Do you ever feel like there isn't enough time in the day to make the necessary purchases for your university? This is the exact challenge Edward (Ted) Nasser, Chief Procurement Officer for The University of Arizona, feels every day. In the last few years, his team has had quite an overhaul with some retirements, so his team is fairly new to the purchasing world. Even with a fresh perspective, there isn't enough time or manpower to get the job done without the help of cooperative purchasing.
“We rely on cooperatives as much as possible because quite frankly, we don't have the manpower or the time to do all of these solicitations on our own,” says Nasser.
Ted truly enjoys the people he works with and appreciates the time and effort they put in every day to keep the campus running. This is what keeps him going and drives him to dedicate so much of his time to procurement. Being in this role for almost 12 years, Ted has seen the world of cooperative purchasing slowly grow over time. In Ted’s opinion, it is becoming more clear that utilizing cooperative contracts is a net win for universities.
“Starting out as an associate buyer, I started to realize, you know, wow, OK, this this is kind of cool. Being able to take advantage of a cooperative that allows us to bypass the bidding requirements, is huge,” says Nasser.