Unified Procurement Services Team

BETTER. FASTER. CHEAPER.

The Unified Procurement Services Team (UPST) was created to provide purchasing, accounts payable, bid execution (sourcing), contracts, and supplier management services to the University of Massachusetts and our partner/ supplier community. We are professionals gathered from all the various UMass campuses to provide high-quality service while driving transaction efficiency.

We manage an average of $1 billion in third-party spend annually, and 17,000+ suppliers/partners by leveraging optimized technology, data-driven business intelligence, staff development strategies, and enhanced operational processes.

Our key objectives are:

  • To provide responsive, consistent, and high-quality customer service
  • To reduce costs through efficiency and strategic sourcing/category management
  • To provide staff with continuous development opportunities 
  • To develop and maintain strong campus relationships

UPST Projects

To achieve our mission of "Better, Faster, Cheaper", the UPST is partnering with various partners both within the President's Office and our various campuses. These projects span automation, technology adoption, process improvement, policy harmonization, and a whole lot more.

Review our current projects

Software for Personal Use

The President's Office and campus Information Technology departments have worked hard to ensure employees and students have access to free and/or IT equipment/discounted software. The Information Technology teams collaborated with the UPST to ensure that cost benefits generated for the system can be extended to our employees for a wide range of equipment/software to be used for their own personal purchases.

NOTE: installation and support information per product can be accessed by your campus links for each product:

Software Description Cost Eligibility
Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of applications that is great for graphic design, photography, video editing, web development, and cloud services.

Free Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell, Presidents Office
Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of cloud-based productivity and collaboration applications that integrates all Microsoft’s existing online applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Sway, and Access) into a cloud service.

Free

Systemwide ( Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Medical School, Presidents Office)
Sophos Antivirus Sophos Antivirus protects your programs, files, and email from malicious software such as malware and viruses. Free Amherst, Dartmouth, Lowell, Presidents Office

Additional IT equipment/software products for Faculty, Students, and Staff can be found at the links below:

For President's Office staff, direct all questions relating to personal use of IT products/services to UITS at: UMass Presidents Office Help Desk at 774-455-7777.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Knowledge Base has answers to the most frequently asked questions that asked by our constituents.

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