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Founded in 1938, Defender Industries is a family-owned, debt free, profit-sharing marine outfitter & supplier of quality brand-name boating equipment, supplies, accessories, apparel, inflatable boats & outboard motors for serious boaters worldwide via catalog, the internet at www.defender.com & throughout the Northeastern U.S. at the Defender Warehouse Outlet Store located at our headquarters in Waterford, Connecticut. 

Our Staff of knowledgeable, experienced boaters – sail & power – are backed up with a huge inventory of over 25,000 items available for immediate purchase or shipment.

After 75 years of delivering real value & Customer service to real boaters, we know that it’s the quality of our people that make us successful & sets Defender apart from our Competitors.

Defender is proud to be able to offer the following opportunities for qualified individuals. Click on a link below to see more information about an available position.

Equal Employment Opportunity
It is Defenders policy to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to individual's sex, sexual orientation, race, color, personal appearance, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, physical disability or mental retardation.  This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.  We are fully committed to this principle and to obtaining the cooperation and understanding of this effort by all of our employees.

  • ASSISTANT WEB MASTER AND DATA ANALYST
  • ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SPECIALIST
  • MANAGER OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • ATTENTION BOATERS & RETIREES!
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    ASSISTANT WEB MASTER AND DATA ANALYST

    Overview:
    In this challenging position you will be responsible for providing web programming and web content  as well as develop, trouble shoot and improve existing code and scripting. You will also provide Access2010 and Microsoft SQL support to the E-Commerce department.  This assistance will include custom data retrieval and maintenance of existing Access databases and forms used in day to day web data processing and mailing list files.

    General Summary:
    Seeking an experienced boater for a full time position reporting to the ecommerce Department Manager. This is a great career opportunity with Full benefits, 401k, profit-sharing, Employee Merchandise discounts, Medical & Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays.

    Job Requirements:

    • Build and maintain Web Promotion pages and assist with Email Blast production
    • Assist with day to day Website production including writing product copy, processing images, maintaining site links and PDF reference materials
    • Maintain, troubleshoot, and improve existing JAVA, Javascript, JSP code
    • Use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to optimize natural search
    • Build and maintain Access2010 Databases and forms
    • Use Microsoft SQL Management Studio to enhance Data Access and interface with Access2010 Databases and forms
    • Use Microsoft SQL Management Studio to update and maintain web ERP databases
    • Maintain Mailing list files, analyze list effectiveness, de-dupe and CAS certify

    Required Experience:

      • Two years of recent hands-on ecommerce experience
      • Experience working with a large ecommerce web site with product catalog greater than 15,000 items.
      • Experience programming in JSP, Java, Javascript
      • Database experience with Microsoft Access 2010, Visual Basic, and SQL
      • Able to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, Photoshop and the basic mechanics of website construction and design
      • Working knowledge of Google Analytics, Search Optimization ( SEO )
      • Knowledge of JQuery, Ajax, HTML5, PHP and ASP.net, is desirable
      • Experience with an internally hosted website running on a Linux/Tomcat Apache system is a big plus.

      Please see below for Application Submission Info .

     

     

    ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SPECIALIST

    Accounts Payable Specialist – 76 year old debt free marine supplier is looking for a dynamic individual to join our accounting team. This is a great career opportunity with Full benefits, 401k, profit-sharing, Employee Merchandise discounts, Medical & Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, & Short-term and Long-term disability coverage.
    Boaters welcome!
     
    General Summary:  Full Time- Position is responsible for A/P and reporting to the Accounting Supervisor on various projects related to Accounts Payable. 

    Duties and Responsibilities: 

    • Matches invoice/packing slip/purchase order
    • Code invoices with proper General Ledger codes
    • Enter a high volume of invoices on a computerized accounting system
    • Heavy vendor/internal follow up of order/invoice discrepancies
    • Researches past due credits / call vendors to collect
    • Prepares all work accurately and in a timely manner

    Miscellaneous Duties

    • Helps with various accounting projects as needed
    • Helps with various company projects as needed

    Required Knowledge and Skills:

    • Minimum 3 years of experience in Accounts Payable
    • Excellent communication and organization skills
    • Strong written and verbal skills, ability to use adding machine/calculator
    • Ability to prioritize and work as a team member
    • Software knowledge:  Excel, Word            

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .

     

     

    MANAGER OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Manager of Information Technology has full responsibility for planning, directing, organizing and supervising Information Technology activities and staff, including LAN/WAN, Desktops and Servers, Hosted Operations, Help Desk activities, telephone system and overall IT infrastructure and architecture.  Implements and maintains effective processes and controls for daily operation of the areas as assigned.

    Other responsibilities of the Management role include:

    • Proactively recognize problems in need of a solution and systems in need of development and demonstrate creativity to develop feasible, cost effective solutions to the problems.
    • Stay abreast of the latest developments in IT technology and remain highly technically competent at all levels of data processing while striving for enhanced user productivity and management of IT costs.  Implement new software technology where applicable, and implement policies that effectively utilize IT resources.
    • Prepare long and short-range plans for application selection, systems development, and acquisition of the resources needed to support them.
    • Proactively stay abreast of and ensure compliance with legal requirements, regulation changes and industry practices including those related to industry security requirements and guidelines.
    • Build and maintain a hardware, software and network infrastructure that meets the requirements of the business and users, is highly reliable and available, with an appropriate level of redundancy within the budgetary constraints of the business.
    • Plan, develop and implement the IT budget.
    • Lead teams and individually coordinate the implementation of projects to ensure the projects are delivered on time and within the allocated budget.
    • Manage all software licensing for the site and ensure compliance with laws and supplier agreements and safeguard software media.
    • Develop, implement and test backup and disaster recovery plans.
    • Implement security architecture as needed to prevent unauthorized access, change or destruction of critical or sensitive data.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of training and career development programs within the IT department

    JOB REQUIREMENTS:
    As a Manager of Information Technology you must have the ability to identify, translate and clearly communicate ideas, creative needs and assessments of projects to clients and internal staff. You must have the ability to communicate effectively including producing written reports and oral presentations

    Other requirements of the management role include:

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related field.
    • SQL administration a must
    • AIX and Linux administration a must
    • At least 7 years of experience in a hands-on IT environment.
    • Must be fluent in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
    • Experience developing policies, procedures, and documentation governing best practices for operating an effective IT function.
    • Experience in the development, rollout and support of desktop application packages including: Windows professional, Microsoft office professional, essential support software including anti-virus, encryption, via GPO policies, etc.
    • Technical expertise and working knowledge of the following tools: LAN / WAN security and communications, Cisco switches, SonicWALL firewalls, VMWare (full-suite w/SAN integration), Windows Server, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Server applications and functionality including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, iSCSI storage area networks.
    • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written and an ability to communicate the highly technical aspects of the IT field for understanding by non-technical professionals.
    • Must be team oriented and able to lead and direct members of the IT team.
    • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities.
    • Willingness to be an active, working manager. Available as necessary during off hours to resolve issues

    Keywords:

    VMware, LAN/WAN, iSCSI, AIX, LINUX, SQL, AD, Windows, AIX, Linux, Manager, Telephony, Security, Project Management

    Full benefits, 401k, profit-sharing, Employee Merchandise discounts, Medical & Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays.

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .

     

     

    ATTENTION BOATERS & RETIREES

    Defender needs a few experienced Boaters with knowledge of boating equipment, supplies, & accessories to join our successful team in various positions.  Get paid for sharing all you've learned about your sail or power boats while working with other boaters.  Plus - EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS on all the stuff you want for YOUR BOAT.  Flexible hours, part-time, full-time, or seasonal.

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .

     

      Click here to submit an application online.

    We provide a great Wage and Benefit Package.  Please direct all inquiries to Defender Industries Human Resources
    eMail: HR@defender.com
    Call 860-701-3438 or fax resumes to 860-701-3427

     

     
     
     
     
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