• Senior Advanced Technical Writer

    Posted Date 3 months ago(6/14/2019 3:17 PM)
    Job Location
    USA-CO-Colorado Springs
    Required 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

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an Senior Advanced Technical Writer to work on the Soaring Eagle 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

    • Recommends formats

    • Responsive to technical and customer requirements

    • Produces products that conform to the company documentation and quality assurance standards

    • Mentors junior writers, providing feedback and critiquing work to assist with developing leadership skills, documentation skills and expertise with production tools, projects, etc.; provides input to junior writers PC for evaluation, recommendations for skills improvement and objective setting

    • Researches new production tools and third party software that will help improve work processes by conducting research via the Internet, trade journals, seminars, user forums, etc. to solve current work-flow problems and suggest to management ways to improve our documentation process

    • Provides recommendations and ideas to the technical documentation team, project leads, management and the customer on best work practices, work-flow, 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

    • Plans, budgets and schedules technical writing projects including the coordination of work assignments with other members of the technical documents team; leads teams/large projects

    • Supports CMMI efforts by defining methods and procedures on new assignments

    • 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


    • Uses professional concepts and company objectives 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

    • Considered as an expert in several areas of their job (i.e. production tools, projects, DoD MIL STD, IETMs, etc.)

    • Strong proficiency with editing and production tools (i.e. FrameMaker, MS Word, Arbor Text, etc.)

    • Strong knowledge of publication systems

    • Strong team leader skills with ability to supervise and excellent people skills

    • Strong time management and organizational skills

    • Strong ability to manage and lead 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


    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

    Department of Defense TS/SCI security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will 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.

    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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