Technical Publications Author

Last updated 18 days ago
Job Type:Full Time

The largest surface shipbuilding endeavour in the nation's history is now underway in Australia.

Apply your talent where it counts as a Technical Publications Author in our BAE Systems Maritime Australia team based in either Melbourne or Adelaide.

Despite COVID-19, we have a strong pipeline of job opportunities and we are still hiring. We're continuing to provide the Australian Defence Force with what they need to help protect the nation. Many of our people are now safely working from home. Of course some roles can't be done from home and in those cases, we're operating with an increased focus on health and safety on-site. We're finding new ways of working in response to COVID-19 and our workforce is still delivering the best capability for Australia.

About the Opportunity
The Technical Publications Author is accountable for the development and delivery of project specific technical documentation and ensuring that the products meet all requirements, including safety and regulatory requirements.
The Technical Publications Author may also be tasked with providing leadership to small teams and providing mentoring to other team members.
In terms of specific responsibilities, you will be responsible for:

  • Authoring technical documentation in a structured environment. This includes being able to demonstrate an understanding of schemas, elements, hierarchy and attributes
  • Applying and understanding the ASD S1000D specification. This includes authoring Data Modules, Publication Modules and associated Information Objects; applying S1000D Business Rules, using Data Module Requirements Lists (DMRLs), understanding compliance, using a Common Source Database (CSDB), creating Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs), using desktop publishing tools and understanding SNS structure
  • Writing technical procedures in Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), including tagging, metadata, XLinks, validating and related processes
  • Using Illustration packages, graphic development and drawing tools, e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CAD, etc
  • Developing, managing, updating and amending plans and reports specifically related to Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) and Technical Publications
  • Developing, updating and managing a Publications Tree, including aligning hierarchal structure with requirements
  • Managing, developing and delivering high volumes of ILS technical documentation and Technical Publication data, including providing input, and making amendments/updates this will include amending existing Commonwealth publications
  • Participating and providing input into Technical Publication reporting, scheduling and budget activities
  • Liaising with others, including the ILS discipline managers and external stakeholders, to ensure crossflow of knowledge across the Hunter Class Frigate (HCF) ILS Program

About you

As an ideal applicant for this opportunity, you'll have:

  • Formal qualifications in Technical Writing, Communication, Journalism, ILS Engineering and/or Logistic Support Analysis (Preferred), or relevant industry experience
  • Ability to obtain a Defence security clearance to the level required for this role
  • A good understanding of the support engineering / ILS discipline
  • A working knowledge of the N4 Library Structure (ANP 3001 Navy Governance Application) (A plus); and applying and writing to the requirements of various DEF (AUST) standards
  • Familiarity with the Enhanced Automated Graphical Logistics Environment (EAGLE) TM, including the EAGLE Publishing System (EPS) (A plus)
  • Working knowledge of Visio for developing flow diagrams and skills in various illustration programs, such as the Adobe suite
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret technical procedures, technical manuals, illustrated parts lists and schematics (Preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience in the S1000D specification (A plus)
  • Experience writing in a structured environment
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute and work in a cross-functional team while ensuring specific responsibilities are achieved
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills, with the ability to build effective and strong relationships both internally and externally

Don't meet every criteria listed above? Don't worry. Providing you have the right foundational experience and qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Whether it be for this role or another, your skills and competencies are of interest to us.

About us
BAE Systems Maritime Australia (formerly known as ASC Shipbuilding), has been contracted to deliver nine of the world's most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates to the Royal Australian Navy. The Hunter Class Frigate Program will create and sustain more than 5,000 jobs across BAE Systems and the wider Australian defence supply chain over the life of the program.

At BAE Systems Maritime Australia we live a safety-first and inclusive culture. We ensure that the voices and talents of all employees are valued and that everyone has a sense of belonging. Join us.

As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain appropriate clearance.
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are applicable and as such, your nationality may be a factor in determining your suitability for this role.

Further information regarding clearances is available at:

Applications should be addressed to: Simeon Whitelake, Talent Acquisition Specialist – Engineering and made online here.
Whilst applications must be made online, confidential enquiries are very welcome via email:

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