Persistent Systems

Purchasing Agent

Job Location US-NY-New York
Supply Chain

Job Description & Responsibilities

Persistent Systems is looking for an experienced Purchasing Agent. You will be responsible for supporting the Supply Chain department in the purchasing of materials, products, and other supplies. This includes sourcing suppliers and participating in pricing negotiations. You will be responsible for ensuring that the company has adequate inventory to support the manufacturing and on-time delivery of our Wave Relay® products.


Must be a US Citizen and have ability to obtain a security clearance, as we sell to US Government and it is their requirement (we are a defense subcontractor as well as selling commercial). Onsite full-time in our Manhattan HQ


Position Responsibilities


  • Reports to the Manager of Purchasing.
  • Comply with company purchasing policies and procedures.  
  • Responsible for negotiating and managing complex long-term supply agreements to maximize cost savings, minimize delivery time, and leverage a consignment model such that cost/inventory is not incurred, and just-in-time delivery is achieved.
  • Required to understand and analyze the cost base and pipeline of current and future activity and translate this into clear sourcing plans. 
  • Strategic Sourcing/Planning & Decision Making for component and board level electronics. 
  • Data analysis: BOM Manager/BOM Scrub, to promote healthy part choices such as up to date lifecycle status, compliance data, inventory levels, avg. price, risk levels.
  • Timely and effective communication of forecasts to suppliers. 
  • Assist with regular re-negotiations of terms and business agreements with suppliers. 
  • Evaluate areas of opportunity and reduce costs where possible. 
  • Measure and continuously improve key performance metrics to ensure supplier management standards are achieved. 
  • Ability to work within a healthy and collaborative team environment.
  • Work and collaborate with other departments, Engineering, Production, Sales, QA, Warehouse, etc.
  • Review all records of purchased products, vendor contracts, quantities and lead times and ensure data in ERP system is accurate.  
  • Perform periodic visits to plants and distribution centers of the prospective suppliers to assess their capabilities.

Job Qualifications & Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in procurement or purchasing
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Experience with Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement practices and procedures
  • Experience purchasing electronic materials, parts, components, etc.
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and procurement (e.g. ERP, MRP) or similar software
  • Ability to obtain a Secret US Security Clearance

Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or a related degree or equivalent experience (e.g. CPSM, CSCP)


Total compensation for this role can vary from $80,000 to $85,000 a year based on the selected individual's education and experience. Persistent Systems, LLC offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance; paid time off; flexible spending accounts; 401(k) plan with company match; fitness membership reimbursement; tuition assistance; mental health benefits; and veterinary benefits.

Company Overview

Headquartered in New York City since 2007, Persistent Systems, LLC is a global communications technology company which develops, manufactures, and integrates a patented and secure Mobile Ad Hoc Networking (MANET) system: Wave Relay®. The company’s industry leading R&D team has designed wireless networking protocols to support their cutting-edge Wave Relay® system and technology. Wave Relay® is capable of running data, video, voice and other applications under the most difficult and unpredictable conditions. Their suite of products is field proven and utilized in Commercial, Military, Government, Industrial, Agriculture, Robotics, and Unmanned System markets.


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