Technical Document Writer

  • Position type: Full-time
  • Job Code: E-REC-TDW-01
  • Location: Cumbernauld
  • Salary: £36,000

about the company

Skyrora is a UK launch vehicle provider with the environment at the forefront of its focus. Aiming to provide sovereign launch capabilities globally through conducting the first ever commercial vertical orbital launch from the UK, Skyrora seeks to fill a market gap to provide cost effective, sustainable access to space.

Skyrora is rapidly approaching vertical orbital launch through the development of several innovative technologies, including an orbital transfer vehicle which can deorbit dangerous space debris and a rocket fuel derived from unrecyclable plastic waste.
The company is also taking an incremental learning approach to launch, developing four suborbital rockets to perform real-time testing of the avionics, ground control systems, payload deployment, and recovery systems of the vehicles in parallel with the development of their orbital rocket.

In 2022, Skyrora achieved several significant milestones on their journey to reach orbit, including completing the largest successful integrated orbital rocket stage test to be held in the UK since the 1970s and attempting to launch their Skylark L vehicle into space from the Langanes Peninsula in Iceland. These milestones have provided the team with valuable experience in operations procedures, logistics coordination, and execution of the rapid setup and pack-down of their mobile launch complex, experience which will propel them forward monumentally towards reaching orbit and change the course of the UK space sector.
Teamwork is at the core of Skyrora’s values as the company faces new challenges every day. Every member of Skyrora’s diverse team demonstrates flexibility, enthusiasm, and a significant work ethic to help establish creative solutions for the countless obstacles faced within the space sector.

Why not challenge yourself with the rare opportunity to help get the UK back to space?

About the Role

We create many technical documents to support various projects and operations, ranging from rocket engine test procedures to System Engineering Gate documents. As a result, we are currently looking to recruit a Technical Document Writer to join our fast-growing team to support with the increase of documentation output, clarity and project performance.

The role will support various engineering teams across all projects in producing the highest level of technical documents for products, projects, and activities. The ideal candidate will hold an understanding of how to structure complex technical information, be an engineer themselves, have high levels of attention to detail and solid experience of technical writing. The successful candidate will also collaborate with teams across our divisions, including test site, operations, and vehicle assembly.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks

Key responsibilities and tasks include:

  • Plan, develop, write, and edit technical documentation, including design specs and test procedures, etc.
  • Produce technical user manuals, data sheets and reports
  • Coordinate with all engineering teams to gather relevant information for producing documentation
  • Assist and be an integral part of grant writing
  • Follow key documentation standards and in-house style guides
  • Interpret complex technical product information and re-write this to ensure it is appropriate for all end users
  • Manage the timeline for delivering content within project deadlines
  • Follow the system engineering approach to projects with management of gate documents
  • Make a continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively
  • Managing engineering drawings (versions, standards etc.)
  • Provide technical/grammar copy checks for other writers to ensure job is completed to required specifications
  • Mentor other staff members to improve document standards
  • Be part of a dynamic and fast paced team that is putting the UK back into space

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering related field (Aerospace / Mechanical etc)
  • 3+ years of industry experience in technical writing for an engineering discipline
  • Knowledge of system engineering document processes
  • Knowledge of basic engineering documentation standards
  • Must have meticulous reviewing and writing skills, with a strong ability to ensure details are accurate
  • Ability to scope out documents from first principles
  • Ability to perform gap analyses on existing project documentation to develop our systems further
  • Experience of gathering information from subject matter experts to develop, organise, and write procedure manuals, technical specifications, and process documentation
  • Ability to provide high quality documentation with an excellent attention to detail
  • Must be able to set goals, prioritize multiple objectives with various deadlines and independently manage documentation as part of projects
  • Able to work and embed themselves into the various teams and projects to understand products and services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a keen eye for detail
  • Have a passion for the space sector

Additional Requirements

  • Valid passport, including right to work in the UK
  • Must be willing to work in a dynamic teamwork-oriented environment
  • Must be willing to work overtime and weekends, going the extra mile to meet critical company deadlines
  • Must be determined to make a significant contribution to UK Space launch capability

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to [email protected] with the subject header displaying the job code E-REC-TDW-01

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