Navis / Xvela

Senior Technical Writer

1 week ago
Requisition Number
North America
Regular Full-Time


Navis, headquartered in Oakland, CA, is the world’s leading provider of mission-critical software solutions that manage and optimize the flow of goods within and between facilities in the supply chain. At more than 300 facilities in 50 countries, Navis products have helped increase the profitability of moving all types of cargo by encompassing the entire workflow of each operation in a comprehensive, real-time information system.  We are a mature profitable logistics software company.


Looking for a sharp, first-rate writer to work with our dynamic team to maintain documentation for the Navis terminal operating system.  We currently have seven writers across three teams in Oakland CA, Austin TX, and Chennai, India. We work in a highly collaborative Agile environment, so if you enjoy being able to interact directly with engineers and influence the usability of software, this is a great opportunity.  We’re in an interesting and evolving domain, so if you need a stimulating environment, our company provides an opportunity for continuous learning and growth.


This is a full-time position in Oakland, California. For more information about Navis, see





  • Work with two Agile development teams to document functionality in two-week cycles. This requires ongoing communication of commitments and progress.
  • Share responsibility with fellow technical writers for publishing documentation.
  • Share rotating responsibility with technical writing team for providing high-level quality control for our content.
  • Complete documentation projects to improve the overall usability of our content.


  • 7 - 12 years as a technical writer
  • B.A./M.A. in either English Literature or Journalism, or a B.S./M.S. in a technical field.
  • The ability to:

    • Write clearly and unambiguously from the user’s perspective

    • Dig into the details to understand what will be important for the user

    • Identify everything a user needs to do to complete a task ssuccessfully

    • Provide information in the most effective order, placing appropriate emphasis on the most key details.

    • Understand and communicate the big picture

    • Use graphics effectively when processes are too complex for words

    • Create and maintain a document plan

    • Create an outline for a new document, ordering information in a logical, hierarchical structure

    • Follow existing documentation processes and focus on the details

    • Juggle multiple deliverables

    • Take personal ownership and show initiative to make our documentation the best it can be! 

    • Thrive in an Agile environment
  • Qualities we’re looking for:
    • Adaptability
    • Passion for learning, communicating, and solving problems
    • Personal accountability and initiative
    • Ability to write in an engaging manner
    • Incredible attention to detail and ability to follow process
    • A strong sense of ownership for one’s work
    • A results-oriented approach to work
  • A plus
    • Experience with a help-authoring tool, particularly AuthorIt
    • Experience with either supply chain management or marine terminal operations


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