Swiftype - Technical Writer

  • Elastic
  • Anywhere Europe
  • 04 Apr, 2018
Permanent IT

Job Description

At Elastic, we have a simple goal: to solve the world's data problems with products that delight and inspire. As the company behind the popular open source projects — Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats — we help people around the world do great things with their data. From stock quotes to Twitter streams, Apache logs to WordPress blogs, our products are extending what's possible with data, delivering on the promise that good things come from connecting the dots. The Elastic family unites employees across 32 countries into one coherent team, while the broader community spans across over 100 countries.

Elastic has joined forces with leading search platform Swiftype and we are searching for a Technical Writer to be a part of the team. Are you intrigued by how search engines work? Do you love translating complex concepts into simple language? Are you comfortable digging into the code and trying things out to understand what makes the product tick?

Your portfolio demonstrates excellent writing skills, versatility, and the ability to understand and write about complex technologies. You understand how an interface, embedded assistance, and external documentation work together to form a great user experience. You’ve written for a developer audience and have experience with web development technologies.

If you’re thinking “That's me!”, we should have a conversation. For more information about this role and what our ideal candidate looks like, keep reading.


  • Write and edit product guides, tutorials, and API reference material.
  • Write and edit embedded help content in the dashboard as well as external documentation.
  • Work with the Product Team to create user on-boarding content.
  • Review and edit content generated by team members to ensure clarity and consistency across components.
  • Collaborate with engineers, designers, product managers, and the rest of the team to deliver the information users need to be successful with our products.  

Required Skills and Experience:

  • 6+ years experience as a technical writer with a focus on web application/API/developer documentation.
  • A clear, concise writing style and the ability to tailor content to specific audiences.
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
  • Excellent planning, organization, and communication skills.
  • Able to learn new technical concepts quickly.
  • Comfortable shifting between projects and wearing a variety of hats.
  • A track record of successfully working with multi-functional teams to deliver quality content.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with search technology, APIs, web crawling/scraping, and frontend tools (JavaScript/HTML/CSS).
  • Experience building/publishing any type of website.
  • Working knowledge of Git and Github.

Additional Information

  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Stock options
  • Catered lunches, snacks, and beverages in most offices
  • An environment in which you can balance great work with a great life
  • Passionate people building great products
  • Distributed-first company with employees in over 30 countries, spread across 18 time zones, and speaking over 30 languages! Some even fly south for the winter :)


Target Locations: Denver, CO; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; New York, NY; London, England; Washington D.C;

Elastic is an Equal Employment employer committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action for all applicants and employees. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. Elastic also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees consistent with applicable law.