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. 

Due to significant company growth, EBAD seeks a supply chain professional for the new position of Senior Buyer reporting to the Senior Supply Chain and Logistics Manager in our Simsbury, CT location.


  • Provides creative solutions and leadership in implementing procurement in your area of responsibility.  Leveraging your expertise and experience, manage all aspects of procurement from component definition through to supplier delivery. 

  • Performs assessment of supplier risk, creates competitive Request for Proposals, conducts supplier selection & development, negotiates with suppliers, scheduling, Purchase Order management, conflict resolution and manages supplier follow up activity to ensure on time delivery of high quality products at least total cost. 

  • In this role, you will purchase a wide range of components including:  contract manufacturing & services, raw materials, machined components and electronic devices in support of EBAD Simsbury, CT Operations and Product Development teams.

  • Recommends inventory fulfillment approaches such as Kanban and strategic inventory. 

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

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

  • Creates procurement cost/price 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 quality, on-time delivery and cost.


  • The Candidate must have a BA/BS in Supply Chain, Finance or Business.  5-8 years tactical purchasing or related experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry. 

  • Experience in both low volume, development scale procurement (R&D), to low/medium volume production procurement is desirable. 

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

  • Knowledge of FAR/DFARS and related government procurement documentation requirements.

  • Excels in a dynamic work environment. 

  • 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.