This is a true career opportunity for an experienced Purchasing Manager to lead our team of Product Managers and Buyers. The ideal candidate will be an experienced marine industry professional and boater with strong leadership, retail or distribution purchasing management, organizational, merchandising, marketing, communications, and inventory management skills. Getting the details right the first time is important - to us and to our Customers. You must be a take-charge, independent self-starter with high energy and a positive attitude that is also comfortable with computerized sales and inventory systems.
Your primary responsibility is to direct all Purchasing operations in the pursuit of company goals for sales, margins and inventory management. Boating &/or Marine industry experience required. Ten years successful retail or distribution purchasing management preferred. The Purchasing Manager will maintain win-win relationships with Staff and Suppliers in an inclusive environment that houses the entire company in one location.
Minimum 10 years’ experience in retail or distribution purchasing &/or product management including at least 5 in management, preferably in a recreational marine environment
Excellent planning, organizational, project and time management skills; prioritized work and adapts; keen attention to details with focus on quality and service.
Proactive, exercises good judgment; creatively problem solves.
Builds positive, professional working relationships internally and externally. Effective negotiation skills and ability to build long term partnerships with peers and vendors.
Intermediate to advanced Excel skills. Ability to quickly learn and easily navigate ERP Systems.
About Defender Industries, Inc.
Defender is a debt-free, family-owned marine outfitter located in Waterford, CT, in business for 80 years. We strive to maintain an excellent reputation as a multichannel retailer of boating equipment and supplies, inflatable boats / outboard motors, and earn the trust and loyalty of boaters around the world. Our Mission is to be the marine outfitter of choice, offering the widest selection of products at the most competitive prices, and providing only the best customer service.
Defender Employees enjoy a broad benefits package including Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, 401(k), Profit Sharing, paid vacation and holidays, and very generous Employee merchandise discounts. If you take pride in your work and enjoy a fast-paced and pleasant environment where the focus on Customers begins with delivering honesty and real value to serious boaters, please submit your résumé in confidence.