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Careers at Defender

Employment Opportunities

Defender is a family-owned marine outfitter located in Waterford, CT, in business for years. We are an authorized dealer of thousands of products from every major marine manufacturer and have grown to become the largest independent marine supply firm in the US. We are also the largest single-location dealer of inflatable boats in North America.

Our valued employees have hundreds of years of combined boating experience and are committed to earning our customers' trust and respect by offering friendly service, ongoing support, and of course - great value. Our crew takes pride in their work at Defender where the focus on customers begins with delivering honesty and real value to serious boaters.

If you'd like to join our Defender family to share your experience and love of boating face-to-face with our customers, or by becoming part of our behind-the-scenes crew working hard to keep Defender the top choice for marine supplies, please submit your resume.



  • Answer all incoming calls, sales and or customer service, in a timely and professional manner
  • Provide accurate and expeditious computerized order taking
  • Handle special order and/or custom items
  • Achieve sales goal provided
  • Respond to email and fax inquiries
  • Follow-up with customers within the goals provided
  • Execute shipping quotes, including truck and international
  • Conduct self-call evaluations
  • Follow the workflow process for follow up
  • Continuously familiarize yourself with product knowledge (Vendor training)


Education / Work History:

  • High School diploma or more
  • Previous Call Center experience
  • Boating/Marine industry experience and knowledge
  • Commitment to teamwork and customer service

Job Skills:

  • Positive attitude with ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize
  • Excellent written and verbal skills; excellent phone skills
  • Practical boating skills

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Date Posted: 2021-12-27 Defender Industries, Inc. Waterford CT 06385-3336 42 Great Neck Road Profit sharing USD Full time


You'll be responsible for administration and maintenance of existing databases while providing Microsoft SQL Server and Access support to the ecommerce department. This assistance will include custom data retrieval and maintenance of existing databases and forms used in day-to-day web data processing. Additionally, this role will provide web programming and content management, and develop, troubleshoot and improve existing code and automated scripts.

You will:

  • Use Microsoft SQL Management Studio to update and maintain web ERP databases
  • Build and maintain Microsoft Access forms and databases
  • Use Microsoft SQL Management Studio to enhance data-access; interface with SQL databases using Microsoft Access
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and improve existing Java and .NET web applications
  • Maintain pricing integrity
  • Maintain and continually update search functionality
  • Build and maintain database tools that help to push product live and manage our marketing efforts
  • Generate and compile sales reports and other business metrics


  • Database experience with Microsoft SQL Server/Access
  • Minimum 2 years' web application development and database administration
  • Experience working with a large ecommerce website with product catalog greater than 15,000 items
  • Experience programming in Java/JSP, HTML5/CSS3/Javascript and, .NET/C# (Webforms)

You must demonstrate:

  • Solid understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues, and ways to work around them
  • Good understanding of SEO principles to ensure that our applications adhere to such principles
  • Excellent knowledge of browser troubleshooting and debugging practices and techniques
  • Understanding and familiarity with OWASP; site maintenance and scripting; and, best practices for website operations and security
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills; be a team player with strong time-management skills
  • Ability to write documentation

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Date Posted: 2021-11-03 Defender Industries, Inc. Waterford CT 06385-3336 42 Great Neck Road Profit sharing USD Full time


We have immediate seasonal openings in our busy Retail Outlet Store for Cashiers & Sales Associates. Shift and hours (24-30 hrs/week) vary and include weekends.

In the highly visible position of Cashier you will:

  • Greet customers and process all monetary transactions correctly
  • Manage all register paperwork and cash; balance all monies at end of day
  • Work with management as needed to help resolve any customer issues in an expedient manner
  • Possess some boating knowledge; marine product knowledge a plus

The Store Associate offers friendly and knowledgeable customer service. With marine industry experience and/or moderate boating experience you will:

  • Establish and provide high standards in customer relations, product knowledge and sales floor services
  • Maintain knowledge of all products and current marketing strategies
  • Maintain inventory, product merchandising standards and inventory counts
  • Help load and unload merchandise for customers as needed

For both positions your background must include:

  • HS diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to consistently provide positive customer experiences in a retail environment
  • Strong attention to detail, ability to prioritize/organize, and flexibility
  • Computer, data entry skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office

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Date Posted: 2021-05-14 Defender Industries, Inc. Waterford CT 06385-3336 42 Great Neck Road Profit sharing USD Full time


Reporting to the Assistant Operations Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating various aspects of the WH inbound/outbound operations. The focus of this position is to monitor and control WH inventory by overseeing, directing, and coordinating the movement of supplies, paperwork, products, and merchandise into and out of the WH. This position is on 2nd shift, Monday - Friday (3PM - 1130PM)

You will:

  • Effectively manage non-exempt WH employees to ensure they achieve production and accuracy expectations.
  • Ensure all packing and shipping is compliant with all carrier specific and DOT requirements.
  • Resolve any discrepancies between paperwork and inventory received.
  • Ensure the warehouse operates within the staffing plan by analyzing operating metrics/procedures and monitoring labor scheduling. Assist with the selection, training, promotion, reassignment, etc., of warehouse personnel.
  • Act as liaison with warehouse operations and all our carriers.
  • Coordinate incoming and outgoing deliveries as well as overseeing and assisting with the loading and unloading of these deliveries.
  • Develop and maintain productive teamwork among all employees; counsel and coach subordinates; and conduct new employee orientation.
  • Minimize mark-outs, operational errors, and damage problems.
  • Effectively communicate operational objectives and develop goals to attain desired results.


Education / Work History

  • High School graduate or equivalent required; Bachelor’s degree preferable.
  • 3+ years warehousing experience required, supervisory experience a plus.
  • Computer, data entry skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office; server-based WMS and ERP system experience required.
  • Knowledge of warehousing and shipping functions required; understands warehouse equipment operations and systems.

Job Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills required; effective skills in conflict resolution needed.
  • Accuracy and timeliness are critical; must be able to work with frequent interruptions in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Strong attention to detail, neatness, good communication skills, ability to prioritize/organize, and flexibility are critical to effectively perform this job.

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Date Posted: 2022-01-05 Defender Industries, Inc. Waterford CT 06385-3336 42 Great Neck Road Profit sharing USD Full time

Please direct all employment inquiries to Human Resources.

[email protected]
860-701-3427 (fax)

Equal Employment Opportunity

DEFENDER INDUSTRIES is committed to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunities and does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, veteran status or any other recognized protected basis under federal, state or local law. Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under applicable federal and state law. A reasonable accommodation refers to a change in the way things are normally done, which will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing an undo hardship on Defender Industries. Please contact Human Resources if you need assistance in completing any forms or otherwise participating in the application process.

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