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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 January 26, 2016)

Champaign, Illinois Position Technical MOBILE SOFTWARE PROJECT ENGINEER: Lead mobile software projects for a multi-faceted hobby company. Responsible for developing and maintaining mobile apps for a variety of exciting future products—motor controllers, flight controllers, battery chargers and management, remote control systems and more. Apps will be interfacing with embedded systems using wireless interfaces such as WiFi or Bluetooth on both Android and iOS. Manage and oversee outsourced mobile application development projects. Maintain and create test plans and specifications for continuing support and compatibility.
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    The successful candidate will have:
  • A Bachelors Degree in Computer Science/Computer Engineering/Computer Systems.
  • At least 6 years’ experience in a related field.
  • Strong practical knowledge of software solutions and development techniques.
  • IOS/Android languages—Swift, Objective C, and Java.
  • Wireless protocols—WiFi, Bluetooth, BLE.
  • Project management experience.
  • App store and Google Play publishing and management.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects at once and handle changing priorities.
  • Public apps in the Google Play and App store.
    Other desirable qualifications include
  • Knowledge of other supporting languages—JavaScript/jQuery, HTML, Ajax, PHP, and C/C++/C#.
  • Apple MFi licensing/certification experience.
  • Embedded software protocols/connectivity and hardware knowledge.
  • Large scale computing—database architectures, IP networking, security, and performance tuning.
  • RC hobby experience, preferably with multirotor, airplanes, or cars.
PRODUCT DESIGNER: Design hobby products and related accessories using 3D CAD software. The primary focus will be with R/C boat design, building, and testing, but design versatility with other R/C and general hobby product categories is required.
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    As a Research and Development Product Designer you will
  • Design, test, and develop a wide variety of products ranging from toys, R/C hobby products, and simple to complex mechanical devices.
  • Assist the R&D Manager in all phases of research and development related to the design, testing, and tooling to produce product.
  • Perform quality control testing on R/C and other products as requested by the R&D Manager.
  • Write instruction manuals for new products.
    The successful candidate will have:
  • At least 3 years of consumer product design experience.
  • Previous 3D design software experience (Solidworks preferred).
  • Proficiency with MS Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of hobby-level products.
  • An understanding of manufacturing techniques and materials.
  • Other desirable qualifications include:
  • Associates degree in mechanical design or related field.
  • Expertise with R/C boat design and setup.
  • Experience operating CNC machining equipment.
QUALITY CONTROL TECHNICIAN: Inspect incoming shipments of radio-control products and components to ensure quality standards are met. Test items to determine reliability. Report results of testing and make recommendations to improve upon materials and parts used in production process. Assist with product quality control documents. Perform inspections of new products. Assist the R&D staff with the development of radio control products. Compose product addendums, tech notices and assist in the composition of instruction manuals. Good communication skills and MS Office experience required. Previous experience with radio-control products desirable. Full-time, days. Equal opportunity employer. General DIRECT MAIL ADMINISTRATOR: Coordinates print ad mailings, including catalogs and other publications. Creates mail plans and summaries as well as source codes and coupons for retail customer promotions. Organizes special offer materials, working with outside organizations. Proofreads print and website ads. Previous MS Office experience and excellent written communication skills required. Full-time, days. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. MACHINE OPERATOR: Operate machinery including saws, routers, and sanders.  Be able to unload trucks when needed. The ability to read a tape measure and input information into the computer are required.  Previous carpentry or shop experience desired.  Full-time, days. 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. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.
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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.
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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.
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. Part-time positions available, 2nd shift and weekend hours. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. Sales and Service RETAIL SALES 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. A variety of full-time and part-time schedules available, including day, evening, and weekend hours.  Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.
    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:
  • Previous 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.

  • Other desirable qualifications include:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering or Technology
  • Previous experience in project management

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER – EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS: Oversee the development of R/C surface and aircraft products and related accessories.  Collaborate with marketing and sales staff to promote new items and increase product sales
    As Assistant Product Manager on the Exclusive Products Team, you will…
  • Develop and release new products that appeal to customers and reflect company goals. 
  • Assist with production planning and schedules, design creation, vendor selection, project coordination, and new product introductions.
  • Create master schedule to track product releases. 
  • Handle day-to-day communications with vendors on assigned products.
    The successful candidate will have:
  • A minimum of three years hands-on experience with R/C products.
  • Strong knowledge of current hobby industry trends.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • A proven track record of results-oriented performance.

PUBLIC RELATIONS & CONTENT MANAGER: Hobbico currently has an exciting opportunity for a Public Relations & Content Manger to join our expanding propriety marketing team. Put your PR and social media experience to work in this integrated, creative role. We foster a vibrant culture and a collaborative work environment designed to empower our employees. Come join a dynamic team that has a passion for innovation, success, and teamwork!
    As Public Relations & Content Manger, you will…
  • Direct and develop strategic publicity programs and campaigns for assigned products and product lines
  • Maximize product and brand exposure through press releases, public appearances, conferences, and other publicity opportunities
  • Develop and maintain media relationships and publicly represent the company
  • Manage paid, owned, and earned media strategies
  • Assist in the development of social media planning, advertising, and implementation
    The successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, or related field
  • 3-5 years public relations, marketing, or communications experience
  • Familiar with social media and blog platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, HTML experience desired
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must be highly organized and able to handle numerous projects at the same time
Hobbico is 100% employee-owned and we believe that our employees are our most important resource. We offer a competitive pay and comprehensive benefits including:.
  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Employee discounts 
HUMAN RESOURCES SPECIALIST: Hobbico’s HR department is currently seeking a Human Resources Specialist to join our expanding team. We foster a vibrant culture and a collaborative work environment designed to empower our employees. Come join a dynamic team that has a passion for innovation, success, and teamwork!
    As Human Resources Specialist , you will…
  • Administer recruitment process for entry-level job applicants including interviewing, testing, referencing, and offering positions
  • Coordinate employee relations programs
  • Assist with planning and implementation of corporate social events
  • Develop employee communication materials
  • Conduct insurance benefits orientations and process enrollment forms for newly eligible employees
    The successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field
  • 1-2 years of experience dealing with customers/employees in an administrative capacity
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Social media recruiting experience preferred
Hobbico is 100% employee-owned and we believe that our employees are our most important resource. We offer a competitive pay and comprehensive benefits including:.
  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Employee discounts 
MARKETING SPECIALIST: Hobbico currently has a tremendous opportunity for a Marketing Specialist to join our expanding proprietary marketing team. Jump start your marketing career by assisting with the development of marketing initiatives for Hobbico’s proprietary radio control hobby products. We foster a vibrant culture and a collaborative work environment designed to empower our employees. Come join a dynamic team that has a passion for innovation, success, and teamwork!
    As Marketing Specialist , you will…
  • Plan, edit, and proof all marketing materials for print, digital, video, e-mail, and social media channels
  • Assist in the development and implementation of new product marketing launch plans to ensure successful market introduction
  • Manage the scheduling and execution of marketing strategy meetings
  • Initiate artwork development for proprietary product packaging
  • Coordinate scheduling and preparation of products for studio photography
  • Participate in trade show and event planning and attend industry shows/events
    The successful candidate will have:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communication, or related field
  • At least one year professional experience in marketing, advertising, or publicity
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must be a creative thinker and have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
Hobbico is 100% employee-owned and we believe that our employees are our most important resource. We offer a competitive pay and comprehensive benefits including:.
  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid holidays
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Employee discounts 
MERCHANDISING & EVENT MANAGER: Manage all details relating to Hobbi co's presence at trade shows and events. This includes developing schedules to meet deadlines, product and demo item selection, creating booth layout and design, as well as coordinating signage and literature needs. Oversee the construction of displays along with packing and shipping items for events. A Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Project Management, Marketing, or related field required. Must have at least two years RC product or industry experience. Previous experience in show/event planning and familiarity with designing and constructing product displays desired. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.

 


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 hr@towerhobbies.com EOE

Reno, Nevada Warehouse General MATERIAL HANDLER: Seeking a material handler 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 warehouse or stocking experience preferred, but not required. Full-time position available on 1st shift. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATES: Work in our warehouse assisting in the order fulfillment process. Full-time positions available on 1st shift. Previous warehouse experience helpful. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.

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.