P200: Strategic Procurement

Sponsor's Corner

At last month’s 2015 National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) annual meeting in Atlanta, a number of outstanding presentations were made by members of our UC Procurement Services Community:

•    Erin Riley (UCOP) – Recognizing Our Benefit: How the UC System Tackles the Challenge of Defining, Collecting and Reporting Savings
•    Ted Johnson (UCSD) – Procurement Transformation through Talent Management
•    Kalyn Miller (UCSD) & Katherine Hang (UCSD) –A Collaborative Approach to Supplier sustainability Scorecards
•    William Propst (UCLA) – Talent Management: Peer-to-Peer

At that same event, UC Procurement Services was awarded the MetaProcure ‘Partnership and Collaboration’ Award, acknowledging organizations for creating and implementing innovative procurement strategies and business solutions.  The award specifically recognized our collaborative governance model, the Procurement Leadership Council, as well as our commodity and process-centric Centers of Excellence (COE) workgroup structure.  This recognition and our strong presence at NAEP 2015 clearly demonstrates UC’s industry leadership position in Procurement transformation.

While we value the accolades and external validation of our efforts, the real substantiation is what we generate in benefit to our institution – the efficiencies and savings we deliver, optimizing value for the teaching, research and public service missions of the UC.  With two months remaining in the fiscal year, UC Procurement Services has reported over $146M in benefit, exceeding our 2015FY goal of $140M.
Working collaboratively – even when it’s hard – has been the key to reaching and exceeding our goals.  We are committed to continuing to explore and exploit opportunities that leverage “The Power of Ten!”

William “Bill” Cooper
Associate Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer