Simsbury, CT

Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) is a leader in energetic system solutions offered to aerospace and defense customers for a wide array of applications.  EBAD products & capabilities set the U.S. standard and are highly sought after in the international community. 

EBAD seeks an early career supply chain professional for the position of Buyer supporting our indirect spend and production programs, reporting to the Senior Supply Chain and Logistics Manager in our Simsbury, CT location.


  • Responsible for supplier sourcing, procurement and delivery of raw materials, machined parts, electronic components, contract manufacturing & services in support of EBA&D Simsbury, CT Engineering Development and Operations teams.

  • Creates and manages supplier Requests for Quotations, Purchase Orders and supply Kanbans. 

  • Performs assessment of supply base capability vs need, supplier sourcing, risk assessment, supplier selection & development, negotiation with suppliers, scheduling, ERP / MRP system planning, supplier Purchase Order management, conflict resolution and manages supplier follow up activity to ensure on time delivery of high quality products at least total cost. 

  • Works with Proposal Engineers and Development Engineering as procurement representative on new product business proposals. 

  • Ensures that all regulatory requirements with respect to purchasing, storage, and transportation of materials are adhered to.  

  • Develops procurement cost justifications consistent with requirements of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFARs). 

  • Participation in Continuous Improvement activities, working with suppliers and internal customers to facilitate improvements in cost, quality and on-time delivery.

  • Works independently and manages multiple projects, at the same time, at a tactical level. 


  • The Candidate must have a BA/BS in Supply Chain, Finance or Business 1 to 3 years tactical purchasing experience.  Some experience in working with Aerospace and Defense products and processes.

  • Understanding of Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing practices and basic operation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. 

  • Strong skills in MS Windows – Excel, Word, Power-point and MS Project. 

  • The candidate must be detail orientated, ability to multi-task and have excellent written and verbal communications skills. 

  • Excels in a dynamic, changeable work environment.  Energetic and positive.  Ability to work independently.  Processes an entrepreneurial spirit. 

  • Must be willing to travel as needed (0-10%).  

The Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.