Senior Technical Writer – San Francisco (China Basin)

Organization: Synopsys, Inc.
Contact Name: Cathy Mikami
Address: 690 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View CA 94043
Phone Number: 650-584-5318
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Job Title: Senior Technical Writer
Job Duration: Regular, full-time position
Location: San Francisco (China Basin)

Synopsys’ Software Integrity Group (SIG) provides an end-to-end solution that gives companies everything they need to ensure quality and security at every step of the software development, testing, and procurement life cycle.

The SIG Technical Publications team is looking for an experienced technical writer who is passionate about developing content that helps developers write and test code. The ideal candidate has a solid writing background with a strong interest in programming.


  • Research and write technical content for a software developer and tester audience. Content will include user guides, tutorials, SDKs, API, IDE plug-ins, command line references, knowledge articles, and implementation guidance documents.
  • Create, track, and execute documentation plans for each release (within an agile development environment).
  • Attend weekly product release meetings and act as the lead person for the Tech Pubs team for that product.
  • Document sample code, for example, in C/C++, Java, C#, and Python programming languages.
  • Work closely with software engineers, support, customer success, and CAEs for technical guidance.
  • Create technical diagrams using vector graphics software.
  • Research and write release notes.

Technical Competencies:

  • A strong understanding of complied and interpreted programming languages and object-oriented programming concepts.
  • Experience with IDEs.
  • Ability to read (ideally write) source code in one or more of the following programming languages; C/C++, Java, C#, and Python.
  • Ability to document content using an XML-based, structured authoring environment.
  • Ability to write HTML and CSS. JavaScript is a plus.

Non-Technical Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to project management documentation releases; plan and execute deliverables within a 2-week sprint framework.
  • Passionate communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with software engineers and translate complex technical information into clear, concise, and accurate content without the use of unnecessary jargon.
  • Ability to write content that supports the ease of content translation. (Some knowledge of content translation is a plus.)
  • Proven experience writing topic-based content.
  • Proven ability to work independently and/or collaboratively with other tech pubs team members.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Authoring Tool Competencies:

At least some familiarity with one of the following tools: MadCap Flare, Oxygen + DocBook, and/or Markdown.

Task Tracking Tool Competencies:

At least some familiarity with one of the following tools: JIRA, Bugzilla, Pivotal, and/or Confluence.

About Synopsys
Synopsys offers the most comprehensive portfolio of software security solutions in the market. We go beyond traditional testing services to help our clients identify, remediate, and prevent vulnerabilities in the applications that power their business. Our holistic approach to application security offers a balance of managed and professional services and products tailored to fit your specific needs. We don’t stop when the test is over. Our experts also provide remediation guidance, program design services, and training that empower you to build and maintain secure applications.

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