Untranslate is continuously looking for freelance linguists that offer translation, revision and review services for various content types, domains and language pairs.
As Untranslate applies ISO 17100:2015, the International Standard for Translation Services, linguists for Untranslate must possess the required competences and qualifications mentioned below. If your profile meets our quality expectations, feel free to apply here:
- Translation competence: the ability to translate content as explained below, including the ability to address the problems of language content comprehension and language content production and the ability to render the target language content in accordance with the client-TSP agreement and other project specifications.
- Linguistic and textual competence in the source language and the target language: the ability to understand the source language, fluency in the target language, and general or specialised knowledge of text-type conventions. This linguistic and textual competence includes the ability to apply this knowledge when producing translation or other target language content.
- Competence in research, information acquisition, and processing: the ability to efficiently acquire the additional linguistic and specialised knowledge necessary to understand the source language content and to produce the target language content. Research competence also requires experience in the use of research tools and the ability to develop suitable strategies for the efficient use of the information sources available.
- Cultural competence: ability to make use of information on the behavioural standards, up-to-date terminology, value systems, and locale that characterize both source and target language cultures.
- Technical competence: the knowledge, abilities, and skills required to perform the technical tasks in the translation process by employing technical resources including the tools and IT systems that support the whole translation process.
- Domain competence: the ability to understand content produced in the source language and to reproduce it in the target language using the appropriate style and terminology.
In order to collaborate with Untranslate the linguist must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- a recognised graduate qualification in translation from an institution of higher education;
- a recognised graduate qualification in any other field from an institution of higher education plus two years of full-time professional experience in translating;
- five years of full-time professional experience in translating.
Find out what we mean exactly with the above-mentioned linguistic activities:
- All translators working with Untranslate translate in accordance with the purpose of the translation project, including the linguistic conventions of the target language and relevant project specifications. Throughout this process, the translator shall provide a service conforming to the International Standard with regards to the following:
- compliance with specific domain and client terminology and/or any other reference material
- providing and ensuring terminological consistency during translation;
- semantic accuracy of the target language content;
- appropriate syntax, spelling, punctuation, diacritical marks, and other orthographical conventions of the target language;
- lexical cohesion and phraseology;
- compliance with any proprietary and/or client style guide (including domain, language register, and language variants);
- locale and any applicable standards;
- target audience and purpose of the target language content.
The translator raises any uncertainty as a query with the project manager. The translation task includes the translator’s overall self-revision of the target content for possible semantic, grammatical and spelling issues, and for omissions and other errors, as well as ensuring compliance with any relevant translation project specifications.
The translator makes any corrections necessary prior to delivery.
Untranslate ensures that the target language content is revised. The reviser, who is a person other than the translator, shall have the competences and qualifications as mentioned above in the source and target languages. The reviser examines the target language content against the source language content for any errors and other issues, and its suitability for purpose. This includes comparison of the source and target language content for the aspects listed above.
As agreed upon with the project manager, the reviser either corrects any errors found in the target language content or recommends the corrections to be implemented by the translator.
Any errors or other issues affecting target language content quality should be corrected and the process repeated until the reviser and Untranslate are satisfied. The reviser also informs Untranslate of any corrective action he/she has taken.
If the project specifications include a review, Untranslate ensures that the target language content is reviewed. Untranslate requires the reviewer to carry out a review to assess the suitability of the target language content for the agreed upon purpose and domain and recommend corrections to be implemented by Untranslate. Untranslate can instruct the reviewer to make corrections. The review includes assessing domain accuracy and respect for the relevant text-type conventions.
In-house translator – french
We are currently looking for a native French speaking linguist, to be based in our office in Ghent, Brussels or Antwerp, to translate web and social media content, technical documentation and marcom from Dutch and English into French. The ideal candidate is passionate about creating fluent and accurate translations that preserve the style and meaning of the original text by using technical knowledge and adhering to the terminology and formatting requirements of the client.
Our ideal colleague
- Has extensive knowledge in / experience with legal/ICT/medical and/or tourism domain
- Proofreads documents after completing translation, with an emphasis on technical terminology, grammar, and readability
- Able to work according to ISO 17100:2015 certification
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Detail-oriented, organized, thorough, accurate, and able to work quickly and steadily in a focused manner
- Able to deal with frequent change, delays, interruptions, and unexpected events
- Demonstrates initiative, persistence, ability to solve problems, and enthusiasm for learning
- Strong ability to multitask, prioritize, work independently with minimal supervision and meet deadlines
- Strong analytical, researching, troubleshooting, problem-solving, and decision-making abilities
Education and experience requirements
- Degree or certification in translation, communication or linguistics
- Native fluency in French, excellent knowledge of English and Dutch
- Familiarity with CAT tools and the principles of concept-oriented terminology management
- Background in or open to translation automation technology such as workflow systems and machine translation
- Strong computer and desktop publishing skills
- Experience with voice over, subtitling and interpretation is an asset
Send your application letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.