The University Central Purchasing Office is responsible for setting the standards and procedures that govern procurement procedures. They regularly check that the University keeps within legislative guidelines and advises on the best methods for all purchasing related issues.
Each Department has its own purchasing procedures, but they work within the Central Purchasing guidelines. For more information relating to University procedures, visit the Central Purchasing website.
Central Purchasing, with the help of various UK University consortia and Cambridge University committees, have put together a list of Preferred Suppliers. A preferred supplier is a company who has agreed to discounted prices for the University. They have been subjected to financial checks, agreed to abide by best practice procedures and therefore all staff are encouraged to buy from these suppliers where at all possible.
Everyone in the University needs to buy products and services in order to do their job effectively. iProcurement (iProc) is designed to help you do this. iProc is linked to an electronic marketplace, which contains hundreds of thousands of products. A list of suppliers on the marketplace can be found here.