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Staff Technical Writer

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San Jose, CA, United States
Dec 7, 2021

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At Xilinx, we are leading the industry transformation to build an adaptable, intelligent world. ARE YOU bold, collaborative, and creative? We develop leaders and innovators who want to revolutionize the world of technology. We believe that by embracing diverse ideas, pushing boundaries, and working together as ONEXILINX, anything is possible.

Our culture of innovation began with the invention of the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and with the 2018 introduction of our Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP), has made a quantum leap in capability, solidifying our role as the adaptable platform supplier of choice. From the beginning, we have always believed in providing inventors with products and platforms that are infinitely adaptable. From self-driving cars, to world-record genome processing, to AI and big data, to the world's first 5G networks, we empower the world's builders and visionaries whose ideas solve every day problems and improve people's lives.

If you are PASSIONATE, ADAPTABLE, and INNOVATIVE, Xilinx is the right place for you! At Xilinx, we care deeply about creating significant development experiences while building a strong sense of belonging and connection. We champion an environment of empowered learning, wellness, community engagement, and recognition, so you can focus on work that matters - world class technology that improves the way we live and work. We are ONEXILINX.

Staff Technical Writer  

Seeking an experienced, motivated staff technical writer for Xilinx, Inc., a well-established, leading semiconductor firm based in San Jose, California. Xilinx technology and best-in-class products include solutions for artificial intelligence, high-speed computing, memory bandwidth, embedded vision and design, as well as all cloud-based and traditional networking flows.  

This opportunity is for an experienced technical writer. It requires a solid knowledge of documentation design and delivery best practices and demonstrated success in project management.   

The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate a track-record of success, strength, and aptitude in the following areas: 

Responsibilities 

  • Demonstrated ability to write to effective technical writing standards 

  • Ability to independently manage multiple projects and deadlines to successful completion 

  • Effective negotiator; able to grasp impact and importance of stakeholder engagement cross-functionally 

  • Ability to interface with the developer community to understand trends and requirements in order to make them successful 

  • Identify and implement improvements to departmental processes and procedures 

  • Mentor and lead junior writers to meet team objectives and goals 

  • Take a leading role in designing content and content delivery options  

  • Lead one or more product areas or functions 

  • Understand and promote usability and product goals 

  • Partner with higher-level doc stakeholders and co-workers to develop and implement documentation and content strategies 

  • Promote teamwork and engagement among global writers and their managers 

 

Minimum Experience and Qualifications 

  • 8+ years of experience in technical documentation; including supporting a major product, product suite or technology 

  • Experience creating API documentation 

  • Experience with designing and/or implementing content automation solutions 

  • Experience with collaborative project management systems 

  • Demonstrated passion for quality and accuracy in technical communications 

  • Experience in defining and/or implementing content strategy for developer documentation based on project and user requirements 

  • BA in Technical Communication, English, Journalism or related field – OR  – university-issued credential in Technical Communication – OR – Masters or Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Electronics 

Skills 

  • Ability to read and understand source code written in Python/Tcl/Java/C/C++ 

  • Ability to self-manage and collaborate using platforms like Confluence and Jira 

  • Understanding of markup languages like XML, HTML, Markdown, and restructuredText 

  • Familiarity with Unix/Linux environment and command-line tools 

  • Understanding of version control systems like Git and Perforce 

  • Ability to organize, lead, and monitor the efforts of multiple contributors on projects 

  • Ability to balance and prioritize across multiple projects and deadlines 

Bonus Skills 

  • Experience with structured authoring/DITA adoption and implementation  

  • Strong understanding of content reuse 

  • Experience documenting semiconductors  

  • Familiarity using Doxygen 

  • Familiarity with frameworks like Sphinx and doxyrest 

  • Familiarity working with Microsoft Visio, Sharepoint, and the overall suite of Office tools 

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