Technical Author

Date: 21 May 2023

Location: Ashford, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

We are currently recruiting for a Technical Author to join QinetiQ Target Systems (QTS) within our Engineering Team.  QTS is a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group PLC, specialising in the design and manufacture of a range of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial and Surface Target systems, including the world-leading Banshee target.


QTS targets are used to enable realistic weapons test and evaluation and operator training in over 40 countries worldwide, with QTS providing a complete managed service in over 15 of these countries.

Job title:  Technical Author

Location:  Ashford, Kent

Company:  QinetiQ Target Systems

Salary:  Competitive

Hours:  37 hour per weeks, flexible hybrid working


What will I be doing?


Reporting to the Technical Publications Manager, you will be responsible for the preparation of a range of technical documentation in support of QTS’s product range.


Duties will include:


  • Documentation delivery, within priorities set by Technical Publications Manager
  • Preparation of illustrated parts catalogues, maintenance manuals, operating manuals and training materials, covering both electrical and mechanical systems
  • Preparation of presentation material, using the software provided.
  • Generation of original graphics, including photographs and CAD images, for use in technical publications
  • General documentation support to departments and projects
  • Maintaining a good working knowledge of QTS products
  • Working within the guidelines of the department general procedures (GP)


What do I need?


You will have experience in technical publications, ideally gained within an engineering environment, an understanding of CAD systems (SolidWorks) and the manipulation of CAD Models for presentation into documentation.


Possessing a Mechanical or Electronic Engineering qualification, you will also ideally have knowledge of CE marking regulations.


We also ask that you have:


  • A high level of competency using FrameMaker, Adobe PDF Pro, and the Microsoft Office suite,
  • Experience of using CorelDraw Graphics suite, or equivalent, would be desirable,
  • Strong knowledge of photography is desirable.


The role will need you to have excellent communication skills and being interested and willing to handle a diverse portfolio of projects and assignments.


You will be creative and pragmatic; self-driven, with the ability to work unsupervised, and possess excellent time management skills, enabling you to deliver documentation within tight timescales.


Your work methods should be well-structured and documented, and you need to have the ability to develop documentation with customer / user focus and lateral thinking.


Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum:  UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (

What else do I need to know?


Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of exciting defence-based projects, with vast career progression across a global organisation, in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  We provide conversion training for this role, together with many other skills training opportunities.


You’ll receive a competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive, as we constantly review what’s happening in the market.


The range of benefits we offer include adaptive and flexible / hybrid working, ample holiday entitlements, generous employer pension contributions, enhanced Maternity and Paternity Pay, and the ability to purchase discounted Health Cash Plans, Private Medical Insurance, and Dental Insurance, plus much more.