The Purchasing Department offers timely procurement of and payment for quality goods and services, records ownership of and manages the disposal of property for the University of Maine. We develop and disseminate efficient processes for doing so. We act as consultants to University personnel for sourcing of products and we provide procurement options. The department acts as a knowledge source for contracting techniques, law and ethics. The department also reviews and administers contracts and solves problems related to all procurements.
The department performs these functions to achieve the highest value for University resources, to safeguard its assets and to insure appropriate stewardship of public funds. These actions support and advance the University’s objectives of education, research and public service and protect the University from unnecessary costs and legal and political challenges. The processes used provide all interested parties an equal opportunity to do business with the University and insure the continued ability of the University to secure external funding.
The department achieves these goals by consistent application of University policy and federal regulations, by maintaining positive internal and external customer relationships, by developing skilled procurement expertise and staying current in areas of expertise. We perform this mission with the highest legal and ethical standards, with courtesy, professionalism, diplomacy and responsiveness, effective communication, vigilance, efficiency, teamwork and humor.