This is an opportunity to join a technical writing team within a fast-growing, independent software company. Our client develops Web-based financial trading software for the world’s largest financial institutions. They have an immediate vacancy for a Technical Author with a passion for technical communication.
One of the most successful software companies in Cambridge is looking to recruit a Technical Author to join its team. The company has grown rapidly over recent years, based on a philosophy of hiring great people, providing an enjoyable working culture and environment, and building great products.
Our client, based south of Leeds, is the leading supplier of document management software to the NHS, and it has plans to grow within the UK and internationally. It is looking to recruit a Lead Technical Author.
This is a great opportunity to lead their documentation and video strategy, along with the opportunities that result from working for a growing business.
We’re seeing an increasing demand in UK organisations looking to recruit technical communicators who can write API documentation. If you’re based in the EU, you can be kept up to date with details on these opportunities by registering as a recruitment candidate with Cherryleaf.
As part of the process of promoting this vacancy, we posed the following questions in a forum on LinkedIn for testers (Software Testing & Quality Assurance) and in a forum for Technical Authors (Technical Writer Forum):
What do Software Testers feel about hybrid roles – where you’re writing the user documentation and conducting the testing? We’ve a client looking for such a person, which is why I ask.
What do you feel about hybrid roles – where you’re writing the user documentation and conducting the testing?
We’ve a client looking for such a person, which is why I ask.
There were a lot of responses. In general, the Software Testers felt it should be two separate roles, whereas the Technical Authors felt it could work as an information hybrid role. They were more confident they could do both roles than the software testers. There were some concerns, however, over it extending the critical path of projects.
I suspect the roles are merged more often than people imagine, especially in smaller companies. What do you think?
Our client is looking for someone to join its documentation team and be responsible for developing the documentation required by software developers using its software. This is a fast growing company, at the front in its market sector, so you need to comfortable working in the challenging, rewarding and informal environment that this successful start-up company engenders.
This documentation covers software architectures, and it also provides information on how to develop software applications using the Software Developer Kits, APIs and developer tools. The role involves deriving documentation from the project source code and leading this aspect of the documentation process within the Technical Documentation team.
You need to have:
A degree in Computer Science, Technical Communications or any other relevant technical subject
At least 1 year’s experience of technical writing in the technology sector
The ability to read and/or write in Java (and ideally other high-level programming languages)
The ability to develop code samples and applications
Experience of working in a commercial software development environment
Ideally, you will have experience of working in a Single Source environment and Open Source programming environments.
I’ve been asked to present a workshop at the STC TransAlpine Conference on ”career development – an approach and key skills”. This will be held on 8th June in Vienna. I’m a late replacement for a speaker who has unfortunately been taken ill.
We’ll look at:
Future trends in technical communication – where’s it all heading
Personality of success – for technical authors
Marketing yourself (with exercises)
Job hunting and networking (with exercises)
Delegates can also bring along their CVs/Resumes and I ‘ll critique them.