Test Engineer, Good Housekeeping Institute

The Good Housekeeping Institute is seeking a motivated, self-starter to join its team as a Test Engineer in its Media & Tech Lab. In this role, you will play all day with the hottest and newest gadgets on the market, establishing test protocols while reviewing new products for our broad audience across print and digital. Product categories you may be responsible for include technology, electronics, automotive, toys, home improvement, among others. The ideal candidate is technically minded, with a passion for consumer products, an eye for detail and a drive to grow the GH Institute's authority in the tech sector.

The GH Institute is a state-of-the-art testing facility at the iconic Hearst Tower in midtown Manhattan. It's staffed by engineers, chemists, researchers, registered dietitians and other scientists. In addition to consumer testing, we evaluate thousands of products each year in six cutting-edge labs – the Health, Beauty & Environmental Sciences Lab, the Nutrition Lab, the Kitchen Appliances & Technology Lab, the Home & Cleaning Lab, the Textiles Lab and the Media & Tech Lab. Our rigorous analysis is key to the trust that consumers put in the Good Housekeeping brand and the Good Housekeeping Seal.

Key Responsibilities

  • Pitch and execute product evaluations, including idea generation, product sample procurement and prep for in-lab and consumer testing, prepping product samples for consumer trials, liaising with PR contacts for images and fact-checking, blinding and sending out products, coordinating consumer testers, organizing lab and post-test cleanup.
  • Build product reviews for print and web, and seek out ways to integrate the Good Housekeeping Institute's product testing into the broader news cycle.
  • Evaluate products for the Good Housekeeping Seal, and respond to consumer queries.
  • Work closely with other GH editors and GH Institute experts to develop product-driven service content across multiple verticals.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, current affairs, breaking news, key conferences/issues and attend trade shows and press events as needed.
  • Represent the GH Institute on relevant industry standards committees
  • Seek out and experiment with emerging technologies.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering
  • One to two years of related experience
  • Passion for consumer products and emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of protocols for product testing
  • Deadline-driven, strategic thinker willing to push the envelope and bring new projects to life
  • Ability to juggle competing tasks simultaneously and work collaboratively across multiple teams
  • Skilled in time- and project-management, and comfortable in a creatively demanding environment that requires meticulous attention to detail
  • Obsessed with science, technology, consumer product design and development, research methods, data, analytics, story-telling, social media, publishing, trends and news
  • Awareness of SEO and best practices for optimizing content for digital
  • Established YouTube and social presence related to testing products is a plus

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