Company Description

UTAC is a market-leading international group in digital & sustainable mobility, customisable testing solutions, customisable testing systems, vehicle engineering, homologation, regulatory advice & expertise, certification, training, corporate events and classic & sportscars festivals.

The Group provides services and systems to customers in the various sectors: mobility, transport, tyre, petrochemical, agriculture and defence industries. UTAC operates test centres and laboratories in France (including the official Euro NCAP facility), the UK, USA, Finland, Morocco, and Germany; it has subsidiaries in China, Korea and Japan. UTAC employs around 1300 people across its various locations.

As a group we share a strong and clear vision to deliver safe and efficient solutions and systems to our customers. We are proud and confident in our heritage, our capabilities and our people and believe that by creating a culture where individuals feel they can make a difference and enjoy coming to work, we can deliver the best possible service to our customers.

Our core values of Expertise, Innovation and Integrity provide a clear daily guide to how we work together safely, as one team, helping each other to succeed.

Job Description

Technical Author (Integrated Logistics Support) – Special Vehicles

A member of the UTAC Special Vehicles UK Team, the Technical Author (ILS) will compile and deliver technical documentation for end users and customer organisations assembled in accordance with their requirements.  They will also assist production engineering with the compilation of manufacturing process documentation.  We are a project orientated business and see a large number of various project types, which can vary from in service support of vehicle fleets through to conversion projects on hundreds of similar vehicle types.  Information must be clearly and unambiguously presented, in a manner appropriate to the level of skill, experience and technical understanding of the users and maintainers of the equipment.

This is a new role within Special Vehicles and the ideal candidate will need a desire to grow and develop the functions of the role.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • You will be expected to manage & own elements of Technical Publications /Authoring work/tasks and conform to challenging project timelines.
  • Liaise with product suppliers to compile data and information and translate to a variety of national / international /civil / military specifications, and produce physical/electronic deliverables reflecting quality processes to a high standard of written and technical English compliant with Def Stan’s and JSP’s.
  • Commission, coordinate or prepare illustrations and occasionally technical training packages as required to support your work.
  • The production of high quality, legislation compliant, technical documentation, and safety cases. Army Equipment Support Publications (AESPs) will form the basis of the document sets being produced, however other formats may also be required.
  • Communicating with stakeholders of current ILS programs and documentation requirements.
  • Provide technical expertise in ensuring design teams have a clear understanding of the publication development, production and upkeep process.
  • Managing stakeholder relationships and provide updates
  • Continually seek ways to improve the business and align your colleagues to this activity
  • Focus on continuous improvement - working with the engineering and production leadership teams to improve efficiency/quality during build.
  • Act in accordance with the code of conduct for UTAC group staff at all times.



  • Previous experience as a Technical Author or similar within an engineering function, preferably within the defence industry
  • Extracting information from technical documentation, engineering standards and processes and turning this information into easily understood text
  • Creation of documents sets in accordance with Def Stan Def Stan 00-601 or similar. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of Def Stan 00-600, JSP 886, JSP 543(D) and JSP 101 or similar standards.
  • Working within document control, change control and checking/reviewing procedures.
  • Working within a team that understands Defence related safety.
  • Knowledge of PDM systems & processes would be advantageous
  • Experience of defence, blue light and/or government organisations
  • Basic Technical Illustration, graphic design


  • BTEC or City and Guilds qualified in an engineering discipline

Core competencies:

  • Detailed understanding of standard office software e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat as well as standard publishing tools.
  • Good understanding of Integrated Logistic Support and Through Life Support
  • Good understanding of Safety & Environmental management processes
  • Good understanding of Quality Control management processes & familiar with working in an ISO 9001 / ISO 27001 environment
  • Strong communication & interpersonal skills.

Personal Behaviours:

  • Desire to provide excellent service and produce best in class service.
  • A cradle to grave mentality for ownership of actions
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Problem solving mentality, an agent for change, establishing, driving and embracing industry best practice.
  • Good attention to detail

Essential requirements:

  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check
  • SC clearance or ability to achieve this (UK national with residency in the UK for the last 5 years)
  • Full UK driving license
  • Remote/hybrid working is not a practical consideration for this role.

Additional Information

For you, as a potential UTAC team member, we believe that the international and diverse nature of our business combined with the passion, energy and friendliness of our people create a great place to work. UTAC is proud to be an equal opportunities employer, valuing inclusion and supporting our people to be themselves and at their very best.

By joining us you will gain access to a broad range of learning relevant to your role and personal development, as well as exposure to leading technologies and expertise.

Our reward and benefit programmes are designed to support our people with competitive and locally tailored packages combined with support for individual health and wellbeing both inside and outside of work.

In the UK this includes ;

  • Life Cover
  • Access to a wide range of discounts and offers via the Perkz reward scheme
  • Recognition awards linked to our UTAC values of Expertise, Innovation and Integrity.
  • Healthcare cashback plans
  • Generous holiday benefits
  • Contributory pension schemes
  • Attractive family friendly policies; maternity, paternity, shared parental leave, flexible working.
  • Access to a variety of employee assistance support services.

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Candidates for positions at UTAC must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the country the role is based in. Immigration visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Note to Recruitment Agencies :

UTAC do not accept speculative applications from agencies for our open positions and any submissions made will not be accepted and no fees will be accepted or paid in respect of speculative CVs received.