• Staff Level Technical Writer

    Posted Date 2 months ago(8/8/2018 2:18 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    No clearance
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in a related specialized area or field, or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience



    Applicants selected may be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Staff Level Technical Writer to work on the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical Increment 2 Post-Deployment Software Support (WIN-T Inc 2 PDSS) Program. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.



    Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

    • Creates, develops, plans, writes and edits complex operational, instructional, interactive electronic technical manuals (IETMs), maintenance or test procedures for paper, multimedia or web-based publication
    • Conducts interviews with various users and technical staff to gather data for documentation
    • Researches and translates technical information into manuals and/or web-based documents for nontechnical and technical users
    • Acquires subject knowledge by interviewing product developers, observing performance of production methods, referring to technical specifications, blueprints, engineering illustrations, and trade journals 
    • Responsive to technical and customer requirements
    • Produces products that conform to the company documentation and quality assurance standards
    • Provides recommendations and ideas to the technical documentation team, project leads, management and the customer on best work practices, workflow, presentation, structure and organization of materials by developing new work processes and methods using existing authoring tools, new authoring tools and third party plug-ins in order to improve work process efficiency and overall quality of customer deliverables
    • Documents engineering processes and specifications by editing software developer and engineering staff's notes and procedures and apply formatting in order to support the writing and publication of hardware and software test procedures, white papers, readme files, etc.
    • Proactively informs management team and project leads to report project status, issues or concerns, including issues of scope, schedule
    • Ensures the accurate preparation of documents for interim and final delivery to customer by creating and preparing materials (agendas, etc.) in order to facilitate various validations and verifications of manuals with the customer
    • Mentors junior writers, providing feedback and critiquing work to assist with developing leadership skills, documentation skills and expertise with production tools, projects, etc.


    Excellent People Skills Required to Interact With:

    • Internal customers
    • External customers
    • Program and Project Leads
    • Program Management
    • External customers, suppliers and subcontractors
    • Department personnel
    • Members of Engineering and Technical Staff
    • Consultants


    Other Expectations:

    • Travel may be required
    • Works under very limited supervision
    • Works with no instruction on day-to-day work
    • Expert use and application of standard principles, theories, concepts, and techniques
    • Provides resolutions to an assortment of problems of highly complex scope
    • Uses judgment within defined practices and procedures
    • Subject matter expert (SME) in one discipline/field and with working knowledge in adjacent disciplines/fields
    • Ability to obtain a Secret Security Clearance


    • Strong proficiency with Adobe FrameMaker
    • Strong knowledge of xml authoring tools and publication systems
    • Strong ability to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways
    • Strong English language skills including accurate definitions and spelling of relevant technical words, rules of composition, and grammar
    • Strong written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with the target audience
    • Strong ability to research and interpret data
    • Strong working knowledge of DoD MIL Standards and style guides and the ability to adhere to and implement such standards to technical documentation
    • Strong time management and organizational skills
    • Strong ability to manage complex tasks from kick off to delivery
    • Strong customer interface skills and sensitivity to customer satisfaction
    • Strong communications skills with teammates, direct management, program management, engineering/technical staff
    • Work is performed without appreciable direction
    • Considered as an information expert in several areas of their job (i.e. production tools, projects, DoD MIL STD, IETMS, etc.)
    • Excellent people skills


    Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing, English, or in a related area is required plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience

    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation.  With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas.  Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency.  We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose.  You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded.  If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!


    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce.  EOE/Disability/Veteran


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