Head of Technical Writing

  • Government Digital Service
  • The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High St, London E1 8QS, UK
  • Nov 20, 2019
Full-time Technical Writing

Job Description

Who we are

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is part of the Cabinet Office. We lead the digital transformation of the UK government so that it works better for everyone. Our work is user-focused, dynamic and forward-looking, making our organisation an exciting and innovative place to work. 

Find out more at the GDS Blog


Your role  

As Head of Technical Writing you’ll be an expert in your field. You’ll work across GDS and with many departments and agencies across government to improve the quality of technical documentation and technology guidance. 

You’ll advocate for user-centred technical content alongside community leads in technology, content, user research, and design. You’ll build technical writing capability across government and raise awareness of the profession within government and in industry. 

GDS manages its software documentation using a ‘docs as code’ approach. You’ll oversee all maintenance of GDS’ documentation tools and process and make recommendations on how to improve existing content. 

You’ll also oversee technology guidance published by GDS on GOV.UK. For example, advice to government departments on how to open code or make their frontend code accessible.  

The GDS technical writing team has published a blog post about what it’s like working as a technical writer at GDS.  

What you’ll do

As Head of Technical Writing, you’ll lead the technical writing team at GDS and the technical writing profession across government

Who you are

We’re looking for people with strong interpersonal skills who enjoy working in a delivery focused, agile environment. We’re looking for people who care about technology and know how to make projects succeed.

What we value

Respect, collaboration and trust are at the core of our culture. We trust each other to do our best work. We believe in our mission and work for the whole population. We can only do that by being an inclusive and diverse organisation. 

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