The governance of the UT System Supply Chain Alliance provides leadership and support from both a top-down and a bottom-up organizational structure. All UT System Supply Chain Alliance contracts are executed by UT System Administration and are system-wide contracts.

The Strategic Services Group is governed by an Operating Committee whose members are the chief procurement officers of each of the UT System institutions; the associate vice chancellor for health affairs serves as chair. The Operating Committee governs the day-to-day operational activities of the Strategic Services Group.

The Operating Committee is governed by an UT Shared Services Executive Committee which serves as the rule-making body and primary governance authority of the UT System Supply Chain Alliance, and is comprised of the chief business officers appointed by the presidents of the UT System institutions. The UT Shared Services Executive Committee is chaired by the executive vice chancellor for business affairs.

Spend Councils are the driving force behind the UT System Supply Chain Alliance joint purchasing initiative. Spend Councils are made up of a diverse group of leaders from the UT System institutions who oversee and participate in strategic sourcing initiatives. They provide technical expertise, guidance and evaluation and selection of preferred suppliers.

There are currently six Spend Councils:

  • General Business/Administration
  • Research
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Revenue Cycle

The Spend Council members are the primary determinants on what products and services should be pursued through a strategic sourcing event. Additionally, they appoint subject matter experts (SME) to provide assistance in developing requests for proposals, and evaluation of the supplier responses and their technical capabilities. The Spend Council members determine the success of strategic sourcing events by being fully engaged in the process from the beginning until the contract is awarded.


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