Procurement Division

The University’s Finance Office Procurement Division provides a procurement service to all University Colleges and Corporate Services Departments. This service ranges from the provision of advice and guidance on all aspects of procurement and purchasing through to;

  • Administering compliant competitive tender or request for quotation processes;
  • Negotiating commercial contracts
  • Establishing the University’s Approved Supplier base for repeat demand products and services
  • Creating correctly tendered Framework Agreements

Procurement are also responsible for the development and implementation of University procurement policies and strategies and are also involved in reviewing purchasing processes and systems in order to seek process efficiencies and improvements.

The University also now has in place a three year procurement strategy (2014 to 2017) and a Directors Board (Procurement Strategy Forum) to drive strategically savings and improvements, the strategy covers the five core themes below;

  • Theme one; savings delivery
  • Theme two; capacity building
  • Theme three; systems and processes
  • Theme four; ethical procurement
  • Theme five; supplier relationship management

The Finance Office; Procurement Division comprises of ten staff, and is supported by three other procurement professionals located in Medical and Dental Sciences, Estates Maintenance and Hospitality and Accommodation Services. The members of the Team that have a direct Procurement role are organised as “Commodity Category Lead Roles” for the University (which basically means that they are the main point of contact for specific products and services which are captured in certain product and services “categories”):