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Procurement Services Update - March 14, 2013

As you may know, Procurement Services is undergoing a transformation from tactical purchasing to strategic sourcing. The rebranding of our Department from “Purchasing” to “Procurement Services” is testament to this initiative. Through this process, our goal is to better identify and harness the Institute's buying power and partner with key preferred suppliers to leverage our spend. Our aim is that this strategic approach will result in augmented supplier relations, product and service availability to campus, and increased cost savings to the Institute. But that's just the start! 

Many of you have attended our Supplier Showcases in the past to learn about the services offered by Procurement and our suppliers. Though we plan on organizing a Supplier Showcase for the Fall of 2013, our Procurement Services Update is an opportunity for us to not only update you on the changes going on in our office, the Rensselaer Marketplace and OSCAR, but also to partner with you on the measures we've taken to improve processes and augment the Institute's buying experiences. Below is an overview of the meeting agenda:

  • Roles and Responsibilities – Aimed at making your procurements more efficient
  • Background on our Transformation
  • Procurement Survey Results
  • Process Improvements
  • Results to Date
  • Strategic Direction – What to expect?
  • Timeline of Improvements
  • Supplier Highlights
  • Q&A
  • Lunch!!!!

Procurement Services Update Presentation

Q&A Session

Door Prize Winners:

Office Max- Ergonomic Chair - Katie Bahran, Business Coordinator, NEST Research

Xerox-Grill Set - Kristen Bryk, Administrative Specialist, Biomedical Engineering

VWR-Amazon Gift Card - Jennifer Littlejohn-Administrative Coordinator, Environmental and Site Services

GovConnection- itunes gift card - Dorota Ciesielczyk,  Business Coordinator, CBIS

Sodexo-$25 gift card - Jetuan Rodriguez,  Business Manager, CBIS

RCCS – Seagate backup hard drive - Martha McElligott,  Business Administrator, Rensselaer Union

Grainger- Danielle Belser,  Business manager, VP of Research