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Staff Technical Writer

  • GE Oil & Gas
  • Experienced
  • Posted 1/12/2017 11:56:49 AM
  • 2824150
  • Job Function: Digital Technology
  • Business Segment: Oil & Gas Digital
Location(s): United States ; Colorado; Longmont


About Us:
GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Role Summary:
As a Senior Software Technical Writer, you will be responsible for working independently on technical writing projects. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to produce high-quality documentation. Also, you will contribute to larger team on projects as needed.

Essential Responsibilities:

In this role, you will:

  • Efficiently document processes, installations, etc.
  • Be skilled in the process of breaking down software processes and effectively communicating the breakdown in writing
  • Actively participate in daily Scrum stand-up meetings , weekly planning, and review meetings
  • Have the ability to estimate the working time required to complete a task
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, primarily Software Engineering, Quality Assurance, Design, Project Management, and Marketing to produce high-quality, accurate, and concise customer documentation
  • Independently deliver Online Help, User Guide, Installation Guide, Administrator Guide, Release Notes and Whitepapers for multiple products
  • Develop topic-based single-source documentation using MadCap Flare and Confluence
  • Test the user interface for consistency, simplified workflow, and internationalization
  • Coordinate all translations for assigned product suites as required
  • Validate, test, review, and edit new and existing customer documentation for quality
  • Actively participate in daily Scrum meetings, weekly planning, and review meetings
  • Track and manage project efforts using issue tracking software such as JIRA or Rally
  • Participate in active learning and knowledge sharing sessions with peers in the Technical Publications department

    Qualifications/Requirements:

    Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (OR high school diploma with at least 8 years’ experience in a technical writing role)
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in technical writing or Master’s degree with 3 years of experience with technical writing

    Eligibility Requirements

  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S. is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this job
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen
  • Must be willing to travel 10%
  • Must be willing to work out of an office located in Longmont, Co

    Desired Characteristics:

    Technical Expertise:

  • Has a solid understanding of Lean/Agile/XP software development processes and their application to GE projects
  • Creates and maintains wiki-based User Guides, Training Guides, Implementation Guides, Release Notes, Quick Reference Guides and other collateral material.
  • Designs, develops, and maintains training materials to facilitate instructor-led classroom training classes and online video training.
  • Constructs and maintains datasets to support training materials and user testing.
  • Participates in developing documentation and testing plans for new applications and/or features.
  • Communicates regularly with Business Analysts and Developers in an Agile environment to ensure documentation is accurate and effective.
  • Documents end-user online help system based on written specifications, interviews with other team members, and hands-on testing of the applications.
  • Assumes responsibility for managing and coordinating the online help system.
  • Helps to create and maintain a controlled glossary of application specific terminology / acronyms
  • Possesses a working understanding of the Oil and Gas industry and expresses this understanding, where appropriate, in documentation
  • Possesses an awareness of the major aspects of software development, namely test automation, build & deploy, debugging, performance optimization, & data structures

    Business Acumen:

  • Possesses a full understanding of the way that the product provides value to the customer
  • Skilled in breaking down problems, documenting problem statements and estimating efforts
  • Has the ability to effectively collaborate with other technical writers and other individuals within the business to drive outcomes
  • Has the ability to learn through experiences on tasks that require novel skills and apply that learning to future tasks

    Leadership:

  • Ability to takes ownership of small and medium sized tasks and deliver while mentoring and helping team members
  • Ensures understanding of issues and presents clear rationale. Able to speak to mutual needs and win-win solutions. Uses two-way communication to influence outcomes and ongoing results
  • Identifies misalignments with goals, objectives, and work direction against the organizational strategy. Makes suggestions to course correct
  • Continuously measures deliverables of self and team against scheduled commitments. Effectively balances different, competing objectives

    Personal Attributes:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Effective team building and problem solving abilities
  • Uses the principles of analytical/critical thinking regularly while performing tasks and is able to effectively make decisions about their project

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    Locations: United States ; Colorado; Longmont

    GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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