Manager, Technical Writing

  • Google
  • United States
  • Oct 13, 2020
Full-time Technical Writing

Job Description

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • 5 years of experience managing or leading technical writers
  • Experience in team management.
  • Experience with source code written in Java, C++, Python and/or JavaScript.

Preferred qualifications:

  • 10 years of technical writing experience.
  • Experience producing technical documentation for a developer audience.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.
  • Ability to build relationships and advocate the craft with internal stakeholders.
  • Written and spoken communication skills.

About the job

Technical writers communicate complex information clearly, concisely and accurately, and without relying on jargon. As a technical writer, your role involves tasks such as writing conceptual overviews and procedures, reading and writing example code, or updating help center queries and FAQs. Technical writers play a big part at Google. They are a key link between engineers, marketing associates, developer advocates, as well as all the external users and developers, tying together many vital but disparate parts of the Google ecosystem.

Using your extensive technical and leadership experience, you manage a team of writers, setting direction, giving feedback, collaborating internally and lending specific content expertise.

As a Technical Writing Manager, you'll manage a team of Technical Writers who develop documentation for developer audiences. In this role, you will interact with engineering and other internal and external groups to define team deliverables, priorities and processes. You'll also contribute to the writing and editing of the documentation and be a member of the process improvement teams.

Google is and always will be an engineering company. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who are ready to take on some of technology's greatest challenges and make an impact on millions, if not billions, of users. At Google, engineers not only revolutionize search, they routinely work on massive scalability and storage solutions, large-scale applications and entirely new platforms for developers around the world. From Google Ads to Chrome, Android to YouTube, Social to Local, Google engineers are changing the world one technological achievement after another.

Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of Technical Writers, setting the goals, priorities and vision.
  • Identify and resolve issues relating to documentation project schedules, resource availability, documentation structure, documentation design and deliverables.
  • Stay aware of trends and new tools and technologies in the technical writing industry.
  • Manage multiple competing priorities in support of multiple products and services.