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Procurement Service

 Procurement Service


The Procurement Service provides a comprehensive procurement advisory service covering all aspects of supply chain management to Departments and Colleges. This includes the development and implementation of procurement strategies which support the delivery of University's strategic objectives, in full compliance with internal and external procedures.

The Procurement Service liaises with external organisations and is regulated by Government and Public Contracting Regulations, as well as working with sector bodies on Procurement related matter, e.g HEFCE and Regional/National Purchasing Consortia.

The Procurement Service is strategically led by the Head of Procurement and is located in Holly Wing ground floor of the Mountjoy centre on the University Science Site and consists of 3 main sections.

Category Team

The Category Teams provides advice on general Procurement issues that may face staff as part of their work. This includes, but is not limited to,

  • The establishment of contracts or Framework Agreements for regular demand commodities and subsequent contract management;
  • Ensuring compliance with procurement related statutory obligations;
  • Undertaking tender exercises for purchases over £100k (exc VAT).
  • Queries relating to the use of purchasing card.

The Procurement Team comprises of Senior Category Managers, Category Managers and Category Officers. For further details please navigate around the site.


The Insurance Service forms part of the Procurement Service, and is managed by the Insurance Manager, assisted by an Insurance Assistant and a part time Insurance Assistant. Responsibilities include ensuring relevant cover is in place to minimise the University's commercial risks and protect the University in its relevant business activities.

Purchasing Team (PT)

The University has undergone a strategic review of its procurement functions which has resulted in the implementation of strategically controlled procurement teams to replace the traditional devolved structure. 

The Purchasing Team (PT) was introduced in May 2006. Purchases for the Faculties of Social Sciences and Health, Arts and Humanities and Durham Business School were included in December 2008. 

For further information and to access all documents, procedures, service levels and staffing please go to the Purchasing Teams section of the website.