Stryker Technical Communications Specialist in Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Technical Communications Specialist -- to be based in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- will support language translations for medical device labeling along with label development and Instructions for Use (IFU) needs related to translation management and compliance. As a member of the Technical Publications team, this role will support R&D Business Units and Regulatory Affairs to meet requirements for global product distribution. The Technical Communications Specialist will:

  • Support multiple simultaneous translation projects for product labels and Instructions For Use (IFUs). Facilitate software engineers with translations of graphical user interfaces (GUI)

  • Support translation strategies that satisfy international labeling needs for Business Units including in Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Inform new product development (NPD) teams on relevant aspects of the translation process such as requirements, costs, and timelines

  • Report to internal customers level of risk for “at-risk” investment of pre-approved English text and communicate impact of language translation for alignment with project timelines

  • Process language translations through collaboration with an external translation service. Report estimates, and costs associated with translations to manager

  • Review labels and IFUs for completeness and presentation

  • Utilize a variety of specialized software to support labels and IFUs: desktop publishing, specialized label software, translation management software, PLM/CMS system for labeling releases/updates. Perform troubleshooting of electronic files as needed

  • Work closely with label designers to create and maintain new and legacy product labels

  • As needed, engage in support activities related to publication of IFUs to eIFU website

  • Initiate/assist with departmental continuous improvement endeavors

  • Track data/metrics associated with translation projects

  • Assist with internal and external regulatory audits

  • Provide reviews of regulatory documents to ensure medical device labeling references are correct

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong computer skills: Experience working with XML, DITA, HTML

  • Experience in a regulated industry

  • Commitment to professional customer service

  • Strong interest in language translation and international communication

  • Technical understanding of localization and internationalization

  • Independence in carrying out assigned tasks

  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast‐paced environment

  • Highly developed computer skills

  • Experience in translation and localization projects

  • Experience with database management

  • Experience with Arbortext Editor

  • Experience with external service supplier

  • Experience with labeling software

  • Knowledge of non-English language could be an asset but is not required

  • Interest in supporting regulatory requirements

Required qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and time management practices

  • Excellent written and verbal English communication

  • Proven ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects

  • Detail orientation with the ability to multitask

  • Solid problem solving and analytical ability

  • Strong computer skills

  • Solid database data entry skills

  • Experience with content management systems (such as PTC Windchill)

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: None

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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