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Technical Writer III

San Jose Metro Area, CA

Posted: 01/15/2019 Job Type: Engineering Job Number: JN -012019-23396
Technical Writer III
Mountain View, CA

Position Description
  • Technical writers communicate complex information clearly, concisely and accurately, and without relying on jargon
  • As a technical writer for internal engineering content, your role involves tasks such as writing conceptual overviews and procedures, writing code walkthroughs, documenting APIs, creating reference materials, or updating existing documents
  • You will also be managing a large number of documentation sets, mobilizing engineers to write content, and researching information from various sources, including the source code.
Project Overview:
  • The API (Apps and Product Infrastructure) Productivity docs team document platform, frameworks, libraries, and tools used by engineers to create web and mobile apps
Top 3 Daily Responsibilities:
  • Manage large and complex documentation projects, collaborate with engineers to create content, and drive a culture of documentation in various engineering teams
  • Organize information in an easily discoverable, coherent, and intuitive fashion
  • Learn complex technical information and create well-written technical documentation for engineers, such as architectural overviews, tutorials for software developers, debugging guides, API programming guides, and more
Mandatory / Required Skills:
  • BA/BS degree in any field
  • 3+ years of writing development guides
  • Succinct and elegant communication style
  • 3+ years of experience working with engineering and product management teams as part of the software development process
  • Experience reading and understanding source code written in Java, C++, JavaScript, or Objective C (Must be able to understand written code)
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS
  • Strong collaboration and project management skills
  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
Desired/Nice to Have Skills/Not Required:
  • Proven track record of researching and writing effective documentation for engineers; experience writing for internal audiences
  • Skilled at understanding intended audience (existing clients, prospective clients) and adjusting document style and structure appropriately to meet contextual goals
  • Proficiency in a Unix environment
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