P200: Strategic Procurement

Staff Development Opportunities

SRS created an opportunity for UCSC to develop and fine-tune our reverse auction process.  UCSC buyers Kate Cunningham, Nancy Nieblas and Kathleen Rogers collaborated with UCSF to better understand how the reverse auction worked, what lessons were learned, and best practices. Running a mock reverse-auction with actual suppliers gave us real-time experience which we used to dial in our processes, improve our communication strategies, and fine-tune the buyer roles/responsibilities needed to make the event successful.  After conducting UCSC’s first reverse auction, we are very pleased with how the prep work resulted in a smooth reverse auction experience for both suppliers and buyers.  We look forward to our next reverse auction opportunity, and are open to sharing our process with other campuses interested in running a reverse auction.


Mike Steele

eProcurement Manager