Technical Writer at Litera

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Our Story: Litera, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a fast-growing software company and one of the leading legal technology suppliers in the world. Serving more than 90% of the world's largest law firms, our software is used by hundreds of thousands of lawyers every day. As a company recently selected for Crain's Best Places to Work in Chicago, we believe professional development, rewards programs, open communication, and transparent leadership all contribute to a unique and open work environment. Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact on the future of the company.

The Opportunity: Come join a creative team of technical writers dedicated to helping our customers install, configure, maintain, and use our software effectively. We are looking for an experienced technical writer who will write and illustrate product manuals and materials for various audiences including end users, administrators, and developers. You will work closely with our developers, product managers, product owners, customer support representatives, and solutions engineers to ensure the accuracy and completeness of all materials produced.

A Day in the Life:

  • Write and edit software documentation including user guides, installation guides, quick-reference guides, release notes, system administration and configuration guides, and online help topics following approved technical writing processes and styles
  • Develop basic graphics to illustrate material as needed
  • Become an expert in the software products you document
  • Work within an Agile software development environment
  • Work with subject-matter experts and product owners to understand the products and new features, then use that information to write customer-friendly materials
  • Validate deliverables for accuracy, readability, and usability
  • Understand and use best practices for localization and translation
  • Provide UI/UX feedback to product owners.
  • Act as a customer advocate by providing feedback to our internal teams related to product improvements.
  • Work with minimal supervision

Role Progression:

Within 1 month, you will:

  • Complete our technical communications onboarding process
  • Meet your team and learn the nuts and bolts of our business, and where we're going
  • Familiarize yourself with our technology by working with teammates, installing software, and using the existing documentation to learn the products
  • Familiarize yourself with our procedures, styles, and tools
  • Learn the Agile methodology used for software development as it is applied at Litera

Within 3 months, you will:

  • Be assigned your own products to document using the procedures, styles, and tools provided
  • Follow the Agile methodology for daily standups, and meet with the product owners of your products as needed (at least once every two weeks) to review your information and ask questions to ensure you have what you need to document the ongoing development
  • Update the documentation and follow the review and publication processes for your products

Within 6 months, you will:

  • Be responsible for meeting deadlines and updating graphics and documentation, both written and online components for each quarterly and point releases
  • Provide input to Technical Communications processes and procedures for continual improvement
  • Work with other departments to solicit feedback on your documentation to ensure it continually meets the customer's needs
  • Help support to the Adoption team for your products

About You:

  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication, interviewing, organization, interpersonal, research, investigative, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear, concise manner, and willingness to pursue emerging technologies as needed for the organization
  • Strong MS Office skills including advanced knowledge of Word, experience with Snagit or other graphics program, and some experience with xml or html authoring tools
  • Ability to learn new software applications quickly as they are being developed
  • Capable of managing internal relationships effectively with the ability to have difficult conversations around software issues and status of projects in a clear and timely manner
  • Successfully manage multiple assignments in a fast-moving environment
  • 2+ years' relevant experience, with solid knowledge of:
    • Writing and illustrating software documentation
    • Authoring using Templates and styles in Word
    • Authoring in xml or html, and structured writing (including DITA)
    • TechSmith Snagit or comparable graphics programs
  • A strong desire to keep learning new things!

What Sets us Apart?

  • Have direct contact with management and the executive team
  • Work with an experienced team that has a proven track record of providing accurate and complete materials to help customers
  • Have the opportunity to learn new tools and trends in technical communications to ensure we have cutting-edge support materials
  • You'll be challenged and encouraged to broaden your skills
  • Regular social and philanthropic events
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • .NETLanguages
    • C#Languages
    • C++Languages
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PHPLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • jQueryLibraries
    • jQuery UILibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • ASP.NETFrameworks
    • Ruby on RailsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • AccessDatabases
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • SQLiteDatabases
    • IllustratorDesign
    • PhotoshopDesign
    • Aha!Management
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • WordpressCMS
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM
    • HubspotEmail
    • HubspotLead Gen

Location

Our Chicago Headquarters is walking distance to all major train & bus stops. We are also just a short walk to bars and restaurants in the West Loop!

An Insider's view of Litera

How does your team reward individual success?

Litera is very generous when it comes to rewards and recognition. Just one example of this is how we recognize top performers in the organization every quarter based on our Core Values. The individuals get to spin a virtual prize wheel where they can win anything from cash, surprise birthday parties, or a new pair of shoes picked our by our CEO!

Nicole

Manager, Recruiting

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our culture is heavily focused on collaboration and growth, and everyone is approachable, from the CEO right through to the developers. Though I'm in sales, I regularly speak with our customer success, product, and marketing teams.

Abhijat

Vice President, International Sales

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

The best part of working here has been the opportunity to grow and learn. I started when I was 23 and have had many different roles and responsibilities on my journey with the company.

Nick

Product Manager

What is your vision for the company?

At Litera Microsystems, we know that a great culture emerges from the people you hire. We hire the best and brightest, and take pride in taking care of our employees who in return, take care of us and our clients.

Brittani

Chief People Officer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

I'm inspired by the talented group of people I work with. One of the many benefits of working with a small company is that everyone has a direct impact on the outcome of our business. There is a sense of pride and ownership.

Kim

Business Analyst

What are Litera Perks + Benefits

Litera Benefits Overview

Litera proudly offers a comprehensive suite of benefits designed to serve the diverse needs of our unique workforce. While we are committed to enhancing and expanding our benefit offerings, the information in this document is meant to familiarize you with the benefits and programs currently in place.

Your medical, dental, vision, commuter benefit, and traditional 401k payroll deductions are through a pre-tax plan. The plan provides tax savings by reducing employee premiums from gross salary prior to calculation of federal income and Social Security taxes.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We believe in giving back to our community. All full time employees are given one Volunteer Day Off per year that can be utilized at any point. Some employees even coordinate to participate in groups.
Partners with Nonprofits
Litera partners with Cardz for Kidz, Comic Relief, Genesys Works, & more!
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
There is always something going on at Litera thanks to our Employee Engagement Group. From baking contests, step challenges, desk decorating, and giving back to organizations in need.
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
All hiring managers will going through certifications before hiring at Litera. In order to be a certified hiring manager, you must go through unconscious bias training.
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Litera's Diversity & Inclusion Champions Network has one major goal which is “to make Litera a safe space where every employee feels like they can bring their whole self to work".
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Litera has completely revamped our hiring process. You can expect: inclusive job descriptions, certified pre-employment assessments, diverse interview panels, & a shift in assessing our culture fit.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Litera employees can contribute up to $3550 annually for individuals & $7,100 for families to their FSA.
Disability Insurance
Disability insurance covers 60% of annual salary up to $6000 monthly maximum payout.
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventative services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
The vision benefits plan covers 100% for annual eye exams with $130 for glasses and contact lenses.
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Our plan provides employees with free access confidential assistance to help you and your family meet the challenges that life, work and relationships can bring.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Litera provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Principal. We match 4% of contributions up to $11,400 maximum on each paycheck with immediate vesting .
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 10 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 4 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes working remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
During COVID, have provided extreme flexibility with working hours, provided all team members with a cash bonus to purchase items to enhance their “home office"
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Customized development tracks

Additional Perks + Benefits

As a global company, Litera strives to put diversity & inclusion at the forefront and make it a constant topic of conversation. Our employees come from all walks of life and we find it essential to embrace all cultures and backgrounds.

Our core values are the key driving forces behind nearly everything we do! From collaborating with one another to assisting our customers, our values are always front and center of the way we work at Litera.
Our open work setting means each team is accessible and our executives are always approachable. This focus on open communication and transparent leadership contributes to a unique and cooperative work environment.

We are extremely focused on career growth and opportunities for professional development for our employees. Our outstanding recognition program shines a spotlight on employees that go above and beyond by celebrating their hard work and wins.

Our employees are driven, energetic, passionate, and have the ability to make a direct impact within the company. We may be biased, but we believe our people are the best and brightest in the industry, and we’re always looking to expand our team!

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