Lead Technical Writer

Job Locations US-VA-Manassas
Role Type
ATCC Federal Solutions - AFS
Job ID
Scientific Background
Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Virology


The Lead Technical Writer guides a team of writers who research, organize, write, and edit information for use in a wide variety of documents requiring in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject.  They manage projects, lead meetings, and coordinate the activities of others.


The Lead Technical Writer establishes overall organization layout and editorial standards seeking uniform style and language while applying organizational objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. They exercise judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. They assign projects and resolve issues with minimal guidance from managers. Lead Technical Writers supervise associate, technical and senior technical writers.


This biological Lead Technical Writer reviews production data and performs high-level QC; creates documentation including product sheets, data sheet, certificate of analysis, SDS.  Aids in creation of proposals, white papers, journal articles.  Background in microbiology, molecular biology and virology highly preferred.  


  1. Lead a team responsible for writing and editing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), product information sheets, proposals, and other related documents. Design, develop, and implement customized technical documents. Ensure all documentation meets organizational process and aligns with ISO certification standards. 
  2. Review complex scientific literature and data to authenticate documented manufacturing specifications.
  3. Liaise with internal stakeholders including scientific, production, operations, and customer service staff to address customer needs.
  4. Coordinate and lead meetings with stakeholders and provide feedback to resolve issues.
  5. Use judgement to develop methods and techniques to support the achievement of organizational goals and objectives and provide information and resolutions on products that fail to meet specifications.
  6. Integrate various sources of information into a uniform style and language for compliance.
  7. Audit, review, and edit existing documentation. Work with initiators to rewrite, clarify or reconstruct procedures, specifications, and forms.
  8. Determine the scope and schedule of new projects for planning purposes. Lead the coordination of project plans, determine resources, and provide guidance to technical writing team.
  9. Oversee the daily activities of staff and develop their skills to meet the needs of the organization. Identify skill gaps and communicate staffing needs to Management.
  10. Ensure WCAG 2.0 guidelines are followed to make all documents destined for attachment to government websites 508 compliant.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and 8 or more years' experience, including 0-2 years' supervisory experience or equivalent experience.
  • PhD. degree with 3-5 years writing/editing/reviewing documentation including Product Information, certificates of analysis, batch records, reports and proposal responses.
  • Experience with WCAG 2.0 and 508 compliance in word and adobe acrobat.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Attention to detail must be well developed.
  • Ability to communication with staff at higher and lower levels.
  • Must be independent.

Other Duties:

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.


ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.


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