Agricultural Technical Author Opportunities

Semcon are looking for new recruits to join a team we are building for a new customer project. If you have a technical background in agricultural machinery and an interest or experience in technical writing, we want to hear from you!
Job Purpose: 
To create and update technical information (to include Remove and Install, Operator Guides, Description and Operation Etc.) to the very highest standards. The end product, printed books and digital content, will be delivered to our key customer; a manufacturer of high end agricultural machinery. 
To produce all content in line with complex authoring guidelines / standards. Documentation will be required to meet a high standard that drives reuse for our key customer whilst having a standardised look and feel about it for multiple brands in a global marketplace. 
Main Responsibilities: 
  • Gather, collate and interpret information and communicate at a professional level with key internal and customer stakeholders 
  • Utilise a suite of structured authoring tools and guidelines, interpret technical specifications to create customer-focused publications 
  • Utilise CAD data and software tools 
  • Author text, simplifying complex systems into structured and understandable content 
  • Create concise graphic briefs for Technical Illustrators 
  • Manage vehicle validation workshops in conjunction with key stakeholders  
  • Work under your own initiative with minimal supervision 
  • Proof-read documentation ensuring all deliverables meet the required standards 

Ideally you will be a Service Technician/Agricultural Engineer/Technical Author with an agricultural background. You will join an established authoring team however you will also be expected to work independently. A very keen eye for detail and high quality standards are essential. 
Person Specification: 
  • Agricultural/Plant machinery experience (preferable)  
  • Knowledge of relevant work method tools (X-Metal, Vis Mockup, Photoshop and Microsoft office) advantageous but not essential 
  • Experience working with content management systems 
  • Knowledge and experience of how to write and adapt content for specific target groups 
  • Experience of authoring to STE and DITA standards  
  • Excellent English, both written and spoken 
  • Experience proofreading technical documentation 
  • High level of technical aptitude 
  • Ability to research information required to complete tasks 
  • Ability to refine and develop existing processes and work methods 
  • Strong communication skills particularly influencing and persuading
  • Experience of working individually, with a team, and communicating effectively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Capable of managing and prioritising workload and working to tight deadlines 
  • Able to identify areas for improvement and suggest solutions 
  • Full / Clean Driving License 
  • Willing to travel 

Personal traits:
  • Good listener 
  • Self-starter 
  • Systematic 
  • Thorough 
  • Communicative 
  • Team player

Semcon is an international technology company that develops products based on human needs and behaviours. We strengthen our customers’ competitiveness by always starting from the end user, because the person who knows most about the user’s needs creates the best products and the clearest benefits to humans. Semcon collaborates mainly with companies in the automotive, industry, energy and life science sectors. With more than 2000 specialised employees, Semcon has the ability to take care of the entire product development cycle, from strategy and technology development to design and product information. Semcon was founded in Sweden in 1980 and has offices in over 30 locations in eight different countries. In 2017, the Group reported annual sales of SEK 1.8 billion. Read more on

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