and Adobe Fireworks;
To find out more, please apply online with an up to date CV or give us a call on 0117 9294422 and ask for Bethan

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