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Technical Editor

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The team is preparing a “book” of technical and business papers (5-10 pages each, 30-40 individual papers) that provide background, strategy, etc. on topics related to the silicon industry and the Company. The target audience for the book is Company execs and senior management. The book is actually a collection of papers with a theme that will be bound together and handed out to key senior execs. The papers will also be published as individual papers on their internal site. The content will be confidential and the content is all being written by members of the team.

The team is looking for a great vendor editor who has enough technical background to understand the material, but who also has an eye for strategy/business content. Editing will be both developmental and copy editing for individual papers as well as making sure the book as a whole is consistent and following key themes. The project will run from mid-February (40-hrs a week) to early April (probably lots of overtime in the last 3 weeks as they have a deadline to get the book out).

For the subject matter… it’s a strategy book, intended to influence thinking of an exec-level audience. All topics will have relevance to silicon hardware – either identifying new trends, explaining how things work/why they matter, things that are now possible, restrictions/issues that need to be overcome etc. There are papers on how silicon can be used for security, how silicon accelerators can be used to enhance performance of software, what power implications are silicon improvements for various devices, etc. There are discussions on heterogeneous many core computing, networking optimizations, and the implications of new graphics/gpu. All need to have a technical grounding, but need to be for an executive audience (i.e., show business value, strategic implications).

The editor will need to be able to make sure that each individual paper reads well, explains the key points well, and ultimately meets the bar for “why do we care” – does the paper support the business/strategic themes? So, the editor will not need to know the inner workings of how the silicon works, but will need to be able to help determine what technical info helps make the strategic argument stronger vs what just gets in the way. Able to focus on the details within a paper, but also how it all relates to the big picture of all of the content.

Also, the person needs to be senior/mature enough to provide constructive feedback to senior people. To listen to what we want, but stand up for what is right. Someone who works quickly but thoroughly. Someone willing to put in the hours needed to finish the task on time (exact deadlines are still TBD). Someone who is good at creating a synopsis and good title would be a plus as well.

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