New Technical Author vacancies

#4138 Technical Author/API Documentation Writer, City of London, £37K-£40K DOE

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.

#4137 Technical Author, Cambridge, £28K-£40K DOE

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.

#4136 Lead Technical Author Leeds/Rhubarb Triangle Circa £30K

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.

Vacancies for Technical Authors

We have clients looking to recruit Technical Authors for the following positions:

Technical Author jobs – latest vacancies

We’re still looking for candidates for these Technical Author vacancies:

#4092 Documentation Team Leader, Antwerp, €45K-€50K
#4088 Jnr Technical Author / Technical Author, London
#4087 Jnr Technical Author / Technical Author, London SW4
#4086 Contract Senior Technical Author, 8 months, €32/hour Near Amsterdam
#4085 Technical Author, Lancashire £28K

Software Tester and Technical Author – should the two roles ever be put together?

We’ve a client looking to recruit a Technical Writer/Software Tester, which they are having difficulties filling (see
#4084 Technical Author/Software Tester, Surrey, £25K-£35K)

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?

Want a job as a Technical Author or Courseware Developer?

Here are some of the vacancies that have come in within the last 10 days, which we’re looking to fill:

How to apply

Vacancy – API Documentation Writer, Maidenhead, £42K-£50K

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.

Contact us if you wish to apply.

Workshop on on career development – an approach and key skills

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.