Strategic Procurement Transformation (SPT) Project

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The focus of the Strategic Procurement Transformation project is to implement procurement solutions that apply proven supply chain management processes and operations across the University. Implementing these solutions will enable the University to achieve approximately $45 million in annual cost-savings and further leverage SIMBA, the University's new financial management tool. 

The Strategic Procurement Transformation project will implement the following recommendations, as identified in the recent external studies done by Huron Consulting and the procurement consulting agency AArete: 

  • Create a centralized procurement model and office that will increase synergy and collaboration over University contracts and purchases.   
  • Implement category managers to build a relationship management standard of practice connecting suppliers to end-users and to negotiate the best possible pricing strategies.  
  • Add specialists in communication, compliance, and data management to better manage and support each category strategy.  
  • The category management approach will route the majority of significant spend dollars through Central Procurement, creating less reliance on Purchasing Cards and Non-PO Invoice Payments (formerly known as SRFCs), which are the least cost-effective measures for purchasing.  

Four working groups were created to help implement the above recommendations: 

Organizational Alignment Working Group
This group aims to create an office to better centrally manage strategic procurement practices that will increase the University's buying power and generate cohesiveness for University contracts and purchases. Organizational realignment within the University and organizational analysis and development within the unit will ensure proper skill and job classification to carry out the work.


Category Management Working Group
With the organizational realignment of Central Procurement, this group will define and develop a category management infrastructure that creates experts responsible for specific purchasing categories. These changes will allow singular points of contact to form long-standing relationships and negotiate for best-in-class contracts based on their expertise.


Policy & Guideline Updates Working Group
This working group is responsible for revising existing and developing new policies and guidelines that modernize the strategic purchasing processes and enable the central procurement office to support the University’s cost savings goals.


Compliance and Business Intelligence/Analytics Working Group
This working group's primary purpose will be to determine best business practices for analyzing spending data and utilizing business intelligence to make data-driven decisions on strategic vendors and compliance efforts to maximize departmental performance and savings. 



Key Performance Indicators 

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are a quantifiable measure used to evaluate the progress, effectiveness, or success of an objective over time.


Percent Spend Off Strategic Supplier Contracts

Target: 35%


Return On Investment of Negotiated Savings

Target: 400%


Non-compliant Spending through Non-PO Invoice Payments

Target: 3.5%


Executive Sponsors

Dr. Nicholas Jones, Provost and Executive Vice President

Dr. Sara Thorndike, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer


Working Sponsor

Duane Elmore, Director of Procurement Services


Executive Steering Committee

Jason Bush, Director of Business and Finance at the Fayette and New Kensington Campuses

Joe Doncsecz, Corporate Controller

Jim Dromazos, Grants and Contracts Manager

Mary Lou Ortiz, University Budget Officer

John Papazoglou, Associate Vice President of Auxillary and Business Services

Richard Roush, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences

Steve Tracey, Executive Director of Center for Supply Chain Research

Lora Weiss, Senior Vice President for Research

Don Welch, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer


Project Management Team 

Jeremy Bean, Organizational Change Consultant

Kera Kollman, Financial Officer

Jeff VanHorn, Project Manager 

Toni Vollano, Marketing Communications Specialist