Lead Editor, Kitchen - New York

  • The New York Times Company
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Oct 23, 2019
Full time Other

Job Description

Job Description

About the position:

Wirecutter is seeking an experienced lead editor to manage our coverage of kitchen equipment. The kitchen lead editor will be responsible for working with the kitchen senior editor in section-wide coverage planning, proposing ideas for new guides and videos, and editing guides and blog posts.

Why you should apply:

As the kitchen lead editor, you would be a critical member of our kitchen team, helping to strategize and drive coverage. This role requires writing, editing, and project-management skills, as well as subject-matter expertise. You will work closely with our writers, photo and video team, and audience development team to make sure our kitchen coverage is helpful, engaging, and up-to-date. You will report to the senior editor of the kitchen section, work with both staff and freelance writers to create and maintain guides to a range of home cooking tools and small appliances, and write both short- and long form articles where appropriate.

About Wirecutter:

Founded in 2011 by journalists fed up with the time and energy it takes to shop, Wirecutter developed a simpler approach to giving buying advice: just tell people exactly what to get in one single guide. The company's purpose: to help people find great things, quickly and easily. Through rigorous testing, research, reporting, and whatever means necessary, they create straightforward recommendations that save readers from unnecessary stress, time, and effort. We then monetize these guides by enabling our readers to easily purchase the products they are interested in.


The kitchen lead editor will work out of our New York office.


Project manage guide creation, updates, and supplementary content. Work with senior editor, managing editor, and deputy editor to execute strategy for our kitchen equipment coverage

In concert with the Senior Editor, assign projects to freelance and staff writers as needed, and manage them on a per-project basis

Write short form and occasional long form content as required

Pitch ideas for short- and long-form content; use data to support pitches and to monitor performance

Contribute original ideas to test planning, suggest creative reporting strategies, challenge writers' assumptions

Interact with our reader community through multiple channels, including social, comments, and through our community team


Three-plus years of experience working at a media company with a focus on cooking, with at least one year of experience managing writers

Professional kitchen and/or test kitchen experience is strongly preferred

The ability to write clearly and accessibly about home cooking for lay audiences, and edit with an eye to helping others do the same

Strong beat knowledge in cooking equipment, specifically for the home cook

Familiarity with kitchen appliances and the newest trendy kitchen gadgets.

A healthy balance of pragmatism and paranoia


Though Wirecutter has physical locations in both NYC and LA, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. Although the kitchen lead editor will be expected to work mostly out of the New York office, there is limited work-from-home flexibility for this position.

Benefits and Perks:

Support our original, independent and reported journalism. We provide great health, dental, vision and life insurance for employees and their families We support responsible retirement planning with a generous 401(k) company match. We offer a great parental leave. We are committed to career development and ongoing learning supported by a formal mentoring program as well as $8,000 annually for tuition reimbursement. We have frequent panel discussions and talks by newsmakers and industry leaders. Join a community committed to the richness of diversity, experiences and talents in the world we cover, supported by a variety of employee resource groups.

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.