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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 September 18, 2015)
Champaign, Illinois Position Technical NETWORK ASSISTANT: Seeking a dedicated professional to join our team. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with Windows 7 and Windows Server on multiple hardware platforms. Support end users and IT department with problem resolution tasks, upgrade ideas, and future system enhancements. An associates’ degree in Computer Networking or related field highly desirable. Exposure to Active Directory, Group Policies and printer management a plus. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. MODEL TECHNICIAN: Repair R/C models and engines, test hobby products, and assist with related questions. Ability to work with hand tools and small parts required. R/C modeling, light mechanical, or experience in small engine repair desired. Full-time, days. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. 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.
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 and part-time positions available. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. 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, 2nd, and 3rd shift. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. JANITOR: Assist with general cleaning and tile floor care. At least two years of previous janitorial and floor care experience and a dependable work history required. Full-time, 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. 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.  Previous sales or customer service 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.

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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. 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. Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer. 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. TRAINING SPECIALIST: Assess company training needs and develop and conduct effective training programs to maintain and improve employee job skills.  Hobbico is an equal opportunity employer.
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    Responsibilities Include:
  • Writing curriculum for training programs including training manuals, course materials and presentations.
  • Providing safety and regulatory training and other training for new hires.
  • Perform computer software training and product training.
  • Measure and record training effectiveness.
  •  Establish relationships and coordinate training with department clients.
  • Assisting with administrative duties as needed.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience writing and delivering training curriculums.
  • Excellent presentation skills/influential speaker.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to use new technologies to increase training efficiency and materials effectiveness.
  • Proven writing skills.
  • Experience training adult learners in a corporate environment preferred.
  • Bachelors’ Degree in a related field, preferably Communications or Training.

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. 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. WAREHOUSE MANAGER: Seeking a qualified candidate for a 1st shift Warehouse Manager in our Reno warehouse facility. This position is the first line of contact with receiving and production employees 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. Coordinates employee training and advises staff on proper procedures and shipping deadlines. The qualified candidate should be a self-starter, have strong time management skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Three to five years supervisory experience in a distribution setting is required. Associates degree in a related field preferred. 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.

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