Who . . . or what is Strategic Sourcing? Strategic Sourcing is an organization within Rutgers University Procurement Services. We are about one year young and are comprised of 10 individuals who have 1 to 30 years of service w/ Rutgers, including a part-time student worker. Our goal is to strategically source goods and services on behalf of the Rutgers community. Our scope includes all University business areas, and all goods or services typically valued at >$150K.
Recent accomplishments you may be familiar with include securing required IT software and devices during the crisis mode of the pandemic (i.e. Zoom), securing essential supplies for the university frontline workers (i.e. gloves, gowns, masks, hand sanitizer), and the integration of our Rutgers SWAG portal into the RU Marketplace. We were able to leverage existing supplier relationships to secure these pandemic goods and services, where suppliers put Rutgers at the forefront of their account allocations and deliveries. Not all sourcing is only about the cost. We also consider regulatory requirements, assurance of supply, quality, service and innovation. Using a consistent sourcing methodology allows us to create a competitive marketplace to generate overall total value to the university, and build these terms into our supplier contracts for sustained success.
Please stay tuned for more information from our team and check back periodically to the Procurement website and RU Marketplace splash page for additional information.