STC Manitoba

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Technical Writer needed at Princess Auto

Position: Technical Writer
Company: Princess Auto
Location: Winnipeg, MB
Closing Date: Monday, November 25, 2011
How to Apply: All methods listed at bottom of post

Princess Auto is committed to providing an outstanding shopping experience for our guests. To contribute to that experience, the Technical Writer will write, edit and proofread product manuals that are accurate, reader-friendly and contain the necessary information so guests can operate the product safely and effectively. After assembling the manual contents, the Technical Writer provides the content to a member of the design team for layout.

In fulfilling this function, the Technical Writer will:

  • Track house-branded items that require manuals as directed by the Packaging Coordinator
  • Communicate with vendors to obtain item information
  • Work with the buying teams to ensure the manual content is accurate and enhances the shopping experience for the guest
  • Supply French manual copy, using translation services as necessary
  • Proof manuals created by vendor or in-house designer
  • Ensure that deadlines are met so that proper manuals are ready in time for the shipment of house-branded items
  • Assist the packaging technician with packaging content as necessary
  • Communicate all significant developments in manuals to the Packaging Coordinator and work with the Packaging Coordinator to improve the process
  • Conduct audits of our house-brand packaging/manuals on a regular basis

The Technical Writer will possess the following attributes:

  • Strong written skills – familiar with technical terms and able to construct reader-friendly phrases in both languages with proper grammar and spelling
  • Training in a Communications program or comparable education/work experience (e.g. manual/report writing, process documentation)
  • Advanced knowledge of Princess Auto product lines and willingness to expand that knowledge base
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Initiative to seek improvement to all aspects of manuals
  • Commitment to the team
  • Proofreading skills
  • Ability to cope with changes in Marketing Communications strategies and processes
  • Familiar with MS Office

The following abilities would be an asset to the Technical Writer:

  • Process Management: creating a better way to carry out a process, implementing it, getting others to adhere to it
  • Problem-solving skills
  • French language skills, especially written
  • Experience creating/editing databases, running reports, writing queries, etc.
  • Capable of taking media-ready photographs using a professional camera

What our Unique World can offer you:

  • Competitive Wage
  • Opportunity to participate in a profit sharing plan
  • A positive and supportive workplace
  • Opportunity to make a difference and inspire others
  • Opportunity for advancement
  • Training and personal and professional development
  • A generous, company-paid benefits package including:
    • Dental
    • Medical
    • Prescription drug plan
  • Company pension plan
  • Store discount

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your qualifications to:

Mail: Princess Auto Ltd, 475 Panet Rd, Winnipeg, MB R2C 2Z1
Fax: (204) 654-5256


  1. I am a retired manager interested in securing employment as a Technical Writer on a permanent, contract, casual, or part time basis.

    I have had significant experience in creating and writing Operation Instruction Manuals, Quality Control Manuals, Detailed Inspection Procedures manuals and Manufacturing Procedures for use in the Aerospace R & O Industry as well as the Heavy Trailer Manufacturing Industry. Samples of my creations are available for your perusal if so desired.

    In addition to developing these various publications, I have done formal and informal presentations to company employees, customers, and sales associates on existing and newly planned equipment. I have also developed and presented instruction manuals to customers operating our competitors equipment.

    I look forward to the possibility of hearing from you to discuss any opportunities your company may have.

    Jim Gagnon
    Cell: 204 771-7262

  2. Hi Jim,

    If you’re interested in applying for the Technical Writer position at Princess Auto, I invite you to submit your resume to the e-mail address listed in the posting (, or apply directly through their Web site. Note that according to the information we had received, this post expired some time ago.

    I quickly reviewed their site this evening and didn’t see any Technical Writer positions listed.

    All that considered, from what you’ve written above, you may be interested in the Technical Writer position at MacDon Industries. Here’s a direct link to the online post:

    MacDon Technical Writer

    Best of luck!

    STC Manitoba Webmaster

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