General Atomics and Affiliated Companies Technical Writer/Editor Lead in San Diego, California

Job ID#: 17231BR

Company: General Atomics

Title: Technical Writer/Editor Lead

Job Category: Business Development, Product Support

City: San Diego

State: California

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Salary

Travel Percentage Required: None

Clearance Required?: Desired

Job Summary:

General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Technical Writer/Editor Lead, located in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. We are looking for a qualified team leader to manage our team and provide effective guidance. This individual will be responsible for supervising, leading, and motivating team members on a daily basis.

With limited direction, this position participates with management and engineering/scientific teams to establish objectives, plans, and timelines for the development of comprehensive technical documents such as procedure manuals, operational specifications, training manuals, presentations, articles and related technical publications. Reviews document specifications and may negotiate specifications with customer(s). Coordinates with management and customer(s) to ensure final document(s) clearly and effectively communicate the technical information and data to the customer’s targeted audience(s). Provides input in the development of and monitors the implementation of technical documentation policies, practices, and standards. May serve as a spokesperson on technical documentation and may participate with technical team(s) to resolve technical/operational issues. Functions in a leadership role providing direction and guidance to professional or technical staff. May make recommendations to management on short and long-term planning.

Essential Functions

  • Create an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture

  • Set clear team goals, monitor team performance and report on metrics

  • Discover training needs and provide coaching; may develop programs and coordinate training of personnel.

  • Listen to team members’ feedback and resolve any issues or conflicts

  • Provides leadership in and actively participates in the daily operation of the Technical Publications department by prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.

  • Implements and monitors standard procedures for the timely and accurate production of required documents or graphics.

  • Interfaces with other departments, locations, and units to ensure maximum customer support.

  • May participate in the retention and development of personnel including interviewing, performance appraisals and promotion recommendations.

  • Coordinates with management and the customer to determine appropriate timelines, content, and format for the development of comprehensive engineering/scientific technical documents.

  • Develops detailed plans, statements of work, cost estimates and proposals for technical document production.

  • Coordinates aspects of preparing technical documents, including editing, to meet specified content and deadlines, including changes/modifications.

  • Coordinates the identification, accumulation, and analysis of appropriate technical information and data, including interviewing technical experts, observing processes, and researching and analyzing technical data and publications.

  • May participate with engineering/scientific teams to resolve technical/operational issues.

  • Serves as a specialist to management and customer by participating in technical documentation reviews and making customer related presentations as required.

  • May coordinate reproduction, release, distribution, and appropriate storage of documents.

  • May represent the organization as a primary contact on assigned project(s).

  • May recommend new and/or modifications to documentation policies and procedures.

  • Provides guidance in the document security classification process.

  • Provides guidance and training to teams of experienced technical professionals.

  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating practices and procedures.

We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

Job Qualifications:

  • Typically requires education/formal training equivalent to the completion of a bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline and ten or more years of professional engineering/scientific/military technical experience and/or professional in-depth engineering/scientific/technical/military documentation experience. In addition, must have two or more years of management/customer interface. Equivalent experience may be substituted in lieu of education/training.

  • Must demonstrate a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the engineering/scientific principles underlying the technology and a comprehensive and thorough understanding of technical document preparation.

  • Must have excellent working knowledge of the development of technical manuals and documentation, including editing and choice of media.

  • Must also have excellent working knowledge of computer-based tools in the production of technical documentation.

  • Must possess: (1) the ability to develop, acquire, interpret and communicate engineering/scientific technical data; (2) the ability to develop and communicate new concepts and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; (3) the ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information; (4) the ability to organize, schedule and coordinate work phases and determine the appropriate approach at the task or project level; (5) excellent leadership and organization skills in order to work with management and customers and represent the organization; and, (6) the ability to identify issues and develop advanced solutions to a variety of complex technical and administrative problems.

  • Ability to work both independently and lead in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours and travel as required.

General Atomics and affiliated companies is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.