As UT System’s in-house group purchasing organization (GPO), the UT System Supply Chain Alliance (Alliance) executes and manages valuable, multi-institutional master supply agreements. The Alliance leverages the collective size and strength of UT System institutions in order to facilitate group purchases with better pricing and services levels than any institution could achieve on its own.
The Alliance’s Strategic Services Group (SSG), located in Houston, TX, is comprised of teams performing sourcing and contracting services (evaluation of collaborative opportunities, issue RFPs and negotiation of contracts), as well as supplier relation and customer relation services. The latter activities include:
monitoring and resolving supplier performance issues under Alliance master agreements
managing supplier-paid administrative fees, rebates and incentives
improving customer awareness and usage of contracts in the Alliance portfolio
facilitating cross-campus relationships involving sourcing ad contracting
While Alliance staff are employed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, they perform a UT System-wide function. Importantly, the strategy, budget and work plans of the Alliance are determined by the UT System Collaborative Business Services Executive Committee. The Committee’s members are the Chief Business Officers of all 15 institutions comprising The University of Texas System, including UT System Administration.
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