At Horizon Hobby, we help people have fun with hobbies. Providing an exceptional customer experience is a mission we take seriously. That's why, when it comes to radio control (RC) fun, we don't toy around. Our company is a leader in the RC industry that is growing and dynamic with a global presence. Come work with us in creating fun for our customers.
We are seeking a Product Developer to join our RC Air product development team. Primary responsibility is to manage the development of products or product categories in a way that maximizes customer satisfaction, sales and margin potential. The Product Developer sources and develops products with the right features, quality and cost to satisfy Horizon Hobby’s customers within the value standards of Horizon Hobby.
Ensures the quality of new products selected for development provide the value expected by Horizon Hobby customers.
Monitors Horizon’s proprietary air brands and competitive products or product categories to assure that air brands maintain their competitive advantage, targets and fills category or product holes and maintains an optimal product portfolio that provides sufficient choices for Horizon Hobby customers to maximize the value received from their purchase.
Coordinates the research, concept, design, testing and development of new products across functional teams, with vendors and with marketing and purchasing teams.
Assists, as required, in the development of manufacturing partners for products and works with existing manufacturers to assure the availability of the necessary capacity planning to produce products that meet market demand.
Participates in the pricing process on new products, provides efficient and accurate costing during development and provides suggested pricing for all assigned products.
Coordinates, executes or has visibility into all aspects of new product packaging collaborating with marketing, and creative departments, including writing user instructions, if necessary.
Communicates with purchasing, as necessary to ensure the development and maintenance of optimal inventory levels and system set up for new product releases.
Provides training as required for sales regarding service on new product releases.
Ensures that all legal compliance, environmental, and industry requirements are met for assigned products.
Communicates with vendors to keep products in development moving forward to meet planned schedules.
Manages and reports on warranty/defective product issues to assure the effective and efficient support of products returned for repair and/or replacement.
Attends trade shows and hobby events as required and is available for possible overseas and domestic travel as necessary.
Manages each project within given timeline to ensure the project meets the release to market date.
Provides a keen eye to growing segments in the RC industry and propose ideas to the Air Product Development team.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
At least three years of experience in a product development environment in either the RC Air hobby or toy industries. Knowledge of the RC industry and significant hands-on experience using RC Air products required.
Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, design or related field is highly preferred, or the equivalent education, training and experience.
Must be self-motivated, capable of multi-tasking, detail-oriented, and able to organize/set work priorities for themselves.
Must possess strong project management skills with the ability to parallel manage multiple projects that are in different development stages.
Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills with ability to communicate and interact with all levels of the organization, vendors, and customers.
Must possess good mechanical skills.
Proficiency in the use of computers with knowledge in Excel, Word, Outlook, and Project applications.
This position will be in our Champaign, IL office, however, we will consider a remote work opportunity for the right candidate.
Horizon Hobby is an equal opportunity employer