P200: Strategic Procurement

Strategic Sourcing

When going on an expedition a good guide book and excellent traveling companions can make your voyage more successful and enjoyable. As strategic sourcing and category management activities become a major focus of the P200 program, we are fortunate to have a new guide book and traveling companions joining our team to help us on our journey.

First, let’s talk about our traveling companions. We are pleased to welcome Dianne Yoder to the Strategic Sourcing group as a Commodity Team Manager. Dianne will take an active role in establishing and executing our sourcing strategies for Information Technology, working with our IT Community to equip the UC with the devices, software and services needed to perform our mission. Dianne joins us from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and has previously worked for Bank of America and Accenture.  Dianne can be reached at dianne.yoder@ucop.edu or on 510 587 6496.

We are also excited to welcome our colleagues into our Pilot Category Centers of Excellence teams for MRO and Life Sciences. These teams will begin on August 26th with three weeks of intensive effort in Oakland.  The COEs will combine category expertise from across the system to address our spend in a way that provides more leverage and that better understands and meets client’s expectations.  MRO will be lead by UCOP Commodity Manager David Houghton, with team members Mike Morgan (Davis), Kate Cunningham (SC), and Suzanne Miller (LA) along with support from Dave Kolsom (SF/B). Life Sciences will be lead by UCOP Commodity Manager Valerie Vergara, with team members Claire Tsai (LA), Kalyn Miller (SD), and Ross Bausone (SF).

Our guidebook is the Opportunity Assessment performed over the past eight weeks by our Accenture colleagues.  Formally presented to the Procurement Leadership Council on August 16th, the Opportunity Assessment is an analytical look at the University of California’s system-wide spend and current portfolio of agreements, coupled with discussions with our campuses and category experts.  The Opportunity Assessment catalogs more than 50 opportunities for strategic sourcing activities with annual savings between of between $46 and $96 million annually. These guidebooks will be used by our pilot COEs to develop the schedule of sourcing projects that will continue to lead us on our journey towards $200 million.

We look forward to sharing with you more about our traveling companions and guidebook in the coming weeks as we continue on our journey.