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Brown University supports sustaining and promoting a procurement environment based on the understanding that departments are in the best position to determine what they need to run their programs.  Considerable authority has been delegated to departments to make purchasing decisions.  This requires that employees, involved at every step of the purchasing process, take full responsibility for understanding the University’s policies and procedures regarding purchasing and supplier relations.  Purchasing decisions are business decisions made on behalf of the University, and should be made with consideration for what is in the best interest of the University.  Purchases also need to be made in the most efficient and cost effective manner.  

Purchasing Services is the single point of contact for centralized purchasing activities.  Accounts Payable is the single point of contact for all centralized payment activities. 

Employees who will be responsible for making purchases are expected to have the appropriate security role assigned to them (i.e. Financial Coordinator, Cost Center Manager, etc.) and attend all associated training classes for those roles.  Please visit the Workday website for more information.