Technical Writer (Contract)

Sunnyvale, CA (Hybrid)
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Sonatus is a well-funded, fast-paced, and fast-growing company whose technologies and software help automakers build dynamic software-defined vehicles. With two generations of solutions already on the road with a top global OEM, our vehicle and cloud software solutions are at the forefront of the digital transformation of vehicles. The Sonatus team is a talented and diverse collection of technology and automotive specialists hailing from many of the most prominent companies in their respective industries.

Sonatus is seeking a highly motivated Technical Writer with a passion for excellence and advancing our solution by developing superior documentations.  If you have a strong forte  for creating clear and concise technical documentation and want to work in a dynamic and challenging environment, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.  The individual will be working closely with cross-functional teams to create high-quality technical documentation for our software which is developed to provide a unique end to end solution from the vehicle to the cloud.

Location-wise, candidates should already reside within the SF/Bay Area, CA region as we promote a hybrid work model with 2-3-days in office requirement (for synergy, collaboration, engagement, and camaraderie with peers and management).

Duties and Responsibilities

    • Create and edit technical documentation for our automotive solution related software products, including user manuals, installation guide, API documentation, and release notes. 
    • Collaborate with product managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to gather information and create technical content. 
    • Work with different  teams to ensure that documentation is accurate, complete, and up-to-date. 
    • Act as the bridge, and key liaison between program management, product and engineering teams.
    • Ensure that technical documentation is consistent with company standards and branding guidelines. 
    • Gather & internalize various technical specification and extract relevant information to create more user friendly and cliff note version of user guide for general consumption 
    • Review and edit technical content to ensure accuracy, clarity, and completeness. 
    • Publish and maintain technical documentation in various formats, such as PDF, HTML, and online help systems. 
    • You will work to develop a strategy to consolidate documentation, establish a more formal structure for our internal Confluence organization, naming of documents, formatting standards, etc. 
    • You’ll also partner with internal subject matter experts to write and manage documentation for core programs like engineering onboarding, enablement programs, as well as large scale product overviews.
    • Work hours are 30 hours/week.

Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in English, Communications or a related field.  
    • 5+ years of relevant experience in technical writing for automotive and IT networking products; with evidence of exceptional abilities in task management, technical aptitude, and attention to detail in technical documentation of procedures.
    • Excellent writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for detail. 
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills. 
    • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills, with a proficiency in English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
    • Mastery of GSuite & Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Visio and similar authoring tools
    • Experience working in a fast-paced, agile development environment. 
    • Thorough understanding and ability to use various editing software to create logical and easy to understand documents, leverage visual aid such as chart, diagram and picture to help deliver message
    • Ability to multi-task and manage workload to achieve project deliverable deadlines
    • Self-starter and ability to approach the role with a can-do, team player attitude.

Desired Qualifications

    • Knowledge of automotive and IT networking technologies, including protocols, APIs, and architectures. 
    • Experience with topic-based writing concepts and markup language (e.g. HTML, XML or DITA XML)
    • Passionate about cars and possess a deep understanding of the automotive industry.
$70 - $95 an hour
The above salary range is a general guideline and represents a good faith estimate of what Sonatus ("Company") could reasonably expect to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs. The Company reserves the right to modify this range in the future, as needed, as market conditions change.
Consider being part of the Sonatus team and receive the following:

Contract Benefit Offerings includes:
- Hybrid office work-arrangement/flexibility

Perk Offerings include:
- Complimentary lunches, snacks and beverages during on-site working days

Engagement Offerings:
- Departmental team building and outings
- Employee Referral Program
- Peer Award Program (monthly)

Sonatus is a fast-paced and innovative company and are seeking team members who are passionate about making a difference. If you are ready to take your career to the next level, we highly encourage you to apply.

To all recruitment agencies: Sonatus, Inc. ("Sonatus") does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our careers alias or other Sonatus' employees. Sonatus is not responsible for any fees associated with unsolicited activities.