IFS is a high growth, global high-tech employer with a suite of products including the most widely-used aviation maintenance software platform in the world. We have the distinct pleasure of working with a wide range of the world's leading aviation and defense organizations including companies like GE, Saab, BAE Systems, Southwest Airlines, LATAM, and Qantas – to design, develop, and deliver mission critical enterprise software.
Our employees come to work every day knowing that they are doing something that really matters – they help make maintenance more predictable, and reliable for the global aviation and defense community. In the last few years, our Aviation and Defense headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, has seen tremendous growth and has now surpassed 300 employees serving global markets.
As a Technical Writer at IFS, you are fully integrated within a cross functional Agile team in a highly collaborative environment. Your colleagues (product owner, testers, developers) are readily available to pair with, or to work through questions and problems on a white-board. You directly contribute to the success of our business by applying your skills and experience to the planning, design and development of persona-driven, XML based, product content. You engage with your fellow writers to contribute to the continuous improvement of the writing process and standards, with a goal to maintain superior quality, consistency, and effective content management.
Senior Technical Writer Knowledge and Skills:
Ownership, Quality and Effort: Assesses scope, risks and priority of complex work (over 3-4 months cycles). Communicates priorities with the right stakeholders within R&D "at the right level" - adapting the message so that it is relevant and well understood. Able to break down and estimate effort on complex tasks effectively and produce high quality, production ready documentation within a reasonable amount of time. Assesses and accurately evaluates quality of work delivered by peers. Takes appropriate, corrective actions to ensure quality and consistency on their cross functional team, in concert with a holistic view of the entire suite of product documentation.
Problem Solving and Design: Solves problems that require craft mastery and can move from abstract models to a practical problem-solving approach. Tackles problems within their cross functional team as well as those that impact all Product Documentation – able to grasp the broad view and the details of difficult problems. Applies strong information synthesis and organization/reorganization skills to find ways to structure and manage content that improves usability and maintainability.
Communication and Sphere of Influence: Is a model of open, honest, and constructive communication. Is both a high performing team member and team builder - meeting the team "where they are" and nurturing positive, continuous improvement on the team. Supporting and mentoring other team members as needed with respect to their craft. Able to grasp client needs quickly across various domains (breadth and depth) while being focused on our ability to deliver value to these clients.
Capabilities and Learning: Completely self-directed and skilled at learning. Is an "early adopter" and active contributor and leader of new technology and process adoption as appropriate. Supports, nurtures, and evangelizes knowledge and expertise with others.
Education and Experience:
- College Diploma or University Degree with a specialization in Technical Communication (or another technical discipline with relevant experience).
- At least 5 to 8 years of years of relevant professional experience working in a software development environment.
- Working knowledge of architecting and writing content to facilitate reuse and single sourcing.
- Able to analyze content management issues and determine the best resolutions in various contexts.
- Some experience at mentoring others on developing content in an Agile environment, demonstrating how it helps to build high quality documentation.
- Excellent planning, organizational, and time management skills.
Nice to Haves:
- Aviation Maintenance domain knowledge is an asset.
- Experience with web content design.
- Knowledge and understanding of user experience design.
If you are looking for an exciting opportunity to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by Applying for this Job below.
We welcome applications from all interested candidates, however only these selected for an interview will be contacted. IFS is an equal opportunity employer and accommodates people with disabilities throughout the recruitment and selection process. If you have a disability, please contact one of the Talent Acquisition Specialists to let us know how we can accommodate you