Technical Writer at ESS
Wilsonville, OR, US

At ESS (NYSE: GWH), our mission is to accelerate global decarbonization by providing safe, sustainable, long-duration energy storage that powers people, communities, and businesses with clean, renewable energy anytime and anywhere it’s needed. As more renewable energy is added to the grid, long- duration energy storage is essential to providing the reliability and resiliency we need when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. 

Our technology uses earth-abundant iron, salt, and water to deliver environmentally safe solutions capable of providing up to 12 hours of flexible energy capacity for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications. Established in 2011, ESS Inc. enables project developers, independent power producers, utilities, and other large energy users to deploy reliable, sustainable long-duration energy storage solutions. For more information visit www.essinc.com.

ESS is seeking an exceptional Technical Writer responsible for planning, designing, writing, editing, and producing major manual works and other smaller jobs. The Technical Writer works as a project team member, working with other technical writers, editors and illustrators as required. This individual will be responsible for exercising independent judgment to successfully execute a complete product documentation introduction on schedule and within budget.

This position is newly added due to significant company growth and will be based onsite at our HQ and manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.  

What you'll do at ESS

  • Creates and publishes technical documentations and manuals. Collects and interprets technical data or information and coordinates layout for publication.
  • Plans and develops major manual works, from original concept to design, outline, writing, editing, artwork, and final production. Works with other contributors as needed. Requires little supervision and is able to successfully produce one or more major manual works and coordinate multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Develops and maintains documentation project schedules that complement engineering project schedules, and communicates project status on a weekly basis.
  • Researches and collects data through engineering documentation, product specifications and other pertinent available source data. Interviews engineering, marketing, manufacturing, customer services, and other project team members for information.
  • Participates in product design meetings and other product-related meetings, providing consequential input.
  • Expands product knowledge through continuing education in industry technology as well as the technology of the products. Maintains familiarity with customers/target audiences and their documentation needs.
  • Expands communication and publications knowledge through continuing education in industry technologies and methodologies.

What you bring to the table

  • Bachelor's degree; Engineering or other technical field of study preferred
  • 3 or more years of direct technical writing experience
  • Working knowledge of customer requirements, company products, purpose and structure of a document and user’s level of understanding
  • Familiarity and/or experience in electric utility, renewable or energy industry
  • Writing Skills: excellent English grammar and composition skills; ability to use computer-based publishing tools; constructive, cooperative, and effective interview skills; technical understanding of computer and software products.
  • Candidates with knowledge of large and complex industrial products, containerized manufacturing & transport (preferred); Experience in battery, fuel cell technologies or power generation systems (preferred)

Benefits of joining the ESS team

ESS offers an exceptional total compensation and benefits package for our team members and their families. The primary highlights include:

  • Excellent base salary and targeted annual bonus structure
  • Significant equity/stock package in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs)
  • Comprehensive employee benefits package, including Cigna medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, disability protection, as well as excellent PTO and 8 company paid holidays 
  • Company 401k program with up to a 4% match
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)
  • Relocation assistance for non-local candidates

As an equal opportunity employer, we are open to considering every qualified candidate who is eligible and legally authorized to work in the United States on a full or part-time basis, without a need for sponsorship.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.