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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 & 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.




    General Summary:
    In addition to boat and outboard service, this individual will work with others for after sales support and be available to assist in the carrying out of miscellaneous duties as outlined, but not limited to the outline below.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Maintain and assist in organization of service area
    • Inspection of boats and motors as they are received
    • Troubleshoot and repair boats & engines for customers and dealer stock under warranty
       (Or not under warranty)
    • Produce proper paperwork for paid repairs and submit warranty claims including follow up and
      customer contact
    • Run engines that require PDI’s before delivery for customers
    • Set up trailers to match boats
    • Assist with Rigging jobs when required
    • Handle service inquiries in the store, on the phone or in person
    • Answer employee questions from call center and the store
    • Go to various schooling as required for certification purposes to learn more about the
      product and mechanics when and if offered
    • Assist in store retail sales if needed
    • Work Saturdays during busy season as required
    • Miscellaneous duties as needed to help Defender achieve their mission statement,
      (Warehouse sale, boat shows) which may mean being “lent” to another department, or
      Extended hours during the busy season

    Required Knowledge and Skills:
    Entry level:

    • Ability to follow procedure with attention to detail
    • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
    • Ability to communicate with customers in a professional manner
    • Knowledge of safety procedures
    • Knowledge of material moving including but not limited to, forklift operation
    • Knowledge of small outboard mechanics


    • Knowledge of Inflatable boats
    • Knowledge of inflatable boat repair

    Education and Experience: High School Diploma or equivalent, boating experience needed.

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .




    General Summary:

    Provide administrative assistance to the Boat and Motor Sales and Service group.  This role includes providing support for other Employees as well as assisting with Customer inquiries/needs as it relates to Administrative Department tasks.  The job includes other miscellaneous duties, some of which are described below.

    Job Skills:

    • Personal computer and data entry skills, MS Excel, Word, Outlook required
    • Ability to follow procedure with attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness
    • Must be able to work in a fast paced work environment with ability to prioritize
    • Excellent human relations skills and interpersonal skills required.  Skills in conflict resolution needed
    • Ability to work through frequent interruptions without sacrificing attention to detail
    • Knowledge of Inflatable boats and outboard motors helpful
    • Customer service experience helpful

    Education/Work History:  High School Diploma or equivalent. Read and write English.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Analyze and process boat and motor orders including registration paperwork where needed
    • Warranty registrations with manufacturers
    • Respond to customer requests for replacement registration paperwork
    • Rebate submissions with manufacturers and reconciliation
    • Assist call center staff with inquiries/product information lookup/product pricing
    • Monitor Department e-mail boxes and disposition as needed to proper person or respond
    • Reconcile warranty payments/follow up vendor claims/ Maintain paper files as needed
    • Issuing registration paperwork for registered vessels/trailers as needed
    • Order entry into computerized system/data entry
    • Light proof reading of web pages
    • Any other duties that will help ensure the Company’s success and contribute to Customer satisfaction

    Physical Requirements:  Works in an office located in a warehouse environment.  May be required to lift between 20 to 30 pounds.  Movements vary between bending, sitting, and stooping.  Temperature ranges from 55 to ambient.

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .




    This position requires application of knowledge of established procedures, policies and best practices.
    Must act as an escalation point for Tier2 to deal with any issue when required.

    Perform troubleshooting and diagnosis of complex enterprise security device incidents
    Work with Design Engineer, Project Engineer and Project Manager on customer transition, implementation, or transformation projects.

    Serve as subject matter expert (SME) on customer security products and services.
    Must understand how proposed architectural changes will impact the business and be able to articulate outcomes to technical and non-technical audiences.

    Will have responsibility of taking ownership of assigned tasks, resolve tasks within assigned shift or correctly transition incident to oncoming shift if not resolved, track task to resolution.
    Work with enterprise security device vendors to resolve complex incidents, replace defective hardware, and receive software patches/fixes to resolve incidents.

    Assess vendor vulnerability reports against existing customer devices. Work with customer to implement mitigation activities if required.
    Assist Tier2 engineers with or perform troubleshooting, configuration, replacement, updating or installation of enterprise security devices.

    Create, distribute, analyze and evaluate network management performance reports to requestor. Perform in-depth research of assigned problems to identify resolution options, document options, select best option, and present information to customer and implement approved resolution.  Create and present Root Cause Analysis (RCA) document when requested. Participate in audit and compliance assessments performed internally, by external vendors or by customer audit teams.

    Perform other duties as required.
    This is a non-exempt position and is subject to occasional overtime. 

    Ability to multitask, prioritize and resolve urgent issues.
    Must have excellent understanding and knowledge of enterprise firewall functionality. This includes but is not limited to: Sonicwall NSA devices, Cisco (PIX/FWSM/ASA), etc.
    Must have advanced understanding of Change Management tools. This includes but is not limited to: ITIL based CSM, etc.

    Experience working in 24x7 centers with complex, mission-critical, high transaction, high availability environments. Advanced understanding of networking technologies, e.g. routers, switches, routing protocols, etc..
    Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    Must have enhanced Linux/Unix skills with desired daily administration experience in Tomcat/Apache.  Must have enhanced VMWare 5.5 administration and setup experience.
    At least 3 years’ experience working with TCP/IP, Ethernet networks and troubleshooting tools (tcpdump, trace, etc.)  An advanced understanding of Internet protocols such as UDP, ICMP, DNS, SMTP, POP, HTTP, and SNMP

    Extensive and hands on experience with both physical and network/host level security.  Ideal candidate will have understanding of industry trends in all areas of Information Security.  Ideal candidate will have a strong, multi-discipline, operations background with emphasis on supporting business critical environments 


    • CISSP Information Security certification
    • Security + (301)
    • Sonicwall NSA device configuration
    • ITIL 3 certification
    • Microsoft Enterprise Administrator
    • Linux/Unix (AIX) Configuration and Administration
    • SQL 2008R2 Server Configuration and Administration
    • VMWare 5.5 and VEEAM platform
    • College degree preferred

    Please see below for Application Submission Info .




    The incumbent reports directly to the Inventory Control Manager. Ensures that cycle counts are completed and entered into our system daily. Performs audits on outbound loads. Verifies inventory against the file and makes appropriate adjustments. Helps provide training.  The incumbent must be able to react quickly when problems and /or questions arise. In most cases they are the liaison between the buying department and call center and warehouse operations. Works in a fast paced environment and must be able to handle multiple demands.  Makes bin location changes and assigns new items to a bin location. 


    • Perform daily cycle counts.
    • Process returned merchandise, inspect and report status as directed.
    • Work with shipping department for investigations of missing product.
    • When necessary assist other support staff in the warehouse operation, and provide back up for any of the functions these positions are responsible for.
    • Train new staff members.
    • Assist in other departments, i.e. shipping, selection, receiving and packing as needed.
    • Assists with correcting receiving errors.
    • Frequent communication with buyers, vendors, call center and warehouse management.
    • Answer, transfer calls, take messages, page and make phone calls as necessary.
    • Equipment used includes calculator, copy machine, fax machine, PC and printer.
    • Works with the inventory control systems.
    • Treats others with respect.
    • Plans and prioritizes work to ensure department and organizational needs are met.
    • Completes work in a timely and accurate manner.
    • Assists other personnel in the performance of their work activities when necessary.
    • Attends work regularly and on time.
    • Responds promptly to incoming calls with consideration and courtesy.
    • Follows instructions promptly and efficiently, taking initiative when appropriate.
    • Adheres to safe work procedures.
    • Maintains favorable working relations with other personnel.
    • Communicates in a professional, business like manner.

    Education/Work History: High School Diploma or equivalent. Read and write English. Marine product knowledge helpful.

    Job Skills:  Excellent human relations skills and interpersonal skills required. Skills in conflict resolution needed. Accuracy and timeliness are very important.  Must be able to work with frequent interruptions. Personal computer and data entry skills, MS Excel, Word a necessity. Must be able to work in a fast paced work environment.

    Physical Requirements:  Works in a warehouse environment.  Mobility required throughout and around facility.  Manual dexterity required in the use of computers and printers.  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use their hands, fingers, or feet to handle or manipulate product; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, climb ladders, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to thirty-five pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to fifty pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move more than one hundred pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus

    Performance Dimensions:  Accuracy, Attention to Detail, Neatness, Verbal Communication, Written Communication, Listening Skills, Prioritizing, Organization Skills, Taking Initiative, Planning, Problem Analysis, Decision Making, Flexibility, Confidentiality, Human Relation Skills.

    This description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not intended to determine specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision. Essential functions and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position


    Please see below for Application Submission Info .




    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, 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 .




    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
    Call 860-701-3438 or fax resumes to 860-701-3427


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