Policies and Procedures

Mission

Our primary role is to support the academic mission of the College. We accomplish this by assisting the College community with the timely and cost effective procurement of goods and services. We endeavor to maximize the College's purchasing power through the use of competitive bidding, negotiation, and administration of special pricing agreements and contracts. We encourage a professional relationship between vendors and the community while establishing standards of vendor performance which benefit the College.

Mutual objectives are achieved through teamwork, sound business practices, policy and procedure and state of the art technology.

Authority for Procurement

The Purchasing Department is an operation of the Division of Business and Finance.
All procurement negotiations have been delegated to Purchasing by the administration, through the Office of the Vice President for Business and Finance.

Purchasing is authorized to commit institute funds in the form of official Purchase Orders and signed contracts. We negotiate Master Contracts that pool the institutes buying power to obtain favorable pricing and contract terms. In addition, we are members of purchasing consortiums to maximize our buying power. The purchasing of minor equipment or services can be relegated to department level through the use of a Wentworth Procurement Card assigned and monitored by the Purchasing Office.

We strive to meet the responsibilities for our authority for procurement through our Mission and commitment to the standard of ethics established by the National Association of Educational Buyers.