Shared Services Project

UPST Goes Live

The UPST officially went live on January 1.  The UPST website went live on January 6.

Campus Town Halls

Representatives from the President's Office will be visiting each campus to provide an update on the Shared Services project. 

UMass Amherst--November 18, 2019

UMass Lowell--November 14, 2019

UMass Dartmouth--November 6, 2019

UMass Boston--October 9, 2019

Chief Procurement Officer Named

During the September 4, 2019 A&F Committee meeting, the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance announced the results of our successful search for a new Chief Procurement Officer.   

Unified Procurement Services Team Design Validation Workshops

In August, the Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST) Transition Team held a series of Design Validation Workshops to engage campus stakeholders in a discussion about the future of procurement and accounts payable.  Three workshops were held:

Questions and feedback will be organized and folded into future design discussions.

Monthly Project Updates

October 2019 Shared Services Project Update

September 2019 Shared Services Project Update

August 2019 Shared Services Project Update

July 2019 Shared Services Project Update

June 2019 Shared Services Project Update

May 2019 Shared Services Project Update

Plan Finalized

At a time of financial challenge for public higher education, we must continuously push ourselves to find more efficient ways of doing business.  In that spirit, President Meehan last year called for the development and implementation of a shared services model of delivering administration and finance services to the campuses.

The resulting plan, developed by a team of subject matter experts that included representatives from each campus, delineates the application of shared services to accounts payable and procurement, at an estimated annual savings of $16 million, and lays the foundation for the exploration of future efficiencies.

The final plan was delivered to the President on January 31 and the Board of Trustees’ Administration & Finance Committee on March 27.  Implementation will begin in May and the new system will be operational by January 2020 and fully operational by June 2020.

We are grateful for the support, guidance and assistance of the leadership and administration and finance functions of each campus.  The full plan can be found here.

UMass Shared Services Plan Final 2019.pdf

Shared Services Plan Questions and Answers

Common questions and answers about the Shared Services Plan

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the Shared Services project, please contact:

David Nero
Assistant Vice President of Innovation and Operational Services
UMass President's Office