Technical Author

BAE Systems
Kent, England, Rochester
Closing date
3 Nov 2020
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Technical Author

Would you like to play a key role in preparing and maintaining technical manuals and handbooks for electronic aerospace/defence systems, fitted to a variety of military and civil platforms?

BAE Electronic Systems is looking for a Technical Author to join the team in Rochester, Kent.

As a Technical Author you will work within the Technical Publications team, contributing to the development and through life support of customer facing manuals and other deliverable publications. This will involve; researching, developing, writing and reviewing technical information and guidance for new and existing products, services and publications (reports and manuals) to be used by both UK and overseas customers.

This role will provide you with the opportunity to work within the many project teams across a wide and varied range of products.

Your main responsibilities as a Technical Author will involve:

Preparation and amendment of technical manuals/handbooks including the generation of original text, functional block diagrams, circuit diagrams and technical illustrations. Authoring of Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETPs)

Producing data that is compliant with Civil, MoD and Company standards, procedures/specifications and contractual requirements

Understanding product structures and Technical Data Packs, enabling gathering of information from various sources to create your publications

Managing all aspects of Change Control, internal/supplier/customer

Having an in depth understanding of Hardware, enabling you to query data content with project Engineers to ensure accurate representation/interpretation within your publications

Your skills and qualifications as a Technical Author must include:


GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language

A Level, National Certificate or a Level III equivalent in a STEM subject at grade C or above and or experience

Previous experience gained within a similar role

Engineering background, mechanical/electrical - Aerospace / Defence sector experience would be highly desirable

Highly proficient in the use of all MS Office packages


Experience of Adobe FrameMaker (Structured & Unstructured), S1000D editor or Eagle EPS, Initial Provisioning to S2000M

Experience or exposure to Data Modules (DMs) Component Maintenance Manuals (CMMs) Initial Provisioning Lists (IPLs), and Interactive Electronic Technical Publications (IETPs)

What we're looking for in you:

You will have exceptional communication and organisational skills. You must have a strong attention to detail and be able to work on your own initiative as part of an integrated team where you can be flexible and adapt to change.

Location: Rochester, Kent UK

Salary: £Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is one of the world's leading global defence, security and aerospace companies. We work at the cutting edge of technology, creating more than 100 new inventions every year for customers in over 100 countries.

Electronic Systems

The Electronic Systems (ES) sector spans the commercial and defense electronics markets with a broad portfolio of mission-critical electronic systems, including flight and engine controls; electronic warfare and night vision systems; surveillance and reconnaissance sensors; secure networked communications equipment; geospatial imagery intelligence products and systems; mission management; and power-and energy-management systems. Headquartered in Nashua, New Hampshire, ES employs approximately 13,000 people globally, with engineering and manufacturing functions primarily in the United States and theUnited Kingdom.

We pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of. You'll have the opportunity to work from concept to completion, giving you real ownership of projects. Whatever you do, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're making a difference to people's lives.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace - where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential - is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it's good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world's most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 83,000 people in 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security and people, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

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