Lab Tester

Posted: 10/4/2019

Location: New York, New York
Function: Writing & Editing
Specialty: Editor / Editorial, Writer
Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive

About the Team

An integral part of Future’s editorial operations in New York, the Labs team provides the writers and editors of major websites like TechRadar, Tom’s Guide, Tom’s Hardware, and Laptop with the vital information about the products they cover. Whether measuring the hottest new phone’s battery life, wielding a spectrophotometer to determine a TV’s display quality, or occasionally breaking expensive things (on purpose), the Labs team is the inception point for some of the most dynamic technology coverage in the industry. 

Job Purpose

Does technology truly excite you? Do you want to play with all the coolest new stuff on the market before anyone else? Do you like your work to be fast-paced, unpredictable and always on the edge? If so, Lab Tester at Future may be your dream job. You’ll work directly with the head of Testing in our New York office to evaluate the performance of laptops, smartphones, TVs, routers, and more, and deliver that information to the journalists who need it most—in our local newsroom and around the world.

Key responsibilities

  • Testing products (including, but not limited to, laptop and desktop computers, smartphones, TVs, and routers) for Future’s editorial brands, often on tight deadlines

  • Recording and cataloging test results

  • Improving and expanding existing testing protocols, and developing new ones

  • Documenting testing procedures

  • Managing incoming and outgoing products, as well as permanent inventory and testing equipment, using asset management software and FedEx shipping

What do I need to succeed?

  • Strong experience using, and a serious interest in, a wide range of technology products (including, but not limited to, PC, Mac, and Chrome laptop and desktop computers, Apple and Android  smartphones, TVs, and home networking equipment)

  • Exquisite attention to detail

  • Superlative verbal and written communication skills

  • Keen organizational sense

  • Top-notch analytical and creative thinking

  • A talent for absorbing and implementing new concepts quickly

  • The ability to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously

What would help me stand out?

  • Previous product testing experience, with a focus on computers and phones

  • PC building and/or upgrading experience

  • A background in journalism (preferably technology journalism)

  • Asset management or shipping experience

  • Programming or scripting skills

What will I get in return?

As well as our standard benefits, we have a number of awesome perks available to our staff including:

  • Unlimited paid time off (yes you read that right!)

  • A share in our success- every member of staff receives a profit pool bonus at the end of our financial year

  • Free food (monthly munchies, bagel Fridays, fresh fruit & snacks and coffee and tea on tap)

  • Central office locations with cool open plan working spaces

  • Free digital magazine subscriptions and access to back copies of our print magazines and bookazines

  • Discounted gym membership and onsite health & wellbeing (yoga at lunch anyone?!)

  • 2 day offsite in your first 3 months to learn more about Future

  • Annual Future conference - get together with your colleagues to celebrate success and look forward to what's next

  • Regular staff socials arranged by our wonderful Employee Community & Culture committees

  • Huge opportunities to learn and develop whether through professional qualifications, exposure to incredible business projects or informal lunch & learns, hosted by your colleagues

  • Give something back- Future will match your personal charity fundraising efforts up to $400

We are Future

Connectors. Creators. Experience Makers

We have big ambitions to transform media and change people’s lives. Together, we connect people to their passions through the high-quality content we create and the innovative technology we pioneer. It’s an incredibly exciting time to join!

Future is the name behind market-leading brands in specialist sectors across technology, gaming & entertainment, music, creative & photography, hobbies, knowledge and home interest. 


We’re dedicated to creating loyal fans of our brands, and the number is growing all the time. Our global reach is phenomenal with over 250 million consumers across 180 + world-leading brands. It’s an incredible privilege to have such a passionate audience base across our websites, magazines, social media and events.

Every kind of talent is celebrated here. We hire for person not for the role, looking for people who share our ambitions to be bold and innovate, making Future a global success story.

Let’s do this!

To apply for this role, please submit your CV and a covering letter explaining why this is your dream job!


Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Future.  

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