Christine Kimball, who conceived and developed Ohio Five’s procurement program, will depart Ohio Five on February 25 to assume a new role as Solution Engineer at Jaggaer, a global leader in e-procurement systems and support.
Appointed in 2012, Christine has led the development of purchasing and procurement collaborations across the Five Colleges of Ohio, with special focus on the development of the shared Jaggaer e-procurement solution. Her tenure began with a two-year focus on aligning and renegotiating common Ohio Five supplier contracts, which generated over $500,000 in savings in its first year, a number which continued to grow. In 2015, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she led the implementation and growth of the Ohio Five’s e-procurement program, which today involves more than 1,300 users across academic and operational departments at Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin and Ohio Wesleyan. The system ensures compliance to negotiated contract rates, purchasing procedures, reporting, and data collection that has improved efficiency and savings across the colleges. Since its initial launch, Christine has also led the implementation of new modules and system functionality that support accounts payable, contracts, project management, supplier management, and diversity spend tracking, expanding system capabilities.
In 2020, while overseeing procurement, Christine led a cross-college team of 45 staff and project managers to implement TOPDesk, a new online work management solution. TOPDesk improved the efficiency and transparency of work order and ticketing processes at participating colleges and linked work orders with the Jaggaer e-procurement system for seamless operation and financial reporting. Originally focusing on facilities and IT work orders, the use of the flexible system has expanded to multiple departments at Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, and Ohio Wesleyan, including residential life, registrar operations, student accounts and more, serving more than 500 end users.
“Christine’s work has been transformational to the Ohio Five over almost ten years of dedicated service to our consortium,” commented Executive Director Sarah Stone. “Her skill as a contract negotiator and buyer have saved Ohio Five colleges millions during her tenure, and her deep experience, dedication and can-do leadership as a systems expert optimized our shared online administrative services which continue to yield savings, efficiency, and quality for all our end users. We’ve been very lucky to benefit from the many contributions she has brought to our colleges and our consortium.”
Prior to joining Ohio Five, Christine spent six years in information technology, supporting business systems at The Ohio State University. She has twenty years of procurement experience working in higher education, healthcare and Fortune 500 companies. She has served as a supply-chain optimization advisor for the University Healthsystem Consortium, as an academic medical center representative to the Inter-University Council of Ohio, and is a member of multiple local and national procurement associations. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration at Ohio Dominican University.
Ohio Five will announce plans for an interim director soon as the consortium begins the search for the next Director of Strategic Procurement.