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Senior Technical Writer

Job Description

SUMMARY

At Kollmorgen, our mission is to be the best at solving the most demanding motion challenges through collaboration with our end users, customers, suppliers, innovation partners and each other. We are seeking to hire a full-time Senior Technical Writer position in Santa Barbara, CA. This Senior Technical Writer will develop, modify, and edit customer facing technical documentation, including HTML Help, product manuals, technical notes, datasheets, and sales publications.

In this role, the candidate will work directly with engineering and customer support teams to gain a comprehensive understanding of products and technologies. The primary responsibility is to generate content for an online support site and manage outside service providers (OSP) to assist in content generation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and edit product documentation for software and hardware.
  • Work directly with engineers and outside vendors to document new product features, APIs, and GUIs.
  • Create Online Help for various GUIs and print-friendly PDF documents from single-source.
  • Help to maintain the company Support site with articles and uploaded content.
  • Create release notes for software releases.
  • Create and edit graphics, diagrams, and optimize digital photos.
  • Create how-to videos and screencasts to convey technical concepts.
  • Manage vendors and projects for translation and prepare deliverables for distribution.
  • Function as liaison between translation providers and SME or reviewers.
  • Utilize continuous improvement to refine workflows for improving the development cycle of documentation.
  • Utilize project management for tracking projects.



Critical Competencies

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to comprehend high-level technology concepts and make them understandable in text and graphics is required.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to organize and maintain a library of data and graphics.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail with high regard for quality and efficiency.
  • Ability to maintain, cultivate, and grow vendor relationships.
  • MadCap Lingo Translation Management or similar knowledge of various computer-aided translation tools is a plus.
  • Experience with content strategy and writing content for localization is a plus.
  • Proficiency with project management tools.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies is a plus.
  • Familiarity with motion control technology, software development, Visual BASIC, motion control, servo closed-loop control, I/O devices, and networks is a plus.
  • Web development or programming experience with JS, PHP, or Python is a plus.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years experience in technical writing.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS required.
  • Proficiency with Madcap Flare CMS and similar tools.
  • Proficiency with Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Corel Draw or equivalent software.
  • Knowledge of the localization industry and a minimum of 2 years experience in translation or project coordination.

Key Relationships

Internal: Engineering Team, Applications Engineering Team, Kollmorgen Marketing Team

External: Customer and vendor interaction.

Travel

Occasional travel may be required (both domestic and international) less than 10%

**Must be willing and able to travel by all forms of transportation.

Physical Demand and Work Environment

Standard for the position.

EEO Statement: The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as an ''Altra Company.'' Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and all Altra Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. The ''EEO is the Law'' poster is available at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you have a disability and need assistance accessing or using this website to apply for a position, you can request assistance by sending an email to .

#LI-SW1

The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as an ''Altra Company.'' Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and all Altra Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. The ''EEO is the Law'' poster is available at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process will have the opportunity to request accommodation during the application process.

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Job Snapshot

Location US-CA-Santa Barbara, California, US
Employment Type Full-Time
Pay Type Hour
Pay Rate N/A
Store Type Engineering & Aerospace
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Company Overview

Altra Industrial Motion Corporate

Altra is a premier global designer and producer of a wide range of motion control and power transmission solutions. With engineered components and systems that provide the essential control of equipment speed, torque, positioning, and other functions, Altra products can be used in nearly any machine, process or application involving motion. From precision motors embedded in medical robots to heavy duty brakes used in rugged mining applications, Altra has been solving complex customer challenges around the world for decades. Our products are marketed under a variety of well recognized and established brands, including: Ameridrives, Bauer Gear Motor, Bibby Turboflex, Boston Gear, Delroyd Worm Gear, Formsprag Clutch, Guardian Couplings, Huco, Industrial Clutch, Inertia Dynamics, Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Kilian, Kollmorgen, Lamiflex Couplings, Marland Clutch, Matrix, Nuttall Gear, Portescap, Stieber, Stromag, Svendborg Brakes, Thomson, TB Wood's, Twiflex, Warner Electric, Warner Linear. Learn More

Contact Information

US-CA-Santa Barbara, California, US
Altra Industrial Motion Corp.
000-000-0000
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Altra Industrial Motion Corporate
Company:
US-CA-Santa Barbara, California, US
Location:
Full-Time
Employment Type:
Hour
Pay Type:
N/A
Pay Rate:
Engineering & Aerospace
Store Type:

Job Description

SUMMARY

At Kollmorgen, our mission is to be the best at solving the most demanding motion challenges through collaboration with our end users, customers, suppliers, innovation partners and each other. We are seeking to hire a full-time Senior Technical Writer position in Santa Barbara, CA. This Senior Technical Writer will develop, modify, and edit customer facing technical documentation, including HTML Help, product manuals, technical notes, datasheets, and sales publications.

In this role, the candidate will work directly with engineering and customer support teams to gain a comprehensive understanding of products and technologies. The primary responsibility is to generate content for an online support site and manage outside service providers (OSP) to assist in content generation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and edit product documentation for software and hardware.
  • Work directly with engineers and outside vendors to document new product features, APIs, and GUIs.
  • Create Online Help for various GUIs and print-friendly PDF documents from single-source.
  • Help to maintain the company Support site with articles and uploaded content.
  • Create release notes for software releases.
  • Create and edit graphics, diagrams, and optimize digital photos.
  • Create how-to videos and screencasts to convey technical concepts.
  • Manage vendors and projects for translation and prepare deliverables for distribution.
  • Function as liaison between translation providers and SME or reviewers.
  • Utilize continuous improvement to refine workflows for improving the development cycle of documentation.
  • Utilize project management for tracking projects.



Critical Competencies

  • Strong communication skills and the ability to comprehend high-level technology concepts and make them understandable in text and graphics is required.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to organize and maintain a library of data and graphics.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail with high regard for quality and efficiency.
  • Ability to maintain, cultivate, and grow vendor relationships.
  • MadCap Lingo Translation Management or similar knowledge of various computer-aided translation tools is a plus.
  • Experience with content strategy and writing content for localization is a plus.
  • Proficiency with project management tools.
  • Experience with Agile methodologies is a plus.
  • Familiarity with motion control technology, software development, Visual BASIC, motion control, servo closed-loop control, I/O devices, and networks is a plus.
  • Web development or programming experience with JS, PHP, or Python is a plus.

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum of 7 years experience in technical writing.
  • Knowledge of HTML and CSS required.
  • Proficiency with Madcap Flare CMS and similar tools.
  • Proficiency with Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Corel Draw or equivalent software.
  • Knowledge of the localization industry and a minimum of 2 years experience in translation or project coordination.

Key Relationships

Internal: Engineering Team, Applications Engineering Team, Kollmorgen Marketing Team

External: Customer and vendor interaction.

Travel

Occasional travel may be required (both domestic and international) less than 10%

**Must be willing and able to travel by all forms of transportation.

Physical Demand and Work Environment

Standard for the position.

EEO Statement: The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as an ''Altra Company.'' Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and all Altra Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. The ''EEO is the Law'' poster is available at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. If you have a disability and need assistance accessing or using this website to apply for a position, you can request assistance by sending an email to .

#LI-SW1

The company in which you have expressed employment interest is a subsidiary or affiliate of Altra Industrial Motion Corp. The subsidiary or affiliate is referred to as an ''Altra Company.'' Altra Industrial Motion Corp. and all Altra Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or other characteristics protected by law. The ''EEO is the Law'' poster is available at: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process will have the opportunity to request accommodation during the application process.

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