Brown University Procurement Mission Statement
The University’s goal for procurement transactions is to achieve maximum value for each dollar expended. Maximum value is defined as “matching the right quality of product/service to each of the various tasks at hand, coupled with high level vendor service and support offered at highly competitive price levels.” To achieve this objective, the University will develop business relationships with those suppliers who proactively engage in improving the supply chain managment process.
The procurement program shall be structured to facilitate the “requisition, purchase, to pay” process to minimize transactional cost while ensuring appropriate levels of internal control. Departments are advised to consider implementing precautionary handling methods when Specifications involve hazardous materials. The Department of Environmental Health & Safety Should be consulted regarding handling and disposition of hazardous devices and materials.
In order to enhance the procurement process, the Purchasing Department shall serve as a consultant to the University community on all procurement matters including, but not limited to: market research, competitive sources of supply, supplier pre-qualification, compliance with laws, contract development/administration, and terms and conditions of purchase to protect the University’s position.