Technical Writer - Documentation & Training

Burbank, California 91504

Posted: 03/05/2019 Job Category: Technical Writer Job Number: 107580

Company: SaaS Platform
Title: Technical Writer
Location: Burbank, CA
Type: Full-time, direct hire
Compensation: DOE, competitive benefits

Job Description
We are looking for a Technical Writer to produce high-quality documentation that contributes to the overall success of our products.  You will join a team of product managers who work collaboratively with developers, quality engineers, product designers, and domain experts to make our products easier to use. The key functions of this role will be producing (but not limited to):
  • Training Materials (Internal & External)
  • User Guides
  • Technical Documents
  • Release Notes
  • Creating and Maintaining a client-facing Knowledge Base

Essential Functions
  • Determine the needs of end users of technical documentation
  • Study product samples and talk with product designers and developers
  • Work with technical staff to make products easier to use and thus need fewer instructions
  • Organize and write supporting documents for products
  • Use photographs, drawings, diagrams, animation, and charts that increase users' understanding
  • Select appropriate medium for message or audience, such as manuals or online videos
  • Standardize content across platforms and media
  • Gather usability feedback from customers, designers, and manufacturers
  • Revise documents as new issues arise

Core Competencies

Leadership Skills
  • Actively assist with daily allocation of resources and coordinate activities across concurrent work streams
  • Willing to be hands on when necessary to troubleshoot and resolve issues, especially in critical situations, and work the hours necessary to deliver exceptional results
  • Creative, resourceful and innovative at tackling complex problems within tight timeframes
  • A leader as well as a team player who takes responsibility for results.
  • Ability to positively influence others to achieve goals

Productivity
  • Allocates own time efficiently 
  • Prioritizes and handles multiple demands 
  • Eliminates inefficiencies
  • Uses technology to enhance productivity

Initiative
  • Self-starter
  • Accepts and promotes continuous improvement
  • Overcomes barriers to achieve success

People Development
  • Ability to accurately assess and develop the skills and competencies of others
  • Includes coaching and the use of delegation as a development approach
  • Gives frequent and accurate feedback based on fact and not opinions

IT Knowledge
  • Strong experience managing products using standard project management practices
  • Experience with business analysis and methodologies
  • Familiarity with Agile/Scrum concepts, rules and process

Interpersonal Skills
  • Treats people with respect 
  • Relates well to all levels and kinds of people inside and outside the organization
  • Is tactful and uses diplomacy
  • Makes others comfortable and puts them at ease
  • Builds constructive and effective relationships
  • Capable of diffusing tense situations comfortably

Planning, Managing and Organizing 
  • Strong planning and estimating skills
  • Detail-oriented with excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Proficiency in prioritizing tasks and balancing workloads to meet project objectives
  • Willing to be hands on when necessary to ensure timely and quality completion of projects
  • Develops short and long term plans that span across a range of activities
  • Integrates planning efforts across departments or functions

Communication Skills  
  • Good written, verbal, and listening skills
  • Maintain a positive working relationships with all individuals
  • Comfortable in group or small settings

Requirements
  • Proven working experience in technical writing of software documentation
  • Ability to deliver high quality documentation paying attention to detail
  • Ability to quickly grasp complex technical concepts and make them easily understandable in text and pictures
  • Excellent written skills in English
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Basic familiarity with the SDLC and software development
  • University degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent preferred

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