Fleet Documentation Technical Editor/Writer - Military veterans preferred

2018-10-30
General Dynamics Mission Systems (https://gdmissionsystems.com/careers/)
Other

/yr

  full-time   employee


Pittsfield
Massachusetts
United States

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in a related specialized area or field, or equivalent is required plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree.
CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Department of Defense Secret security clearance is not required 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.
Responsibilities for this Position
General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Fleet Documentation Technical Editor/Writer. 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.
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES AND TASKS:
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
Responsible for defining and determining best practice process and procedures for collected data to be transposed to professional writing product
Works with junior writers providing feedback and critiquing work in order to help develop leadership skills, documentation skills and expertise with production tools, projects, etc.
Documents engineering processes and specifications by editing software developer and engineering staff's notes and procedures and applying formatting in order to support the writing and publication of hardware and software test procedures, white papers, readme files, etc.
Proactively informs the technical documentation lead of assignment status, issues or concerns, including issues of scope, schedule, process, and quality through informal meetings, and emailed status reports to keep the technical documentation lead informed
Ensures the accurate preparation of documents for interim and final delivery to customer by participating in peer review of documentation; work is reviewed by senior staff at frequent intervals
Often interacts with:
Internal customers
Program Leads
External customers, suppliers and subcontractors
Department personnel
Members of Engineering and Technical Staff
Engineering Personnel
Works with little instruction on day-to-day work and with specific instructions on new or high level assignments
Full use and application of standard principles, theories, concepts, and techniques
Provides resolutions to an assortment of problems of moderately complex scope
Uses judgment within defined practices and procedures

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
•Considerable knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar
•Considerable written communication skills and the ability to tailor communication to target audience
•Considerable verbal communication, listening and interviewing skills
•Considerable ability to research highly technical information and interpret data
•Considerable An understanding of DoD MIL Standards and style guides and the ability to adhere to and implement such standards to technical documentation
•Strives to grow expertise in the fundamentals of their job (i.e. production tools, projects, DoD MIL STD, IETMS, etc.)
•Develops solutions to a variety of problems of moderate scope and complexity
•Considerable experience with editing and production tools (i.e. MS Word, Arbor Text, etc.)
•Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action
•Considerable ability to build productive internal/external working relationship
•Frequently interacts with internal company and external contacts
•Represents organization on specific projects as required
•Works under only very general supervision
•Provides work direction to other employees as 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