Nimish Patel Named Associate Vice President – Procurement, and Chief Procurement Officer

Namish Patel

Nimish Patel, CPSM, PE

Associate Vice President – Procurement, and Chief Procurement Officer

University Finance and Administration

Dear Rutgers Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Nimish Patel to the position of Associate Vice President – Procurement, and Chief Procurement Officer, effective August 14, 2017. In his new role, Nimish will establish the vision, mission, and strategy for a world-class procure-to-pay function, and ensure unsurpassed customer service practices and systems are implemented and maintained to support the needs of the various missions and operating units of the University. His primary responsibilities include:

  • Determine and implement strategies that optimize the procurement of goods and services needed by customers and in partnership with business partners and vendors.
  • Develop a creative and dynamic approach to procuring goods and services that customers need at the best economic value.
  • Create an environment that consistently delivers unsurpassed customer service, and develop customer relationships that are uniformly positive.
  • Stabilize, manage, and extend procure-to-pay tools that have been implemented recently, improving their utility to University Procurement Services, as well as administrative, faculty, and student users. 

Nimish joins the University with more than 25 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in global strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, and process improvement. Most recently, Nimish was the Head of Procurement Excellence at Mylan Pharmaceuticals. In this capacity, he was accountable for the Corporate-wide transformation of sourcing processes, deployment of enabling technologies/systems, and continuous improvement of the procurement organization. He also created a Center of Excellence, which established procurement metrics, scorecards, governance standards and methodologies, learning and development programs and knowledge repositories.

Prior to his last role, Nimish held procurement and process engineering positions at Hoffman-La Roche, Cephalon and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In these roles, he built, transformed and led global organizations that were responsible for all aspects of enterprise-wide procurement services.

Nimish is a Rutgers alumnus, having earned his Master of Science in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of East London.

I would like to thank Michael McLatcher, Interim Executive Director, Procurement, for his leadership during the past several months to manage the activities of our Procurement organization.

Please join me in welcoming Nimish to Rutgers University, and in extending congratulations on his new role.


J. Michael Gower

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

University Treasurer