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The leading model and hobby company in the world, and one of the most progressive companies in the Champaign/Urbana area is seeking qualified individuals for the following positions. We offer a competitive compensation package and excellent opportunities for career growth.
Currently Open Positions (effective May 12, 2015)
Champaign, Illinois Position Technical EMBEDDED SOFTWARE ENGINEER: Experienced programmer/engineer needed to deliver high-quality embedded software for a variety of remote control platforms and applications including motor speed controllers, flight controllers, battery charging systems and more. Responsible for the design and maintenance of embedded software/firmware for products as well as the development of hardware specifications for embedded platforms. Develop and design test specifications, debugging tracking reports and associated test documentation. Ensure design implementation and meets industry and corporate safety standards.
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    The successful candidate will have:
  • A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering.
  • At least 6 years’ experience in a related field.
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in embedded software development.
  • Proficiency in C and C++ programming.
  • Strong practical knowledge of software solutions and development techniques for embedded systems.
  • Good working knowledge of version control software such as Git or SVN
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects at once and handle changing priorities
    Other desired qualifications:
  • Experience with BLDC motor controllers
  • Knowledge of ARM and AVR microcontrollers.
  • Experience with PID control loops.
  • RC hobby product knowledge/experience.
PRODUCT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN: Answer interesting product related questions on inbound customer help phone lines. Good verbal and written communication skills required. Previous customer service experience a plus. Modeling experience is not required, but must have a willingness to learn about all aspects of the R/C hobby. Full-time, days. NETWORK MANAGER: Oversee staff, operations, equipment and support for data and voice network communications systems, including PCs, Macs, and integrated IP phones. Administer training to company personnel for all approved software and network operations. Assist with establishing company policies for hardware and software purchases and usage. Maintain the technical support process for end users. A degree in Computer Science or Networking is required. The qualified candidate will have experience with Cisco and Dell hardware as well as extensive knowledge of VMware, Microsoft Office, and VPN software. At least 5 years networking experience required. Previous network management experience and good working knowledge of VOIP systems desired. General FORKLIFT DRIVERS: Our warehouse team is seeking forklift drivers to help accurately stock product. Main responsibilities include restocking shelves in a timely manner, filling out-of-stock orders, recording all stock movements, and consolidating merchandise to ensure maximum space utilization. The successful candidate will be organized, accurate, and attentive to detail. Previous forklift experience is preferred, but not required. Full-time positions are available on 1st and 2nd shift. WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES Our Warehouse Associates are directly involved with all aspects of the order fulfillment process to help maintain Hobbico’s commitment to excellence. Primary responsibilities include picking or packing customer orders, ensuring accuracy, meeting quality and production standards, and adhering to safety compliance.
We’re looking to grow our warehouse team with people who possess a strong work ethic, are detail-oriented, and have the ability to meet deadlines in a fast paced, thriving environment. Previous warehouse or manufacturing experience is helpful, but not required. Full-time and part-time positions are immediately available on 1st and 2nd shift
RECEIVING CLERK: Join our warehouse receiving team as a Receiving Clerk. Responsibilities include receiving and unloading incoming shipments, verifying and recording incoming merchandise, and stock labeling product for proper distribution.  This position will also communicate with other departments in the company to obtain special paperwork or to help troubleshoot orders when necessary. Previous warehouse or receiving experience is desired. Full-time position is available on 1st shift, Monday thru Friday.. RECEIVING SUPERVISOR: Seeking a Receiving Supervisor for our warehouse which is a key position on our warehouse team. This hands-on position coordinates daily receiving activities and provides work direction to associates receiving merchandise.
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    As Receiving Supervisor, you will…
  • Oversee and participate in the timely receipt of all incoming deliveries according to company standards.
  • Ensure all receiving functions that affect inventory are processed accurately through an established verification process.
  • Manage the product flow from receiving to the warehouse.
  • Ensure the accurate processing of all returns-to-vendors (RTVs), chargebacks, transfers, and damages based on established guidelines.
  • Maintain a clean, organized work area.
    The successful candidate will have:
  • 3-5 years supervisory experience in a warehouse/receiving environment
  • Organized and goal-oriented with the ability to multi-task and excel in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to lead a team, work well independently, and possess excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office including Excel.
  • Experience operating forklifts, pallet jacks and related equipment.
  • The ability to lift and move 70 lbs.
  • Some college coursework preferred.
RETURN TO STOCK CLERK: Work in the warehouse re-stocking items and returning product to the proper location. Pick special product orders as directed. Sort and meter mail and assist with other duties as needed. Must be able to lift up to 70 lbs. Previous warehouse or stocking experience desirable. Good organizational skills a plus. Full-time, days. SECURITY Perform periodic inspection tours of buildings and grounds to ensure compliance with established safety procedures. Previous security, law enforcement, or military experience or related educational background desired. Full-time and part-time positions available, 2nd shift and weekend hours. Sales and Service CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE:Use your problem solving skills and your background in customer service to assist with processing retail orders. Contact customers to verify billing and shipment information. Process UPS claims for missing/damaged orders and missing payments. Previous banking experience desirable. Part-time, day and weekend hours. SALES AND SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES:Answer inbound calls from customers and assist them with placing orders in a call center environment. Excellent phone, verbal, and interpersonal skills required. Previous sales or customer service experience and computer experience desirable. Incentive pay offered. Full-time and part-time positions available. Set schedule with evening (until 8PM) and weekend (Saturday 9-4 or Sunday 10-4) hours available. Professional SALES SUPERVISOR:Oversee a team of sales representatives in an appealing call center environment. This supervisory position is involved in interviewing, ensuring that staff complies with established policies and best practices as well as motivating the phone sales team to improve sales, service to the customer and efficiency. Demonstrated success in sales and customer service as well as strong communication and people management skills required. Initiative, good judgment and sound decision making abilities are a must. Some supervisory experience is desirable. Full-time hours, including Saturday 9am-4pm and four weekdays with evening hours no later than 7pm.Professional ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER – ELECTRONICS TEAM: Assist the Product Manager in the development of house-branded electronic products which support and enhance the use and enjoyment of R/C aircraft. Help develop products that offer value and satisfaction to the customer.
    As Assistant Product Manager on the Electronics Team, you will…
  • Help to develop new product ideas that would appeal to U.S. and European Markets.
  • Assist with production planning and schedules, design creation, vendor selection, project coordination, and new product introductions.
  • Assist with all facets of product development, ensuring necessary processes are accomplished from product conceptualization to market release.
  • Assist in the initial product sourcing and purchasing function of electronics and related accessories.
  • Help with the presentation of product at all Hobbico-related trade shows.
    The successful candidate will have:
  • A minimum of five years hands-on technical experience with R/C aircraft and accessories.
  • Extensive knowledge of electronic principles and products, such as brushless motors, AC and DC powered devices, 2.4 GHz transmitters, and receiver technologies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to travel for trade shows and other industry events.

  • The successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering or Technology
  • Previous experience in project management

BUYER: Responsible for buying product lines, negotiating with and acting as primary liaison for assigned manufacturers. Manages inventory levels to maximize inventory fill rates, turn rates, cost of goods and return on investment. Sources qualified manufacturers who can meet purchase needs in terms of product quality, quantity and delivery date. Responsible for ongoing inventory item maintenance. Previous retail or wholesale buying experience required along with strong communication, math and Excel skills. MARKETING SPECIALIST: Assist in the creation of marketing and promotional initiatives for our innovative house brand radio control hobby products. Responsibilities include coordinating the input for all marketing, promotions and advertising materials for the marketing team. Monitor new product release schedules. Help execute electronic marketing strategies including social media postings. A minimum of 1-2 years marketing or advertising experience and superior organizational and communications skills are a must. A degree in Marketing or related field is a plus. R/C industry experience or product knowledge desired. PROJECT COORDINATOR: Acts as the primary assistant to the Advertising department manager. Assists with all print production and web advertising work. Monitors project schedules to ensure deadlines are met and prepares reports. The ideal candidate will have at least three years of experience in the Advertising or Marketing field. Associates' degree or equivalent required. Proficiency with MS Office is a must. Full-time, days. SYSTEMS COMPLIANCE MANAGER: Seeking a highly motivated and results-oriented audit professional to assume this key position responsible for planning, executing, and reporting on operational, financial and compliance-related audits of key business units. Help with operational improvements and efficiencies by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to risk management and internal controls. Qualifications include a B.S. in Accounting (CPA/MBA preferred) and a minimum of 5 years financial and operational audit experience. A combination of national public accounting and industrial manufacturing audit experience is highly desirable. Strong communication and interpersonal skills combined with a good working knowledge of business and accounting systems are a must. TRANSPORTATION/LOGISTICS MANAGER: Seeking a qualified candidate to manage all world-wide transportation and logistics activities. Responsibilities include developing and maintaining economical and efficient international and domestic transportation service for our company and its customers, including all facets of the rating and routing on inbound and outbound shipments. Qualified candidates should have a BS/BA in Transportation Logistics or related field and 2-3 years work experience in traffic logistics with a concentration in international shipping. Previous supervisory experience desirable.

If you are in the Champaign-Urbana area, you may also apply in person at 2904 Research Road, Champaign, IL 61822 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Those applicants outside the Champaign area may send a resume with salary history to Tower Hobbies, Attn: Human Resources, 2904 Research Road, Champaign, IL 61822 or email us at EOE

Reno, Nevada Warehouse General SECURITY OFFICER: We have an immediate opening for a Security Officer to help maintain a safe and secure work environment. Main responsibilities include patrolling property premises, monitoring surveillance equipment, performing building inspection tours, and ensuring safety compliance. Previous law enforcement/security experience or related educational background is required. This is a part-time position, Monday-Friday. PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR: This position is the first line of contact between production employees and the management staff with an ongoing presence on the warehouse floor.  Responsibilities include planning, assigning and overseeing work performed by Warehouse Associates.  Duties also include expediting customer order flow, assigning duties and examining work for accuracy to ensure order processing conforms with standard operating procedure.  Coordinates Associate training and advises employees on proper procedures and shipping deadlines.  Communicates with managers to report progress of work and to provide information on the timely shipping of customers’ product.  The qualified candidate should be a self-starter, able to work with minimal supervision, have strong time management skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Three to five years supervisory or team leader experience in a distribution setting is required.  Associates degree in a related field preferred. WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES: Work in our warehouse assisting in the order fulfillment process. Full-time positions available on 1st shift. Previous warehouse experience helpful.

If you are in the Reno, Nevada area you may also apply in person at 1190 Trademark Drive, Reno, NV 89512. from 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

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