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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Technical Content Developer in Rockville, Maryland

Technical Content Developer

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Summary of the Position

This is a non-supervisory hands-on technical position supporting the publishing software and systems used to produce USP’s new and existing electronic and print products. The Technical Content Developer is responsible for maintaining and customizing DITA XML authoring system (oXygen) as well as XSLT applications to transform XML to various formats. Programming experience to include some combination of JavaScript and Node.JS, Python, and Java required. Strong background in XML, XSL, DTDs, and DITA tools required. The position requires using software development issue-reporting systems such as Mantis, along with appropriate version control software such as Git and CVS. Additionally, the Technical Content Developer is an authority on emerging publishing technologies that might benefit USP and provides information technology assistance to PUBs staff and other stakeholders within the organization.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leads development, customization and maintenance of DITA XML authoring and publishing technologies for USP electronic and print products

  • Creates and modifies XML transformation applications for print and online products

  • Creates test data and test builds for software as required; versions test and production software in USP-approved repositories using Git and CVS

  • Creates release notes in accordance with IT practice; writes and revises instruction documents

  • Analyzes, troubleshoots, and debugs files

  • Utilizes Mantis or other issue-tracking application tickets; provides periodic activity reports onMantis tickets

  • Performs data mining searches as required

  • Provides technical backup for Publishing Support Specialists

  • Provides in-depth training for staff on use of developed applications and processes as needed

  • Keeps current with the latest technologies, takes lead in testing/piloting and implementingnew/enhanced software

  • Actively seeks out ways to streamline publishing processes either independently or as a participant in planning sessions and/or sub-teams

Basic Qualifications

Education :

  • Bachelor’s Degree in CS, information management, or related field, or a combination of equivalent experience

Experience :

  • Minimum 3 years of experience with XML/XSLT/HTML/CSS

  • Publishing or technical communications experience preferred

  • Basic knowledge of MS Office Suite, including Word, Project, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Minimum 1 year of programming experience in JavaScript, Python, .NET, C#, or SQL

  • DITA/DTD/Schema editing and/or maintenance experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • XML authoring tool customization knowledge preferred

  • Proactive, results-oriented focus towards work and product deliverables

  • Ability to provide clear, concise feedback on an ad hoc and a routine basis

  • Strong meeting facilitation and presentation skills

  • Ability to train and mentor others to a high level of performance

  • Ability to thrive in a high-performance culture with a strong customer service orientation

  • Ability to work comfortably in a deadline-driven environment with multiple priorities; proven ability to prioritize effectively; well-developed time management skills

  • Ability to understand when and how to escalate issues

  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 14 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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Job Category Publications