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Technical Writer - Microbiology

Seattle, WA · Biotech/Pharmaceutical
Hansell Tierney is one of the premier staffing and recruiting companies in the Pacific Northwest.  Launched in 2001, we are a woman-owned business that serves and staffs Northwest organizations by doing things the right way, not just the easiest way.  Hansell Tierney partners with candidates and clients to match the best candidates with interesting local opportunities.  We navigate every relationship with the highest level of discretion and service while holding ourselves accountable to our promises.  Our business thrives on our deep understanding of the job market and our ability to skillfully tailor our recruitment process to meet our clients’ unique needs.
 
We are currently helping our client, a Seattle-based bio-pharmaceutical company, with a search for a Technical Writer, QC Microbiology​
 
Duration: 6 month contract
Location: Bothell, WA
US citizens and those authorized to work in the US are encouraged to apply.
Work sponsorship is not available at this time.
 
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POSITION:
Technical writers prepare standard operating procedures, work instruction manuals, how-to guides, training materials, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. They also develop, gather, and disseminate technical information through an organization’s communications channels. Technical writers are also responsible for managing the consistency of technical content and its use across departments. This role will closely interact with QC Microbiology and its multiple partners to create high quality documents that support  contamination control strategy, environmental monitoring program, technical assays related to product disposition, and site infrastructure expansion projects.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES: 
Education:
• A bachelor’s degree in English or another communications-related subject.
• Technical writing jobs may require candidates to have both a degree and knowledge of a technical field, such as engineering, computer science, or medicine.

Experience
• 3-5 years’ experience in a regulated industry (preferably in GMP QC Microbiology).
• 3-5 years’ experience in technical writing.

Knowledge
• English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
• Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
• Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
• Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
• Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

Skills
• Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
• Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
• Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
• Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
• Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities
• Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
• Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
• Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
• Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
• Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Determine the needs of users of technical documentation.
• Study product samples and talk with product designers and developers.
• Work with technical staff to make products and instructions easier to use.
• Write or revise supporting content for products.
• Edit material prepared by other writers or staff.
• Incorporate animation, graphs, illustrations, or photographs to increase users’ understanding of the material.
• Select appropriate medium, such as manuals or videos, for message or audience.
• Standardize content across platforms and media.
• Collect user feedback to update and improve content.
• Organize material and complete writing assignment according to set standards regarding order, clarity, conciseness, style, and terminology.
• Edit, standardize, or make changes to material prepared by other writers or establishment personnel.
• Select photographs, drawings, sketches, diagrams, and charts to illustrate material.
• Interview production and engineering personnel and read journals and other material to become familiar with product technologies and production methods.
• Analyze developments in specific field to determine need for revisions in previously published materials and development of new material.
• Review published materials and recommend revisions or changes in scope, format, content, and methods of reproduction and binding.
• Confer with customer representatives, vendors, plant executives, or publisher to establish technical specifications and to determine subject material to be developed for publication.
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