Procurement exist to help the University achieve our objectives and deliver the best results for the best value expenditure. Our role is to assist our staff in dealings with suppliers and to work with them to help source the goods and services needed to do their work.
Procurement do not just provide value for money, but also ensure an operational fit between the needs of the University, our students and staff, and the solutions available from the market.
In the current day and age, there is high scrutiny of expenditure and a need to reduce costs. Procurement therefore:
- Provide procurement services and advice for all spend
- Work collaboratively to ensure we get best value for money
- Analyse spend and risk
- Select suppliers to reduce risk
- Review pricing, costs, terms and conditions and performance
- Work collaboratively to drive performance and value for money
- Deliver operational support
- Review how the University works with our suppliers
Approximately £70m a year is spent with external suppliers and contractors. Procurement exist to ensure that that money is spent in a manner that is demonstrably best value in terms of performance, delivery of outcomes, reduced cost and customer satisfaction.
This includes involvement at every step of a requirement, from the early stages where a need is identified, to the last day of a multi-year contract, and the subsequent arrangement of a new contract. Our intention is to deliver a co-ordinated, business wide approach that meets the aims of the corporate plan.
The Procurement team at the University use an online tender portal, Delta to publish all our procurement opportunities over the value of £25,000. Suppliers should register their details at: https://kent.delta-esourcing.com
If you wish to become a supplier to us, please use the Contact tab and we will respond if there is a requirement we may wish to pursue.
Please find a public version of our Procurement Strategy for 2018-21. Sensitive commercial and staff information has been redacted.