Procurement & Contracting Services is a strategic partner essential to the financial health of the university. Our value includes cost savings/reduction, cost avoidance, revenue generation, and internal cost reduction.
We expand opportunities for teaching, research and public service by delivering savings and efficient procurement services across the University of California.
Our team is made up of
- Procurement & Contracting Services (includes Business & Revenue Contracts, Commodity and Service Procurement Teams, and Procurement Operations & Supplier Maintenance Team)
- Strategic Sourcing
- Training and Outreach
Our team follows the UC Davis Bidding Guidelines for university procurement.
We review, negotiate, and establish legal, binding agreements and contracts for the provision of services and service-related transactions. Business Contracts agreements require signatures on behalf of both the university and the contractor. Signature authority has been delegated from the Chancellor to the Chief Procurement Officer and the Business & Revenue Contracts Lead. Unless granted a delegation by Business & Revenue Contracts, campus departments may not sign agreements on behalf of the university.
Please note there are other contracting offices for campus, each charged with overseeing and producing certain types of agreements. Aside from Business Contracts, the other contract offices are: Sponsored Programs, Real Estate, Design and Construction Management, Innovation Access, and the UC Davis Medical Center Purchasing and Health Systems Contracts offices.
Buyers specialize in different commodities and services and acquire goods and services for the UC Davis community at the best price and quality available. Through the management of supplier relations, contracts, agreements, and competitive bid solicitations we strive to foster partnerships that leverage the purchasing power of UC Davis. Some of the actions taken by the various buyer teams include risk assessment, fiscal, legal, and personnel considerations, while addressing policy, processes, and regulatory obligations to comply with university requirements associated with specific acquisitions.
This team supports the campus and the procurement teams by maintaining the supplier and commodity information in our various UC Davis procurement systems.
The Strategic Sourcing team is responsible for leading university-wide strategic sourcing initiatives that include implementing best-in-class strategic supplier relationships, agreements to leverage annual purchase volume and rationalize the approved supplier base to an optimum level. We ensure that Strategically Sourced Contracts provide tangible benefits and value to the university community. In addition, the Strategic Sourcing Team manages the e-procurement application (AggieBuy) and represents UC Davis on all system-wide sourcing initiatives incorporating our local requirements.
Our Training and Outreach team develops training (classroom and online), email messaging, and websites to address effective system use, best practices, and ways to ensure that departments are getting goods and services at the lowest overall cost. We also regularly review the data from our Help Desk metrics and customer surveys to address additional training and communication opportunities for our customers.